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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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41. Spot reduction: the facts and the fiction

How much can you change your natural shape? Is it possible to lose weight from specific areas of your body? There are many myths surrounding those questions. Here’s the truth.

What did you inherit? I don’t mean a cottage by the sea or your Great Uncle Stan’s stamp collection – I’m talking about things like Mum’s thighs and Dad’s height.

As well as your gender and your nutrition in childhood, the main influence on your body shape comes from your parents. You can take after one or other of them, or be a mix of both.

Broadly speaking, human shapes can be split into three main types, ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs. Ectomorphs are tall and thin and are often quite angular or even delicate-looking. ...

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