Read about the diet and exercise tips I’ve stolen and trialled in pursuit of the coveted hourglass figure.
To me, an hourglass figure is just about the sexiest thing in the world, and while all bodies are beautiful, everybody has a preference and this is mine. I love the look and fashion of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, with their tiny waists and dramatic silhouette.
The hourglass figure is seen as a symbol of womanhood and sexuality, and is well sought after, especially since the Kardashians have arrived on scene, curves are more popular than ever. It’s pretty damn hard to achieve this look without the genetics for it, but even still, women have been trying for centuries, with full-skirts, waist belts, and the corsets that are still popular today!
Let’s take a moment to admire Salma Hayek in From Dawn till Dusk, who has my dream body.
Okay so anyway…
Dita Von Teese is an example of someone who strives for the classic hourglass look of the women who have inspired her. She makes no secret of her dedication to corsetry, but she also cites a strict diet and regular pilates exercises, as essential to maintaining her figure. I’ve experimented a bit with waist trainers in the past, but I prefer to breath easily, and focus on exercise and diet.
So here’s a routine from Fitness Blender that I’ve been doing for years and has actually helped me see a difference. It contours the waist, but maintains hips, shoulders and thighs and I feel like it gave me more of an hourglass shape overall. Have a look below!
I tried to do the Fitness Blender routine everyday, but it was more like every other day, and after two weeks I was starting to feel like a bona fide hourglass. Naturally I’m much more of a pear-shape, but if I eat really lean and work out my hips and legs, then I can get really good results. God, writing this is making me want to get back to it!
This waist routine from Tracy Anderson is a favourite of mine, I can feel it working all the right muscles which is essential for me or I lose all motivation. I would highly recommend these moves for sculpting your stomach.
I’m a major carb-lover, plus I like to eat copious amounts of cheese and lots of wine, so I’m only really in peak shape for special occasions, when I can force myself to stick to a strict regime for a week or two. These are some foods I recommend for eating alongside this workout, to help you whittle your waist:
Protein: tofu, fish, chicken breast, lentils, yoghurt
Leafy greens: Spinach, Collard Greens, Romaine lettuce
Fibre: Peas, broccoli, brussels sprouts, avocado, blackberries, oatmeal.
Eating a combination of these foods, or adding them to your diet, will contribute to a tinier waist, plus they’re genuinely good healthy foods.
I know there are so many creams, potions and lotions out there that promise you a bigger butt and boobs while maintaining a titchy waist. Kylie Jenner mysteriously advocated Pureleef cream earlier this year without a sponsorship, so maybe there’s something in it, although lots of science based reviews argue against the plausibility of this. I am tempted to give it a go, if there’s a placebo effect, then fantastic! Maybe I’ll check back and see if there’s a holiday sale. They have a butt plumping cream and a separate breast plumping lotion. Who knows, maybe they managed to bottle dreams, wishes and magic!
Maybe you know the key to perfect curves, be it a high tech concoction or good old fashioned diet and exercise, let me know in the comments section below!