Women who have hourglass body types carry their weight evenly between top and bottom and have a defined waist. Women often desire this body type as it can translate to voluptuous curves, but it also means that it’s easy to gain 10 pounds without really noticing since the weight gets distributed equally over your body. And the bottom line is that any excess weight can hurt your health. That’s why it’s important for women with hourglass body types to choose what they eat wisely and keenly. Don’t be too hard on yourself, though. There are a lot of gorgeous and talented hourglass women who have been able to maintain their curves and still be healthy. The whole point of this plan is not to take your curves away, just make them as healthy as possible.
Foods to avoid
Your voluptuous figure may be due to higher levels of female hormones like estrogen and progesterone just like the pear shape. While they can have health benefits, estrogen is also a fat-storing hormone that can lead to weight gain, which increases estrogen even further.
Certain foods can also increase the production of these hormones and dramatically increase your weight. These include:
- Coffee, black tea, colas: it makes no difference if they’re unsweetened or not. Avoid them. If you’re drinking a lot of caffeine right now, ease off slowly cutting back over three days. Substitute decaf, or at the very least, drink green tea.
- Dairy, especially high-fat dairy. That’s not to say that other fats aren’t good for you – they are. But dairy fat is a no-no for your body.
Foods you should eat
The key to fighting sneaky weight gain for hourglass body types is smart snacking. Instead of mindlessly reaching for a bag of chips or biscuits in your kitchen drawer, your carbs should be coming from high-quality, complex sources.
Your secret snack weapon? Veggies. Vegetables are not only good for you, but they also allow you to eat a lot of food without taking in a lot of calories, helping you feel full and satisfied.
Good snack options for hourglass types: carrots and avocados, celery and almond butter, and cucumbers.
Size of meals for hourglass body types
Unlike the pear shapes where they eat in a pyramid sort of formula, hourglass body types should eat like an inverted pyramid. This means that they should eat a big breakfast, moderate lunch and small dinner.