This post is about something that's probably crossed most ladies' minds at one time or the other - A SLIMMER WAISTLINE.
A slimmer waist is one of the great marks of a perfect figure, and I have a couple of tricks on how you can have it.
Since this is a fashion and fitness blog, I'll be looking at it from different angles, the fashion angle, the diet angle and the exercise angle. I can assure you that all these angles work, so let's get into them, shall we?
Fashionistas get ready. The cool thing about fashion is that it's got an answer to almost every fashion problem. If you're already really slim or you don't want the exercise or diet angle, or you want that slim waist for an occasion this weekend, these are a few fashion tricks you can try out:
1. MAXI SKIRTS
Dress slightly fuller below the waist, I.e around the hips. Maxi skirts that add volume to the lower body give the illusion of a smaller waist by making the hips look fuller. Stay away from clingy styles like pencil or circle skirts if you already don't have a small waist, because these minimize and pull in the hip size. Pockets and detailing at the waistline should also be avoided because they make the waist look bulky.
2. SAY NO TO HIGH WAISTLINES
While high waistlines can hold in a tummy, they also tend to highlight any thickness around the tummy/waist region. If you're aiming for a defined waist, choose a waistline just on or below the belly button. If your belt is higher than your belly button, it gives you the "DRUM" effect (as the name implies, you end up looking like a drum), and if its way below your belly button, except you already have a very firm tummy and waist, it gives the "muffin top" effect (ie the excess fat or skin spills over the top of the belt). Gorgeous Jessica Simpson got it wrong ere with the bulky high beltline in this pic.
3. THE MONOCHROME MAGIC
I call it magic, because it's one trick that works. Simply dress in a single color or do the black n white monochrome, and wrap your waist in a slim dark coloured belt just below or on your belly button. You can also try a body-fitting style in a single color and with the right underwear, it will accentuate your curves and make your waist look smaller.
4. DARK BELTS
They naturally create that slim silhouette that you desire. While bright coloured/designed belts show your true width, dark ones create a slender illusion around your waist.
5. WAIST PINCHING JACKETS
Wear jackets that are pinched at the waist. The jacket's length should fall slightly below the waist to create the illusion of a smaller waist. Avoid free flowing or box-shaped jackets as they'll only make you look bulky.
6. SHOULDER/NECKLINE ATTRACTION
Like the name implies, simply draw attention to your shoulder and neckline, using bold patterns, v-necklines and jewelry. These draw attention to the top part of your body and leave your waist out of the view.
7. BLOUSY TOPS
A free flowing blouse pulled in at the waist with a belt makes a whole lotta difference. It makes the waist look slimmer, you can try it out.
8. OPTICAL ILLUSION OUTFITS
Last but not the least, this is pure fashion magic. Optical illusion outfits come in different forms, some have darker outlines at the side to fade out bulk around the waist. Others use diagonal lines and pull them closer at d waist region thereby making the waist look slimmer. The 3-in-one picture shows Kristen Stewart in different optical illusion outfits.
THE DIET ANGLE
Ever heard the expression "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT"? Well this couldn't be more true. This diet angle shows you a few diet tricks that help pull in your waistline
1. Eat whole grain foods like wheat, oats, barley, millets etc. You can eat them in their processed forms too.
2. Eat the better fats. Studies suggests that a diet with a higher ratio of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) (avocados, nuts, seeds, soybeans) can prevent the accumulation of both types of belly fat. So trade in your margarine, cookies and any processed food made with hydrogenated oils as they seem to result in more fat deposited in the abdomen.
3. Get more fiber in your diet. Soluble fiber like fruits, oats, cherries, etc lowers insulin levels, which can speed up the burning of visceral belly fat.
THE WORK-OUT ANGLE
Now pull out your gym bags, and outfits, it's time to sweat it out just a little bit. I saw these workout routines online and I started doing them, and I have seen results, so I'm sharing them with you.
1. TWIST CRUNCHES
This requires you to lie on your back. Bend your knees up while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Bring your fingers up to touch your ears. Slowly contract your abdominal muscles and ever so gradually lift your torso off the ground. When you're at the point of feeling you can't lift your body any further, contract your side muscles and turn gently to the left. Return your torso to the floor. Repeat but this time do the right side. Aim to start with 1-3, then build up to 10 at a time over time.
2. THE BRIDGE
Get into the position for doing a push up/press up. Rest on your elbows and keep your eyes to the floor at all times. Pull your stomach muscles in tight, like you want them to go to your backbone. As you do this, your bottom should be down and your back straight. Aim to hold this position for as long as it feels comfortable. During the holding period, don't arch your back but keep it as straight as possible. If it feels to hard at first, allow your knees to form a resting platform. Aim to hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat this exercise 3-5 times.
3. THE HORIZONTAL SIDE SUPPORT
Lie down on a comfortable mat, on your right side. Rest on your right arm and extend your legs outward, placing your right foot on top of your left foot. In this position, slowly lift your pelvis up from the floor. Continue to bear weight on your right forearm and feet. Aim to hold this lift for around 10-15 seconds. Repeat 5 times for each side.
Stand with your feet 8-9 inches apart, extend your arms in front of you, and squat your hips backward. Do four sets of 15 to 20 squats, working several minutes at a time.
Sit on a bench and lean back until your abs engage to hold you up. Twist slowly and reach or punch to the right, then the left, stretching and challenging your stomach muscles.
You know the drill, pls give me your feedbacks and comments, I loooove reading and answering them.
Till next time, stay fit, healthy and fashionable,