Hi, I'm 18 and my goal is to start incorporating exercise and a better diet into my daily life because I have high cholesterol and very low vitamin D. But also, I would like to finally feel comfortable with my body too, so I would like to slim down and lose some body fat. I am 5ft 2in, over 145lbs and pear shaped with wide hips and a bit of a tummy (I've been asked before if I was 5/6 months pregnant, really embarrassing). I would like to lose 35 to 40 pounds. I am not in any rush to lose weight and understand it's something that I should take the time to do. I have read that if one wants to slim down as a pear shape, they have to avoid certain workouts and certain foods, is this true? Speaking in terms of sections (top,mid,lower), what are some of the best exercises to benefit a pear shape like me? Or is this "exercise for your body type" thing not really important? Any pear shapes themselves who have advice?