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HillarE

Posts: 51

New York, New York, US

Okay,

I'm kind of at a total loss. I eat really well, exercise really regularly, you know, totally healthy lifestyle. Despite all of that, I can't get my waist down to where I want it to be.

What kind of diets are y'all on, specific workouts you do, anything that could help me out?

I'd really appreciate it because I'd love to do anything necessary to advance in this industry.

Thanks!

Oct 02 12 09:11 pm Link

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IDiivil

Posts: 4216

Los Angeles, California, US

My waist is by far the most unchanging part of my body... it may end up being the same for you sad I haven't changed waist size at all from when I was sick at 80 lbs to now at 100 lbs.

You could try a lot of core workouts and seeing if super toning your abdominal muscles help!

Oct 02 12 10:53 pm Link

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Rachael Bueckert

Posts: 1122

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Honestly girl, be happy that you have a 25" waist and wide hips. Im 26"/27" with narrow hips, practically no curves. Youll be just fine.

Oct 02 12 11:16 pm Link

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Kelleth

Posts: 2531

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I think your measurements are amazing where they are.

I find pilates to be the most effective in reducing my measurements and toning.

Oct 03 12 12:01 pm Link

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K I C K H A M

Posts: 14663

Los Angeles, California, US

I do pure barre and I love it. Since I started I've easily booked enough to make up for the classes (they're a bit pricey).

Oct 03 12 12:02 pm Link

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Alixx Rose

Posts: 225

Atlanta, Georgia, US

i hula hoop. its pretty much the most fun a cardio workout can get..

a bigger heavier hoop will give you super abs way easier than situps

Oct 03 12 12:09 pm Link

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Affinity Finch

Posts: 652

Torpoint, England, United Kingdom

Honestly? Do some pole dancing lessons with friends, it's alot of fun and a great work out!

Oct 03 12 12:12 pm Link

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Komelian

Posts: 26

Denver, Colorado, US

I'm not a model, but since I started running daily I've lost 10 lbs and i'm down to a 31 inch pant size from 34 when i started.....I run 1/2 hour daily for the last 92 days....out of the 10 lbs lost, 6 lbs were fat and 3 lbs were muscle....

diet wise, I think for me it's more when I eat than what i eat....If you eat the right stuff before and after a workout/run your fat burn will be optimal.....

carbs before workout so you have something to burn and fuel for the workout, protein after so you burn fat instead of muscle.....otherwise you'll keep the fat and burn the muscle first

Oct 03 12 01:19 pm Link

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sospix

Posts: 21615

Orlando, Florida, US

Alixx Rose wrote:
i hula hoop. its pretty much the most fun a cardio workout can get..

a bigger heavier hoop will give you super abs way easier than situps

Now that sounds like fun  .  .  .  kin I drink beer whislt doin' it  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Oct 03 12 02:06 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 37095

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Alixx Rose wrote:
i hula hoop. its pretty much the most fun a cardio workout can get..

a bigger heavier hoop will give you super abs way easier than situps

Sit-ups work your hip flexors, not your abs.

Oct 03 12 02:31 pm Link

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Lars R Peterson

Posts: 1075

Seattle, Washington, US

I hear cocaine works... but I don't really like it.

What worked for me was getting divorced. I lost almost 20 pounds practically overnight! Of course... those were the same 20 pounds I put on when I got married. But, heck it's worth a shot! Get divorced!!

And, Dance Dance Revolution might have helped too. With both the divorce AND the weight loss!!
smile

Oct 03 12 02:36 pm Link

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Rachael Bueckert

Posts: 1122

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Komelian wrote:
I'm not a model, but since I started running daily I've lost 10 lbs and i'm down to a 31 inch pant size from 34 when i started.....I run 1/2 hour daily for the last 92 days....out of the 10 lbs lost, 6 lbs were fat and 3 lbs were muscle....

diet wise, I think for me it's more when I eat than what i eat....If you eat the right stuff before and after a workout/run your fat burn will be optimal.....

carbs before workout so you have something to burn and fuel for the workout, protein after so you burn fat instead of muscle.....otherwise you'll keep the fat and burn the muscle first

Um, I think your understanding of this is a bit off... I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure that you cannot 'burn off' muscle. If you are running, your muscle will NOT deteriorate. In fact it's the opposite - your muscle will build and become toned. Running long distance creates lean leg muscles while exercises with powerful, quick movements builds strong bulky muscle (like dashing lunges, sprinting, ect.). The only way muscle deteriorates is if you are laying in bed or otherwise not using that muscle at all for a very long period of time...

