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Pick Your Body Shape, Then Find Out The Best Way To Eat Right

It seems that there are no shortage of weight loss regimens these days. Each one claiming to eliminate the "problem areas," on our bodies and magically transform us into the ideal shape.

The fact is, our DNA has encoded a particular shape unique to each of us. No matter how much we food we deprive ourselves of, or how many weights we lift, if we don't maintain the regimen, we will always fall back to our default setting.

Instead of fighting against the way nature made us, let's work with it. Fueling ourselves with healthy foods in quantities that satisfy the needs of each body type just makes sense!

Find your body type below and discover what you really need to survive and thrive!

As someone with a rectangle body shape, you have narrow hips and an undefined waist.

Even if you don’t gain weight easily, you should still focus on maintaining a healthy diet. Eat more of foods that are rich in plant-based proteins and unsaturated fats.

Try adding olive oil, nuts, lean protein and complex carbs such as fruits, veggies and beans to your diet.

This body type tends to carry all or most of its weight in the belly area. Your legs and arms of are generally fairly slender without much extra weight.

If you have this body type, eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day to keep your metabolism up. Focus on foods that are rich in fiber, as well as fruits, vegetables and food with plenty of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps reduce cortisol levels in the body, which causes fat to migrate to your middle.

Start with base of clean proteins (chicken, lean beef, pork, fish) and supplement with healthy fats (eggs, avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butter, coconut oil, olive oil, full-fat cheeses). Don't forget to eat plenty of leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine).

Have you got a round bottom but a narrow top? You're probably a Pear, check out our recommendations on the next page...

We all come in different shapes and sizes, rather than trying to force ourselves into something we're not, let's celebrate our body diversity!

These are general guidelines to eating in healthy way that compliments your body shape.

Take these suggestions as a rule of thumb and always consult with your doctor before committing to a new diet or exercise plan.

No matter what your body shape, it is always a good idea to maintain some level of moderate fitness and a balanced diet consisting of whole foods.

People with this body shape have larger lower bodies and smaller upper bodies. They tend to store fat on the hips, thighs, and bottom.

Women with this body shape typically have slow metabolisms. Counteract this by filling up on metabolism boosting foods like almonds and oatmeal.

Avoid high-sodium foods and refined carbs such as bread, noodles and rice. Instead, eat foods with a high protein content, such as meat, fish or eggs.

Don't skip the fruit! Increased estrogen levels can cause fat to settle in your bottom and thighs. To reduce estrogen levels, eat high-fiber foods.

Women with an hourglass body type tend to lack muscle tone and gain weight evenly all over their body. They usually have an increased risk of high blood sugar levels.

the foundation of your diet should consist of raw vegetables and fruits. Then, supplement with whole grain cereals (oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat) and daily servings of lean protein and plenty of spices.

Try to eat 4-6 small meals a day to keep your metabolism up. Avoid refined carbs such as white bread, noodles and rice.

Now, tell us what you think!

[h/t MindBodyGreen / Fitness Magazine / FireupFitness]