Okay, so during this lockdown, with our movement put on hold, putting on weight has become much easier, while losing it much harder. But not to worry, this article will help you achieve your slimmer waist goals as long as you follow the women’s guide to getting a slimmer waist and persevere. You can reach your goal.
First of all, I just want to put it out there that the guide to getting a slimmer waist in this article will work for everyone. Regardless of what body shape or size you are. So, don’t worry, as long as you give it your best, you will surely reach your goal.
Also, you can’t solve a problem without ever knowing what it really is, can you? Before anything, we need to briefly look into why you don’t have a slimmer waist.
The first and more obvious reason is that your body fat is covering your waist. It is just that simple. The second reason is genetics. Genetics because we all have different body types, and we really can’t do anything about that. It’s just how we come. Luckily, these guides to get a slimmer waist will still be useful. But depending on your body type, you may require more or less time to reach your final goal.
Now that all that is out of the way, let’s get into it!
1. Diet and Nutrition
You just can’t out-train a bad diet. No matter how much workout you do, you will never achieve whatever body goals you’re looking for if you have a bad diet. So, before you start planning your workout routine, you have to pick out your diet plan.
Pick out a diet plan that works best for you, something you are comfortable with because it will be easier to keep up with it in the long run. Contrary to what many seem to believe, a diet doesn’t mean to skip meals. It just means eating healthier.
Whatever diet plan you go with, there are a few things you have to avoid at all costs.
- Junk food: That means no more pastries, baked goods like; pizza, burgers, and take-aways.
- Candy: processed sugars are obviously a big no-no, that includes chocolate and even ice-cream.
- Sugar filled drinks; avoid these at all costs
- Processed and packaged food
All these may seem like a lot to avoid at first. However, when trying to get a slimmer waist, you have to avoid these foods that can increase your body fat. On the bright side, there are tons of healthier foods that are even tastier than most of them.
Now that you know what to avoid let’s look at what foods you should lean towards.
- Proteins: Try to get enough protein as it helps boost muscle growth.
- Greens and veggies: When trying to lose that body fat, opt for foods with high fiber. They help your digestion and keep you fuller.
- Drink lots of water: Water will help flush out toxins and fill your stomach, helping you stay filled up much longer.
- Get healthy fats: Yes, there are healthy fats. You will find them in foods like olive oil, nuts, avocados, real grass-fed butter, and much more.
- Fruits: Fruits are great as light snacks to keep you going. Plus, there are a ton of fruits out there, so there’s something for everyone.
2. Cardio and Exercise
As you should know by now, to get a slimmer waist, you need to reduce your body fat level. Luckily, cardio is one of the most effective ways to achieve that. There are a few types of cardio out there, like running, jogging, skipping, etc. The most effective is the (HIIT) High-Intensity Interval Training. The HIIT is short and fast and will require a burst of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted after.
Cardio is great and very effective for reducing body fat levels. But to sculpt your waist, you will also need to look into some strength training exercises.
Besides, strength training doesn’t only apply to get a bulkier physique and all. To get a slimmer waist, you need to target the waist muscles and your core. The best and most effective to do this is with strength training.
So, let’s take a look at some of the strength training exercises that target these areas.
- Toe touch
- Leg raises
- V- crunch
- Knee tuck
- Flutter kicks
- Scissor kicks
- Bird dog
The good thing about all these exercises is that they target your core, abdominals, and waist area, which you want when trying to get a slimmer waist.
Also, another good thing is that they can all be done from the comfort of your own home without using any equipment other than your mat. So, no need to visit the gym.
Now, let’s take a look at weighted exercises for a smaller waist, shall we?
- Weighted squats
- Weighted hip thrust
If you’re going for a slim waist with an hourglass physique, these three weighted exercises will definitely sculpt your physique.
Remember, everything takes time. So, give it a while. Form a routine around these exercises, try to stick with the routine, and you will surely see results.
Before we move on, there are some exercises you should avoid when trying to get a slimmer waist. Some of which are;
- Russian twists
- Weighted oblique exercises
- Dumbbell side bends
- Side V crunches
- Side planks
- Cable twist
- Side crunches
- Triangle crunches
Why? You may be asking. These exercises work to grow the muscles around the waist, making it look wider. Therefore, it is not what you’re going for, right? So, you have to avoid them.
- Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
- Boat pose (Navasana)
- Bow pose (Dhanurasana)
- Easy seated twist pose (Parivritta Sukhasana)
- Reverse warrior pose (Virabhadrasana)
So, if you’re trying to get a slimmer waist, these yoga poses are definitely worth trying. Besides, they not only reduce your waistline but also help strengthen your core, increasing your flexibility.
4. Don’t Give Up
Even after following all these and doing everything right, you may not get the results you want at first. Don’t worry, just remember that all changes made to the body take time. It doesn’t happen overnight. But as long as you stick with it and stay motivated, you are sure to reach your goal.
In conclusion, there are many articles and home remedies out there on how to get a slimmer waist in a few days or even a week. Don’t be deceived. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Besides, there are no magic drinks or remedies out there to get a slimmer waist.
Also, you’ll need to put in the work and effort to achieve your goal. The next time you come across any of these “remedies,” don’t be tempted. Stick with your diet plan and workout routines. You’ll be there in no time.
Aleksandra Nico, Psy.D., is a Psychologist and Editorial Assistant for Whatsdalatest who writes about mental health, relationships, human behaviour, and health. Aleksandra is passionate about helping others make well-informed choices to support and improve their physical and emotional well-being.