T he hourglass figure is promoted by celebrities like Beyoncé, Sofia Vergara, or Kate Winslet, who were gifted by nature with curvy hips, large breasts, and a small waist. Yet, even with all these advantages, this doesn’t imply that the stars don’t need to work hard to keep their bodies looking perfectly, and it is not uncommon for them to complement their workouts and diets with a body shaper that won’t let the extra pounds show even when a very busy schedule forces them to neglect it for a while.
Yet, the grand question many women ask is if they can attain an hourglass figure even if their body shape is not naturally built this way. In some cases, it is possible, but unfortunately, some body shapes are not that friendly to this change. Below we discuss the limits of trying to contour your body and suggest a series of workouts and dietary tips that can bring you closer to your ideal body shape.
Even if women’s body shape didn’t change as much over the centuries, what did transform was the preference for a specific shape. During the 14th to 16h century, the most attractive women were those who would be considered overweight today, as a plump body was associated with access to food and wealth and was considered more fertile. Rubens’ paintings reflect this idea, as the women he depicted had generous hips, breasts, and even prominent abdomens.
Starting with the 17th century, corsets were introduced, and they boomed throughout the 18th century when the perspective on the female body transformed. The focus shifted toward the waist, which was expected to be as thin as possible, although the body fat percentage was not such a big concern yet.
The 20th century began with a higher focus on health, and this lead to men appreciating a more athletic body shape in women. It was the moment when being slim became the etalon.
Today, the hourglass figure is popular again, as more curvy women started to be promoted by the big fashion brands, as a response to the multiple protests regarding the unrealistic image they were encouraging about women through the weight standards they were applying to their models. Moreover, this study has shown that 21st-century men are more attracted to women with a lower waist to hip ratio as they associate it with better reproductive potential.
There is one aspect that needs to be clarified from the start: you cannot alter your bone configuration. If you are not predisposed to an hourglass silhouette, the chances are that you will never look like Sofia Loren or Marilyn Monroe. But you may get close to them if you work really hard.
The second aspect we want to clarify is that you don’t need to look like an hourglass. The world that projects before you is one of diversity and acceptance in which every woman and man should feel great in their skin without making compromises that may stop them from enjoying their life to the fullest.
Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, and Kate Middleton have this body shape and are considered fashion icons and some of the most beautiful women in the world. What makes their bodies rectangular is the uniformity of their measurements as they measure approximately the same around their breasts, waist, and hips.
If you have this type of body, it is almost impossible to change it through exercise and dieting, so your only option remains a waist trainer. This will give you the silhouette you like, but the results won’t be permanent. More precisely, you will need to wear the trainer every time you want to highlight your waist.
If you are overweight, lowering your BMI can help you obtain a more attractive body even without wearing the trainer. This can also help you become healthier, as this this clinical trial has shown that women with less fat around their waist have lower chances of developing cardiovascular problems.
To build the figure you are dreaming about, you need to focus on three sections of your body, widening your shoulders and hips and eliminating fat around your waist. Here is a training guide for each area:
You want to add more muscle in your upper body area, as this will help you make your waist look smaller. This doesn’t mean bulking up, just becoming fitter. For the best effects, make sure to include the following exercises in your training schedule for at least 3 to 4 times a week.
Getting rid of the fat that gathers around your waist can be difficult, as it seems to be the most stubborn of all. Nevertheless, there is a series of workouts that have proven extremely efficient in this matter:
Moving on to the lower part of your body, the hips also need to be enlarged to form the hourglass. If you have a pear contour, you are in luck, as you just need to firm your skin and muscles a bit. But for other shapes, this can be a struggle. Don’t lose patience though. Everything can be done with determination.
Your main goal should be to remove as much fat around your waist as possible. Even if physical activity is important, it will have a small impact if you don’t adjust your eating behavior. Here are some modifications you can make to take full advantage of the effects:
If you are seeking to pull the Marilyn Monroe style, it’s time to get to work. Follow the steps we have described, do the calisthenics, and eat healthier. You can also start wearing Spanx to display a firmer body. Also, don’t get discouraged. The results can take some time to show, and there may be a lot of hard work, but we guarantee that, even before reaching your goal, your friends will notice a change in your body and will praise your efforts. Even your doctor may be happy to discover that your cholesterol is lower due to your new diet and encourage you to keep going, if not for the perfect shape, for your health, which in the end, is the most valuable.