Oct 03 12 02:36 pm Link

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Top Level Studio

Posts: 3253

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Paying attention to posture helps a lot.  Keeping your back straight when standing and sitting, plus developing the habit of keeping your gut held in will make a noticeable improvement in your already very good appearance.

Oct 03 12 02:41 pm Link

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David J Martin

Posts: 458

Amberg, Bavaria, Germany

Jade Honey wrote:
Honestly? Do some pole dancing lessons with friends, it's alot of fun and a great work out!

You're my new fav model for the moment. wink

Oct 03 12 02:42 pm Link

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NameChanged

Posts: 371

Kansas City, Missouri, US

If you don't eat that helps ... (c;

Oct 03 12 02:42 pm Link

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Jason Haven

Posts: 38374

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Genetics is the biggest factor. Whatever you do whenever attempting to change your body, make sure you do it in a healthy manner that fits your natural form.

Oct 03 12 02:49 pm Link

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Thomas Van Dyke

Posts: 1882

Washington, District of Columbia, US

ASYLUM - Photo wrote:
...Whatever you do ... make sure you do it in a healthy manner...

+1  it's math... 3500 calories of deficit equals one pound... but to look amazing you have to tone your physique...  progressive resistance works well here... and for range of motion look to yoga...

all the best on your journey...

Oct 03 12 02:58 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 37095

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Komelian wrote:
carbs before workout so you have something to burn and fuel for the workout, protein after so you burn fat instead of muscle.....otherwise you'll keep the fat and burn the muscle first

Rachael Bueckert wrote:
Um, I think your understanding of this is a bit off... I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure that you cannot 'burn off' muscle. If you are running, your muscle will NOT deteriorate. In fact it's the opposite - your muscle will build and become toned.

If someone is not eating enough calories, or is on a very restrictive diet, then suddenly introduces heavy exercise into their lifestyle, they will lose weight, right? Some of the weight they are losing is catabolism of muscle tissue, due to not having adequate energy stores and calories to compensate for activity level.

However, if you are eating a large enough amount of food, and decent quality of foods, then introduce exercise into your lifestyle, you will begin to build muscle.

Whether you build or burn muscle is dependent on what, and how much, food you're eating when living an active life.


Rachael Bueckert wrote:
Running long distance creates lean leg muscles while exercises with powerful, quick movements builds strong bulky muscle (like dashing lunges, sprinting, ect.).

Actually, it's likely that the way our muscles' shapes in response to training, is heavily influenced by genetic factors. It is possible that sprinters have shorter, thicker leg muscles not because they are sprinting (though increasing sprints will increase basic tissue development); they are sprinting because they are naturally predisposed to a body-type, and prevalence of fast-twitch muscle fibers, that works well for sprinting.

I've participated in every kind of different exercise gimmick/program/style known to man - kettlebell training, pilates, TRX, Crossfit-style workouts, cardio intervals, old school bodybuilding - mostly just to see how I felt about different things, at different times. My predisposition is for shorter, thicker muscles. That NEVER changes, regardless of how I use my muscles. If I just stop challenging the muscles, they will get smaller and diminish in strength, but they never get "longer" or "leaner." For example, TRX programs do not seem to challenge me the way conventional weight-training does, so I look skinnier and girlier after a couple months of doing TRX training only. My muscles didn't get "leaner;" I just lost some mass during that period of time, because I wasn't completely taxing the muscles during each workout. Doing one program doesn't make me any "longer and leaner" than another. I either have larger muscles, or smaller ones, and that's that.

What people REALLY mean when they say "longer, leaner muscles" is limited visible muscle development, coupled with a very low body fat percentage.

Oct 03 12 03:00 pm Link

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Alabaster Crowley

Posts: 8276

Tucson, Arizona, US

Lars R Peterson wrote:
I hear cocaine works... but I don't really like it.

