We recently received a question from our reader on how she can lose weight and maintain curves. Messages from our lovely readers make us very happy, so please send those questions in! You can do so HERE. First, a little disclaimer. We are no medical doctors or fitness gurus, everything shared is based on our personal experience, research and observations.
The question received comes from Pamela, and she asks:
How can I lose weight and still maintain curvy hips and butt?
That is a million dollar question Pamela because as you know curves are the new black. Thanks to the likes of Ms. Kim K and the other rump shaking vixens, it’s become such a hot topic. One of the most popular posts on this site so far is regarding taking maca root for curves. I
should say that in many cultures, this trend is nothing new and curves have been in vogue for years. Having nicely rounded hips and shapely derriere indicates good health in a woman as well as her ability to have healthy, beautiful babies. So it all goes back to human evolution and you can even argue that there are highly scientific motives behind the need to have those luscious hips and butt.
If you’ve got a little bit more meat on your bones than you need to, and looking to shed some pounds. First off, good for you on starting this journey! You rock.
It’s never easy melting off weight especially if you the goal is to lose weight and maintain curves. You have to start off by parting ways with certain indulgences like junk foods, sugar filled foods, sweets, unhealthy fats, refined carbohydrates, high sodium and high calorie foods. While you can treat yourself to a cheat day every so often, there’s no use having those bad boys and girls around, all they do is tempt you with their tasty lusciousness.
Healthy nutrition to lose weight and build curves
Go for fresh foods, lots of greens, fruits, lean meats and whole grains. There are tons of diets out there, some fads and some with rave reviews. I have friends who are on a low to no carbohydrate diet and some who have tried a raw food diet.
It boils down to clean eating and portion control. I am a big believer that the amount of physical activity you do should directly correlate with how much calorie you consume.
Thinking back to my college nutrition course, I remember we learned the average adult female should consume between 2,000-2,500 calories a day. That equates to about 30 minutes of exercise a day. So do the math if you go above the range, the amount of exercise should match up.
Getting into the right eating habits will not only help shed some of the pounds, but also promote hormonal balance. This is key for a female looking to maintain her curves. If your hormones are out of proportion that could increase androgen levels. Androgens happen to be male hormones and the reason this is important is that it can affect how your body deposits fats.
Estrogen influences fat deposits to hips, thighs and butts. Where as androgens tends to send them to the upper body. That explains the difference in physique between men and women and why transgender individuals are often placed on estrogen medication, to help feminize their features and body shape.
If your estrogen levels are on the lower side, you can supplement your diet with foods and herbs that can help to replenish estrogen levels. In the article 5 natural herbs to increase curves, we list popular herbs that are traditionally used to increase curves. Always check with a doctor before beginning any supplement product.
Try our ASANA Maca supplement to help in building thick fit curves. It combines maca, fenugreek, tribulus and rose extract to balance hormones, promote fat burning and tone the muscles.
Keep in mind, your body shape is not solely determined by your hormones. Genetics as well as bone structures are also huge factors. But the main point is promoting optimal balance can impact the shape of your body and a healthy diet can have positive impact on hormonal levels.
The fitness plan to lose weight and maintain curves
In addition to diet, working out can help tone the right areas while lifting and emphasizing the others. A curvy silhouette is hourglass in shape, defined shoulders, small waist and full hips, thighs and butt. The correct work out routine can help to tone and lift the desired areas. Light cardio or running accompanied with strength training can promote the accentuation of your natural curves.
If you’re seriously looking to beef up the booty, then consider weightlifting. Anyone can add volume to any part of their body through targeted, intense weight training supplemented by protein shakes. It’s the same concept men use to build up their biceps or pecks.
Utilizing heavy weights, you work out the area that you are looking to accentuate until the muscle is fatigued, this means heavier weights and less reps. The idea is by tearing down the muscle fibers, your body is forced to repair itself by building new muscles to support the strain and overtime the area becomes thicker and thicker.
Immediately after working out the area, you drink a healthy protein shake which helps your body in the repairing and building muscles in the region.
In addition to beefing up the butt, the aim should be a total body workout to shrink belly fat, pump up chest muscles as well as tone the back fat, calves and arms. All these different factors will affect how curvy your body looks.
There are so many booty workout DVDs out there to choose from. One highly rated video comes from one of my favorite fitness gurus Jillian Michaels, which you can find HERE. If you are not in the mood to shell out a few bucks for a DVD, here’s a video from YouTube you might find interesting.
Another form of exercise you can opt for is belly dancing. If you’ve ever seen a belly dancer, then you know it can go along way to tone up the right areas, making the body appear curvy. I suggest combining cardio or running with some belly dancing lessons, which can be both exhilarating and fun.
Lastly, something that I believe to be highly important to maintaining a lovely, shapely physique is posture. Your curvy frame won’t look as alluring if you’re constantly slouched over. That is where a little bit of yoga 1-2 times a week can really help to stretch the muscles and encourage good posture.
By combining a healthy diet with a good fitness routine, some belly dancing and a little bit of yoga, you can be on your way to melting off the pounds while maintaining your curves.