Published on April 8th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
Waist size that is – what did you think I meant!
So, are you an apple or a pear?
I was a slender pear till I was 30 years old, then a much more substantial pear for the next couple of decades.
But when my hormones changed significantly, and my oestrogen and progesterone levels fell, I changed to the male pattern of weight gain…
And magically turned into an apple, with any excess weight heading straight to my abdomen. Putting me at risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease and Type 2 diabetes!
One of the ways of mitigating this risk is by using the very fruit that describes the shape! Perhaps nature is sending us clues as to the cure!
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”
Presumably because it helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the BMJ (British Medical Journal), has a low glycaemic load and the pectin helps to reduce abdominal fat!
Although I’m recording my weight monthly on My Journey, and in reality checking it after every MAD Fast Day (Modified Alternate Day fasting), it’s actually my waist measurement that I’m most interested in. It’s this measurement that is of the greatest significance from a health perspective.
According to UK NHS guidelines:
For Men: the ideal waist measurement is under 37 inches (94 cms). High is 37 – 40 inches (94 – 102 cms). Very high is over 42 inches (102 cms)
For Women: the ideal waist measurement is under 32 inches (80cm). High is considered to be 32 – 35 inches (80 – 88 cms).
And I’m in the top category. Very high! That’s anything above 35 inches (88 cms)
So I’m very very pleased that in the last five and a half weeks my waist measurement has dropped 3 inches!
The weight loss of seven pounds sounds pretty insignificant….
But 3 inches off my waist is AWESOME!