Dennis was here wrote:
If you don't eat that helps ... (c;

Do people think this is funny?

Anyway, eating well and exercising are basically what it's all about. Vary your exercises. Cardio is good for burning fat, but a lot of people don't realize how important strength training is.

Of course, there are a lot of programs you can buy, or join a gym, or get a personal trainer... but that's not really necessary if you can't afford it and are willing to put in the effort to find out how to make it work on your own. You can do a lot at home for cheap or even free.

Keep in mind that while you can lose inches if you're burning away a bunch of fat, but going from thin but untoned to thin and toned won't make much of a difference measurement wise. Focus less on the inches and more on being healthy.

Oct 03 12 03:16 pm Link

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Black Sunshine

Posts: 811

Austin, Texas, US

Doesn't look like you need to lose any weight. Try making your butt/hips bigger to make your waist look smaller.

As for diets and such, eating like a vegan and doing cardio/yoga regularly will do you a lot of good in general. If it's not in the produce section, don't eat it.

Oct 03 12 03:25 pm Link

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Black Sunshine

Posts: 811

Austin, Texas, US

Rachael Bueckert wrote:
The only way muscle deteriorates is if you are laying in bed or otherwise not using that muscle at all for a very long period of time...

Or if you're not giving your body the nutrition it needs to rebuild/maintain muscle.

Oct 03 12 03:27 pm Link

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Rachael Bueckert

Posts: 1122

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

ShivaKitty wrote:
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Your awesome Shiva, thank's for explaining that! Like I said, I'm no expert. That's very interesting though, thank you. Now I know that I should be eating more if I'm working out more if I want to build muscle. By the way, since you seem to know a lot about this, is it possible for me to gain inches in my hips/butt by exercising that area and building muscle?

Oct 03 12 03:27 pm Link

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Jules NYC

Posts: 17192

New York, New York, US

The skinniest I've ever been in when I ran 6 miles a day.
Doing so, I could eat a LOT of food and I was wicked thin.

Must do that again and get what most fat chicks in CT call 'too skinny'.

smile

Oct 03 12 05:01 pm Link

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Cole Morrison

Posts: 3958

Portland, Oregon, US

well, while im naturally petite, i maintain my figure by eating a strict healthy vegetarian diet and doing 1 to 2 hours of power yoga every night.

Oct 03 12 05:06 pm Link

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john_ellis

Posts: 4375

Spokane, Washington, US

Jules NYC wrote:
Must do that again and get what most fat chicks in CT call 'too skinny'.

I think the pc term is "Sandwich Advisory Board."

They will often notify you when you're in need of one.

Oct 03 12 05:07 pm Link

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Jules NYC

Posts: 17192

New York, New York, US

john_ellis wrote:

I think the pc term is "Sandwich Advisory Board."

They will often notify you when you're in need of one.

ha ha

I'm not PC.

Oct 03 12 05:26 pm Link

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Cyn Michelle

Posts: 80

Vallejo, California, US

Have you heard of waist training? It's something that I'm going to start once I get my diet balanced smile

Oct 03 12 06:30 pm Link

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Brittney Denea

Posts: 285

Oceanside, California, US

Cyn Michelle wrote:
Have you heard of waist training? It's something that I'm going to start once I get my diet balanced smile

Oh, please, no.  You look great and you will get curvier as you get older and start to gain more weight. I mean, your profile does say you're only 16.

Oct 05 12 09:16 pm Link

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Alabaster Crowley

Posts: 8276

Tucson, Arizona, US

Brittney Denea wrote:

Oh, please, no.  You look great and you will get curvier as you get older and start to gain more weight. I mean, your profile does say you're only 16.

I'd never tell anyone not to modify their body however they want, as long as they're doing it safely.

That said, waist training is NOT something a teenager should be doing.

Oct 05 12 09:35 pm Link

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IDiivil

Posts: 4216

Los Angeles, California, US

Dennis was here wrote:
If you don't eat that helps ... (c;

I know you're trying to be light-hearted and all that, but this isn't the best comment to be making right now sad

Oct 05 12 10:17 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

nothing, because I'll never be skinny, no matter what I do. Not with the way my body is designed. I do a bunch of stuff to make the most out of the body I have though, and finetune that bodytype as much as I can smile

if becoming really skinny isn't mean for you, it's not going to happen. better to focus on the positive things and make the most of what you have, because trying to reach an impossible goal will only make you miserable.

