(HealthyResearch.com) – Big or small, curvy or flat, square or round, butts come in all shapes and sizes. Our buttock shape and size may determine everything from which type of swimsuit fits best to what kind of chair feels most comfy.
But could this part of our anatomy also unlock secrets about our health? Yes. Keep reading to learn what your rear reveals about your well-being.
Boost Your Health By Understanding Your Butt Shape
In general, butt shapes belong in one of five categories: Round, square, heart-shaped, A-shaped, and inverted triangle. Each type may offer clues to our health:
- Round: A big round booty has become a celebrity status symbol. Researchers have found that having more fat in our buttocks may lower risk factors for heart disease with weight loss. Both blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved after weight loss in studies. What to Do: To lose fat in round butts, exercises like climbing the stairs, hiking, and yoga may help. Talk with a healthcare provider for guidance before starting or changing a fitness plan.
- Square: Those of us with square butts may store more fat around our waistlines. Fat accumulated in the stomach raises the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. What to Do: Increasing exercise, easing stress, and limiting sugary, high-fat foods may help reduce risks. As always, check with a doctor before changing any diet or fitness programs.
- Heart-Shaped: A butt shaped like a heart typically accompanies wider hips and a smaller waistline. Excess weight in this area may increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the hips. What to Do: If approved by a healthcare provider, cardio activity, such as a daily walk, may help with slimming. A diet higher in protein also might facilitate weight loss.
- Inverted Triangle (V-Shape): When our butt and hips are smaller than our bust, and we have square shoulders, we belong in the inverted triangle category. Otherwise known as V-Shape, this classification may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which might raise our chances of heart disease. What to Do: Lack of exercise and excess weight may contribute to metabolic syndrome. By teaming up with our healthcare provider, we may develop an effective diet and fitness plan to prevent or reverse this syndrome.
- A-Shape (Pear Shape): If our body becomes wider under our hip bones, we own an A-Shape booty, also known as a Pear Shape. Although past studies have shown that this butt shape makes you less prone to heart disease, new research has shown that losing fat in the thighs, hips, and buttocks lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes. What to Do: Pear shapes may find weight loss challenging. A healthy diet that includes low-fat protein, fruits, and vegetables, along with doctor-approved fitness, may help with shedding pounds.
Not sure what your butt shape is? Check out this guide.
What If Your Butt Feels Shapeless?
If our butts are flat, we might assume our slimmer overall shape means zero health risks. But that ruler-like shape may result in challenges building muscle, which in turn increases the risk of bone density loss and osteoporosis.
What to Do: By exercising regularly, taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, reducing our alcohol consumption, and eating a healthy diet, we may reduce our risk of osteoporosis. For guidance on how much calcium and vitamin D to take, consult a doctor.
Many factors go into determining each person’s shape, from our genes to our diet to our activities. Using the information about our butts offers one way to potentially improve our health. As always, consult with your healthcare team before changing your diet or fitness regimens, but upon approval, feel free to go out and shake what your mama gave you!
~Here’s to Your Health & Safety!
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