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The perception of beauty is more the result of an influence than the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"; these days at least. Just like fashion (clothing and style), it's also more of a cycle that repeats every other generation or so. Case in point - the physique.
The thin ala "Twiggy" look or the curvy ala "Sophia Loren" figure has never gone out of fashion and would make their reappearance, at the very least, a few times over one lifetime. Today, the latter is on the rise (again), and this time round, coupled with an increased awareness that where the curves end up - matters.
Having aspirations is one thing, but the aspiration coming to fruition is another. Not everyone is blessed with natural curves or curves in the right places.
Does genetics affect body fat distribution?
Fat distribution depends on a host of factors, the primary one being genetics . Although this applies across the two genders, it seems more prevalent in women than men. However, the presence of fat in certain locations, like the abdominal area, has been observed to be higher in men, which correlates with or may explain the higher incidence of cardiovascular issues among them.
In women, the tendency for fat to be stored in areas such as the hips or legs, while it may sound discouraging, may protect them against such disease.
Your DNA determines your body shape
Genetics is responsible for most, if not all, things, from how we look to what we could be afflicted with when it comes to medical conditions. This also includes body shape. Genetic variations have been discovered to have an impact on the waist-to-hip ratio . This discovery may enable more research on these variants that could help uncover potential diseases or conditions, such as obesity and address them before they get the opportunity to develop further.
Does knowing your blood type and DNA help you manage your health and understand your fat distribution?
The waist-to-hip ratio may indicate an individual's potential exposure to and risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Having more fat around the waist, in relation to the hips, results in a higher ratio and, along with it, an increased risk.
While there are multiple significant published studies on the relationship between DNA and fat distribution, the same cannot be said regarding blood type- its relation to fat distribution. Body fat distribution and genetics also contribute to a body's shape.
Understanding your body shape
A specific body shape may indicate that the individual could be more prone to a health risk. While this is not an affirmation or a confirmation, it's good to know the potential risks often associated with different body shapes.
Apple Body Shape
The Apple Body shape is reported to have the highest at-risk potential, as a large waist is a sign of abdominal obesity, which could lead to issues such as heart disease. The risk of Type II diabetes is also higher in persons with this body shape.
Belly fat poses a risk because:
- It exists in the space between the organs, which puts unnecessary stress and lowers these organs' ability to perform their function well.
- It affects the body's metabolism, releasing fatty acids and other substances into the body via veins connected to the liver. This can significantly reduce production from the pancreas.
- It can cause the blood sugar level to stay high, increasing the risk of diabetes.
- It can also trigger an inflammatory response, releasing cytokines - a substance that causes heart disease.
A person with an apple-shaped body may not be overweight, but their risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer is still higher than those with a smaller waist.
Apple Body Shape: What to Do
Health starts in the kitchen, as the familiar adage goes. Avoiding food that can cause a spike in blood sugar levels and those that can produce more fat is a recommended first step.
Incorporating healthy options like fruits, vegetables, salmon and others into one's diet can provide the body with the nutrition it needs to prevent potential diseases. An exercise routine like a full-body workout makes the perfect company for a healthy diet. Spot exercising to lose fat in specific areas doesn't help. Hence, a full-body workout reduces fat in the problem areas and the whole body more efficiently.
Pear Body Shape
The Pear Body shape poses a challenge. This is because of contrasting and contradicting results from studies about this body shape. Past studies showed that the risk of heart disease is lower with fat in areas such as the hips, thighs and buttocks. However, recent ones show that a leaner body does more good for the body. Weight loss in any part of the body helps in lowering cholesterol levels.
Pear Body Shape: What to Do
Fat loss is an effort that requires commitment and discipline. A balanced mix of a healthy diet and exercise can produce results, and eating smaller portions, for example, is one effective method. But a person must bear in mind that the body needs the energy to perform, so getting the right amount is equally, if not more, important.
Hourglass Body Shape
A person with an Hourglass Body shape may be unable to spot the areas where excess fat or weight gain appears. This is a challenge for many, for relying on the weighing scale frequently can get tiring.
Hourglass Body Shape:What to Do
A full-body workout is usually recommended for people with this body type as their tendency to put on weight both in the upper and lower body is high. A diet made up of low-fat and high-fibre food can also help maintain a healthy weight.
Inverted Triangle Body Shape
The Inverted Triangle shape is associated with women with large busts. Having larger breasts has sometimes been misinterpreted as linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, but this is yet to be proven. Breast density is actually the more reliable indicator. Dense breasts usually have more connective tissue than fatty ones, increasing the risk of breast cancer.
Inverted Triangle Body Shape: What to Do
Aside from consuming a lower-fat, blanched diet, lower-body exercises such as lunges, leg raises, and squats can help achieve a balanced physical appearance. Staying physically active also helps to burn excess fat while maintaining a healthy weight.
Ruler (Column) Body Shape
The Ruler (Column) Body shape is a slender look often misunderstood as skinny. Being overweight and underweight both present risks for an individual. Underweight women are prone to issues such as malnutrition, menstruation, getting pregnant and even depression.
Ruler (Column) Body Shape: What to Do
Individuals with a slender physique may be lulled into thinking that all is well, but it is essential to ensure they are mindful of what they eat and engage in a healthy lifestyle. Body fat can increase without them realising, which may often cause them to develop issues such as diabetes and others associated with persons of other body shapes and types.
So, how to get curves in the right places? Breast Fat Grafting!
Getting curves in the right places is a matter of genetics, but advancements in medicine and technology have made the aspiration a reality for more people. Fat transfer is a popular option where excess fat is removed via liposuction and then transferred to the parts of the body where it's needed. The fat used belongs to the patient, significantly reducing tissue rejection chances. The fat is harvested from areas with excess fat, such as the hips and thighs.
Breast augmentation via fat grafting/transfer is also a preferred method for many looking to increase their bust size while at the same time reducing excess fat in other parts. The procedure results in a natural appearance and a more contoured physique.
ADR-C Breast Enhancement with Fat Grafting/Transfer is a signature treatment of Amaris B. Clinic, a body sculpting, medical aesthetic and fitness clinic in Singapore.
In the hands of Dr Ivan Puah, its medical director, many patients have experienced much-needed and welcomed changes to their body shape and confidence. With close to TWO decades of body sculpting experience, Dr Puah understands each patient's needs and can achieve results that are within realistic expectations.
The procedure utilises the proprietary MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo Technique developed by Dr Puah. This approach enables the thorough removal of fat from all three fat layers and tailored contouring, and additionally, this technique also stimulates collagen production for firmer skin. The excess fat removed is processed before being injected into breasts through small and strategically placed incisions. This procedure not only increases breast volume but also improves the breast shape and provides subtle lifting.
If you would like to remove unwanted body fat but are not achieving any results with dietary changes, exercise or even other forms of fat reduction methods, liposuction is a clinically proven solution to permanently remove the unwanted fat. Rather than "wasting" the fat taken out, you can consider ADR-C Fat Grafting or Transfer procedure to rejuvenate your face or increase the volume and shape of your breasts or buttocks.
If you have any questions or want to learn about the body contouring solutions we provide, contact us at 65364211 today.