Oct 05 12 10:44 pm Link

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Dan OMell

Posts: 1339

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Oct 05 12 11:56 pm Link

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GenesisAn

Posts: 109

Milpitas, California, US

I think you look great smile but I'd suggest not eating after 6pm.
You can eat a bigger portion during breakfast time to keep u full from eating extra.
At lunch you should have a pretty good portion of food too keep you full though out the rest of the day so you can avoid the temptations at night.
also I snack a lot like A LOT I never stop nibbling on something. Keep mini snacks with you like fresh fruits, nuts, granola bars, dark chocolate, chips, etc. Also keep a variety of things so it doesnt seem like a restrictive diet. You can enjoy all the things you like to eat but in smaller portions at a time. If your really craving a burger or something its totally fine to pig out just do it early one so you have time to burn it off though out the day. Don't eat anything past 6pm cuz its almost time to sleep and your body will take it in as fat. I also run 3hours a day and if you dont have time do sit ups during commercial breaks when your at home watching tv smile

Oct 06 12 12:41 am Link

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Komelian

Posts: 26

Denver, Colorado, US

Um, I think your understanding of this is a bit off... I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure that you cannot 'burn off' muscle. If you are running, your muscle will NOT deteriorate. In fact it's the opposite - your muscle will build and become toned. Running long distance creates lean leg muscles while exercises with powerful, quick movements builds strong bulky muscle (like dashing lunges, sprinting, ect.). The only way muscle deteriorates is if you are laying in bed or otherwise not using that muscle at all for a very long period of time...

Sorry it took so long to reply.....Hopefully Shivakitty got you enlightened....Muscle Catabolism is real....after a workout/run your body needs fuel and it prefers protein/muscle over fat....this is why the fat is the last thing to go.....diet is crucial before and after..........i know for a fact that i lost muscle as i get measured for body fat.....my lean body mass went down, and we were able to quantify that....So unfortunately i'll have to agree with my trainer over you on this.
i've also heard that your muscles start atrophying within 36 hours of inactivity......your muscles are either getting bigger or smaller ALL the time, at every point in your life.

Also just wanted to let you know etc is short for et caetera, not ect.  Don't mean to harp on you, hopefully that helps.

Oct 08 12 02:36 pm Link

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Alex Alva

Posts: 3

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Bikram (there may be an H in the spelling) yoga. smile

Oct 08 12 05:42 pm Link

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Axana

Posts: 126

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Nah. I don't like being skinny. I'd rather be fit, well-fed and healthy.

Oct 08 12 05:48 pm Link

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Cole Morrison

Posts: 3958

Portland, Oregon, US

Axana wrote:
Nah. I don't like being skinny. I'd rather be fit, well-fed and healthy.

Isnt fit, well fed, and healthy still skinny....?

Oct 08 12 05:49 pm Link

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Axana

Posts: 126

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Cole Morrison wrote:
Isnt fit, well fed, and healthy still skinny....?

I mean, skin and bones. You know, reaaly skinny. Seriously, the line's not that thin.

Oct 08 12 05:51 pm Link

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Nikki Magnusson

Posts: 6843

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

HillarE wrote:
Okay,

I'm kind of at a total loss. I eat really well, exercise really regularly, you know, totally healthy lifestyle. Despite all of that, I can't get my waist down to where I want it to be.

What kind of diets are y'all on, specific workouts you do, anything that could help me out?

I'd really appreciate it because I'd love to do anything necessary to advance in this industry.

Thanks!

pilates..treadclimber..some light free weights..

jump rope..swimming..stationary bike..

low fat..low sodium..low sugar...http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/129/56355047c63340658461981eb7b5a3a6/l.gif

Oct 08 12 06:01 pm Link

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Hedy Suder

Posts: 166

Hagerstown, Maryland, US

If your already eating well and exercising, keep doing that! Add more obliques into your workout. The obliques are your body's natural corset muscles, they give your upper body through top of waist that v look.

Oct 08 12 06:08 pm Link