How Can I Best Lose Weight If I Have an Hourglass Shape?

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Women with hourglass shapes tend to store extra weight on their chests and lower body instead of on their waists or other areas. General toning and cardiovascular exercises can help burn fat from problem areas and help keep your body looking shapely. The key to losing weight and staying fit is to give your body the kinds of food and exercise it needs to perform well so you stay healthy while losing weight.

  • Do cardiovascular exercises. Run, bike, swim and walk daily to get your heart rate up and burn extra calories. If you are new to exercising, start slow and do only 5 or 10 minutes a day of exercise. Gradually work your way up to 30 minutes a day for three days a week.

  • Perform weight lifting exercises. Building muscle with exercises such as squats, lunges and bicep curls will help you tone problem areas as well as burn fat. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does, so building more muscle will cause your body to burn extra fat to get more calories.

  • Eat more frequently. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism because it makes your body think that in order to sustain itself it has to store calories during the long periods of time in between meals. Eat smaller meals more frequently to keep your metabolism moving and to keep your appetite under control.

  • Eat foods that are filling and healthy. Foods that are low in calories but rich in fiber and protein will help you stay full and curb any cravings you may have that may tempt you to cheat. Low-calorie foods such as poultry and eggs are rich in protein, while foods such as brown rice and fresh vegetables are rich in fiber.

  • Drink lots of water. Drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day will help you stay hydrated, keep your digestive system running smoothly and keep you full by filling your stomach. Water also causes fiber-rich foods to expand in your stomach and make you feel full.

  • Eat foods that burn fat. Eating certain foods can boost your metabolism by increasing your heart rate. Spicy foods such as chili powders, hot sauces, curry powder, hot peppers and ginger all raise your body temperature, which then raises your heart rate and speeds up your metabolism.

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