Will you inherit your mom’s figure? If your mom is slim, you may be hoping you will have her figure when you are older. If your mom is plump…well, not so much.
The good and bad news is you won’t inherit your mom’s figure unless you happen to have the same body shape as your mother. And, the simple way to tell is by simply taking a closer look at your mother.
To answer the question, “Will I grow up to look like my mother?” determine your mom’s body shape and then “figure” out your own figure. Even if you do have the same body shape, you can have a better body by eating clean and exercising right for your body shape.
Experts generally classify people as mesomorph, ectomorph or endomorph. Sometimes people are called pear, apple or hourglass shaped. But the Body Type Diet by Dr. Elliot Abravanel and Elizabeth King Morrison classifies women into four distinct body shapes based on the dominant gland that determines their shape and metabolism.
Every woman fits into one of these four categories. The four glands for women are pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal gland and gonadal gland. People have distinct physical characteristics and different metabolisms because one of the four major glands was and still is most active.
The Two Heaviest Body Types
No. 1: The heaviest body type is the Gonadal Type or G-Type . They are the classic pear-shaped bodies with weight accumulating in the hip area, but a smaller upper body. It’s extremely easy to identify a pear shape woman, who will weigh more and gain fat easily.
The pear-shaped G-Types are considered the classic endomorph. They have a higher number of fat cells. Their constant yo-yo dieting can make it more and more difficult to lose weight. They tend to have a small, heart-shaped face. A celebrity example would be Jennifer Love Hewitt, whose boyfriend Jamie Kennedy allegedly called her a “pear ass.” She was mocked by the media for looking large in a bikini. When they gain weight, they may develop a large lower tummy, but still have a comparatively smaller upper waist area.
No. 2: Another heavy body type is the Adrenal Types or A-Types. But unlike the G-Type, who is heavier due to a higher number of fat cells, the A-Type typically weighs more (but looks thinner) due to so much muscle mass. The Adrenal Types are the classic mesomorph types that develop muscle easily and are athletic. This type can look like an apple body shape when they gain weight since weight accumulates in their mid-section. Their face is usually round or they have a square type jaw. They typically have muscular legs even if they don’t exercise. An example is Kirsten Dunst.
The Two Lighter Body Types
No. 3: A lighter body type is the Thyroid or T-Types . They are the classic ectomorph or thin type with fine or small bones. They typically have an oval-shaped face. The T-Types tend to become heavier by eating too much sugar or carbohydrates, but can lose weight easily by giving up sugar and caffeine. They have an hourglass shape, and have no problem slimming down the hip area or what is the “wide load zone” for the G-Type woman. A celebrity example of the T-Type would be Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Gosselin. A healthy weight for the T-Types is usually on the lower end of the scale since they are small boned, unless they are athletic and carry a lot of lean body mass.
No. 4: Another lighter body type is the Pituitary or P-Types. The P-Types distribute body fat pretty much everywhere: from their head to their toes. They tend to have chubby knees. But you’ll find P-Types did not weigh much when they were younger and thin. Celebrity Kelly Osbourne is a good example of a P-Type, and she weighs 112 pounds at 5-foot-2. In terms of personality, which is also linked to body type, they tend to be a morning person, and can be detached and introverted, but giggly when happy.
Your ability to develop muscle mass is an inherited trait, according to researchers. If you are the A or Adrenal Body type you will have no problem building muscle quickly. If you have trouble building muscle but your mother is athletic; then, you did not inherit her A-Type body shape or you could be a T-Type. T-Types have no problem gaining muscle when they work out.
So, will I look like my mother? If you don’t share the same body type, you will not look like your mother. If you have the same metabolism and body shape, and you don’t like the way your mother looks, take a better approach to health and fitness.
Gather some new and old photos of yourself and your mother to determine body shape. Since body shape is linked to metabolism, people with the same body types tend to crave the same kinds of foods. Does your mother gravitate toward cookies or cake, meat and salty fries, milk shakes or spicy and creamy food? What about you?
In my own experience, I had all the characteristics of a T-Type when answering the questions in The Body Type Diet book. My older sister is an A-Type, while my younger sister is also a T-Type. I first suspected my mother to be a G-Type, but after some research determined she is a P-Type. If you share the same body type with a sister, mother or friend; then, team up to lose weight together with the same approach. Do not diet with someone who has a different body type as it will spell trouble for you both!
When it comes to dieting, it’s only a one-size-fits-all approach with others who share the same body type and metabolism!
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