Now that you have taken your measurements, look at the chart to identify your natural body shape. Note that the waist measurement is only taken into consideration if the shoulder and the hip measurements are equal (or within one-half inch of each other).

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If you measured smaller on top, the chart identifies you as an “A” shape (or a Triangle). You probably have already noticed that when you gain weight, you do so in your hip or thigh area. And frustratingly, when you lose weight, the first place you lose it is in your chest! Conversely, if you measured smaller on the bottom, you can consider yourself a “V” (or Inverted Triangle). That’s right, you gain weight in your upper body first and lose it from your hip area first.

Those who are the “H” shape (or Rectangle) tend to be those who have a slim build and weight change isn’t as likely as others. They, along with the “S” shape (or Hourglass), tend to gain weight evenly all over. Those who are “O” shaped (or Circle) tend to gain and lose weight in their middle section.

Notice that the chart goes on to show how we want to put our body in balance and the area of focus needed to complete that task. This chart is a simplistic way of tying image education into a nutshell. We know what we are, we need to put it into balance and we see how to do it. That really is all you need to know—how to put your body in balance.

Wouldn’t it be great if that was all there was to it? The tape measure says I’m a “V,” I follow the rules on the chart, and I look great all the time! Unfortunately many of you are already disagreeing with what the measurements came up with.