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How to Make Your Waist Smaller

While it’s impossible to shed some pounds in just one part of your body without losing weight overall, there are certain exercises and lifestyle tips that can make your waist appear smaller. 5-Minute Crafts came up with a list of exercises and health care advice that will help you reduce your waist size and give you a more defined waistline.

Adjust your diet.

  • Start your meal by eating vegetables and protein, then switch to carbs. This approach is better for your blood sugar.
  • Go for low-energy-density foods like whole grains, lean meat, and vegetables. They contain fewer calories per volume compared to high-energy-density foods like fast food and sweet desserts.
  • Cut out refined carbs, sugar, and processed food to consume fewer calories. To feel full for longer, opt for healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and fatty fish.
  • Control the amount of liquids you consume except for water. You may consume additional calories with some drinks like fruit juices, wine, coffee drinks, and more without even suspecting it.

Incorporate new habits

  • Set a sleeping schedule and stick to it. Try to get a good 8 hours of sleep at night to deal with food cravings and balance your hormones.
  • Be more active and try to get up and move after an hour of sitting. Don’t forget to do exercises for all the muscle groups in your body to lose excess weight and make your body look more toned.

Target your stomach muscles.

While it’s important to exercise your whole body to be healthy and stay in shape, you can also focus on your stomach muscles to make them more defined.

How to do it:

  • Stand up straight and put the palm of your left hand on the back of your head. Let the right hand hang freely but keep the muscles engaged. Keep your back straight and your core muscles tight.
  • Start to slowly lower your body to the right, reaching to the floor with your right hand. Make sure you don’t move your hips and don’t arch your back.
  • Slowly return back to the starting position. Make sure you engage your core muscles and don’t swing your body. All your movements should be well-controlled, and you should feel how the muscles on the sides of your stomach work.
  • Repeat several times and do this exercise on the left side.

How to do it:

  • Lie down on the floor, bend your knees, and keep your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Make sure your back is flat against the floor. Your arms should be placed along your body with your palms facing down.
  • Exhale and try to touch your right heel with your right hand. Pause for a second, inhale, and return to the starting position.
  • Then exhale and try to touch your left heel with your left hand. Pause for a second, inhale, and return to the starting position.
  • Repeat several times.

How to do it:

  • Lie on your side, resting your body weight on your bottom elbow, your forearm, and the arch of your lower foot. Place your upper hand on your hips. Keep your back straight and muscles engaged. Your body should form a straight line.
  • Lift the upper leg up, engaging your core muscles. Make sure your body position is stable, you don’t want to arch your back or swing your body.
  • Return to the starting position and do several repetitions. When you finish, repeat the exercise on the other side.

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with your hands behind your head. Bend your knees and lift your legs off the ground.
  • Stretch your left leg and lower it while bringing your right knee closer to your chest. At the same time, try to reach your right knee with your left elbow, engaging your core muscles and twisting your stomach muscles.
  • Then stretch and lower your right leg and bring your left knee closer to your chest. At the same time, try to reach your left knee with your right elbow.
  • Repeat several times.

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with your arms stretched to the sides. Lift your legs up and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle.
  • Slowly lower your legs to the left but don’t touch the floor. Keep your upper back and your shoulders on the floor all the time.
  • Engage your core muscles and return to the starting position. Repeat on the right side.
  • Do several repetitions on both sides.

Dress correctly.

Keep in mind that you can make your waist visually thinner and more defined with the help of clothing tricks:

  • Go for high-waisted jeans since they help to accentuate your waist, creating curves. Just make sure you don’t tuck in the top you’re wearing too tight and that there’s some air between your skin and the fabric.
  • Try pencil skirts that fit tightly around your waist that accentuate your hips, making the body look more toned.
  • Pay attention to the prints you wear around your waist area. Avoid prints that are too small or too large as well as horizontal stripes.
  • Try wrap dresses since they can help make your whole body look thinner and give you a fresher, “lighter” look.
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