Many women struggle to achieve a trim waistline, and that’s because they aren’t being smart about their methods.
Doing a million crunches and an hour of cardio won’t get you the results you’re looking for — It’s time to change your strategy!
Follow these 3 steps and you will make awesome changes in your body composition and start seeing the progress you have been wanting all along.
1. Create the illusion of a skinny waistline
Even if you don’t naturally have a tiny waist, you can create the illusion of one by building up your back, shoulders, glutes, and legs.
The catch is: you have to lift heavy and challenge yourself in order to build muscle!
But rather than getting bulky, lifting heavy will help you create a feminine, hour-glass shape and makes your waist appear smaller!
Plus, more muscle means a faster metabolism, which will help you with step number 2!
2. Dial in your nutrition
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Even if you are training your abs every single day, they will not be visible unless you have a low enough level of body fat. This threshold is different for everyone, depending on how your body distributes fat storage.
Losing body fat is simple, expend more calories than you consume.
If you need help with how to accomplish this in a healthy, maintainable way, check out our guide to IIFYM/flexible dieting.
3. Stay hydrated
Holding on to water is your body’s defense against dehydration, so you will actually retain water and look bloated if you aren’t drinking enough every day!
Get in the habit of getting in at least a gallon a day and you’ll see major changes in the way you look, plus you will have more energy and curb hunger.
A gallon may sound like a lot, but it’s totally do-able if you sip on it consistently throughout the day. Plus, those who sweat a lot (that’s you, PrettyFit reader) need to compensate by drinking lots of water!