It seems that as I grow older, I tend to put on weight around my mid-section. It doesn’t go to my thighs and butt or breast, it goes right smack dab to the middle. I put on pants and that little muffin top just squishes right out! So, few months ago I decided to make a change. I wasn’t excessively over weight, but I did have a good 15 pounds to lose and through a lot of reading and research I found a few tips and tricks to help me shed the unwanted pounds and get the small waist and strong legs that I always wanted. I feel better than ever and so I wanted to share what I did!
The First Thing I did to Get a Small Waist Was Start Exercising
To lose weight, I knew I needed to get my body moving and so I started walking/jogging 4 times a week in the evenings. It felt good to get my body moving and I felt a little more energized than before. But I was reading that in order to lose weight it’s best to build muscle and so I knew I needed to start adding some exercises and weights to my routine.
I looked up some good exercises to get a small waist and found that high intensity moves and some weights could help me. I bought a couple of dumb bells and started using them at home to do some squats, sumo squats, walking lunges and side lunges.
I also started doing plans and push-ups. All of these exercises workout the entire core and multiple muscles, so they are a great way to get in a quick workout that will reach those abs. I stopped doing sit ups and crunches because since I have had children, my muscles are affected negatively by those moves.
I Started Drinking a Lot of Water
So, we all know that our bodies are mostly water. But, it seems that we never drink enough!
Our bodies can’t function properly without ample amounts of water. It helps our muscles recover, our organs function properly, and it also helps to flush out fat. Moreover, if you’re thirsty your body often interprets that as hunger and thus, you eat more! So, water can help you from overeating.
Finally, most of us tend to drink a lot of our calories. Sodas, juices, Frappuccinos, alcohol and such beverages have a ton of empty calories that negatively affect our weight. So, remember to grab a glass of water and drink up!
I Changed My Diet
You are what you eat! And If that saying is true, I was nothing but pizza and carbs. I was eating a lot of fast food, pizza, potatoes, pasta and rice.
I have always enjoyed fruit, but even that to an excess can be harmful. I decided to reverse the trend and clean up my act. I began meal prepping for the week and making sure I included lean proteins, veggies, and complex carbs, especially before working out. Oats, eggs, avocadoes, nuts and seeds also entered my diet.
This diet change really helped me lose weight and have a small waist, but I had to go a little bit further. I started noticing that some foods were making me bloat, namely milk products and sugar, and I really tried to cut those out as much as possible.
I Started Waist Training
In order to get a really tiny waist, I knew I needed to take things a step further. I decided to give waist training a try! Waist training is when you use a waist trainer, cincher, or corset to gradually train your waist to be smaller. They do so by helping you get rid of water weight, give you better posture, gradually pushing in your floating ribs, and helping you burn more calories (through sweating).
I ordered a high-quality waist trainer that I started wearing while I worked out and gradually started using it up to 8 hours a day. In 3 months I lost 2 extra inches from around my waist, which was amazing!
I Used Slimming Gel Around My Waist, Butt and Thighs
Even though I was working out and eating right, I was still having to deal with cellulite. I started using slimming gel and massaging it into my belly, butt, and thighs every evening after my shower. It really helped my circulation and it helped break up those pockets of fat that just wouldn’t go away. My skin is a lot smoother and healthier looking now and the elasticity of it also seems to have improved.
It took me a lot of effort and my progress has by no means been instantaneous. I still have a ways to go in my fitness journey, but I am really happy with my body! I have a small waist and I am building healthy muscle. If I can do it, then so can you!