People with APPLE SHAPE body types carry additional weight in their mid-section. They usually have leaner arms and shoulders and have thinner legs. These characteristics are prevalent in male but can also be seen in some females (which could be due to imbalanced hormone levels).
Mistakes are made in attempt to correct this out of proportion appearance; working out core area only and reducing caloric intake. This causes decreases in all over body mass; losing the quality muscle in arms and shoulders and glutes and thighs.
The goal is to maintain current upper and lower muscle mass and shape and reduce body fat around mid-section. That is achieved by maintaining strength training on all body parts (not just core area) and following proper nutrition with balanced carbohydrates and proper protein amounts (which also helps balance hormone levels).