A smaller waist is seen as an attractive & feminine attribute in females because it accentuates an hourglass figure & maximizes the waist-to-hip ratio.
But, holding body fat around your waistline is also indicative of higher risks of developing cardiovascular disease & other health issues, which is why it is important to maintain a healthy waist circumference.
Whether you want to achieve a smaller waist to accentuate your hourglass curves or to shed some unhealthy belly fat… here is everything you need to know about how to get a smaller waist.
Here we are going to list some of the things you can do to get that smaller waist you have always dreamed of
1. Get Eight Hours of Sleep Every Day
Sleep is a key part for bulletproofing your willpower against cravings and priming your body for burning calories. The waistlines of people who slept six hours a night were about three-quarters of an inch larger than those who got eight hours, new research from the University of Leeds in England reports. Why?
After sleep loss, there is increased activity in brain regions associated with pleasure and reward in response to food, previous research has shown, and this may lead to more impulsive eating habits, explains study author Gregory Potter, Ph.D.
Plus, after just one night of lousy sleep (less than four hours), people had a reduced sensitivity to insulin, according to findings by Christian Benedict, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Uppsala University in Sweden. Usually, once insulin reaches the brain, it boosts satiety, so the brain’s impaired sensitivity to insulin could promote weight gain, he says.
To maximize those eight hours of sleep you get, have a consistent bedtime and wake time, says Brandy M. Roane, Ph.D., a certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist. If you sleep and/or wake up at different times, your body’s master clock (aka circadian clock) will communicate that update to “peripheral” clocks within the body that control things like the metabolic system.
The problem is, these peripheral clocks take two to three days to synchronize to your master clock. This starts affecting your metabolism, like jet lag, Roane says, decreasing levels of leptin, the satiety hormone, and promoting insulin resistance, similar to what occurs with sleep loss.
2. Don’t Eat Late Throughout the Day
In an ideal world, you would finish your meals for the day before prime time TV, around 7 p.m. When people in a University of Pennsylvania study switched from eating earlier in the day (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) to eating the same amount later (noon to 11 p.m.), they gained about two pounds over eight weeks.
This was partly because the body began burning carbs rather than fats, perhaps because of the time shift’s effect on hormonal peaks or metabolism, says study coauthor Namni Goel, Ph.D.
Another easy switch-up: Save the carbs for last. “If you eat a meal of vegetables, protein, and carbs, eating the vegetables and protein first is much better for your blood sugar,” says Louis Aronne, M.D., an obesity specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian.
3. Move More
“Certain metabolic changes that promote heart disease risk are triggered during prolonged sitting when the leg muscles are not being used, plus less energy is being expended,” says William W. Tigbe, M.D., Ph.D., of Warwick Medical School in England.
“Both a reduction in sitting and an increase in walking are important to help prevent those changes.” His study of postal workers found that those who, on average, sat for nine hours a day and took 15,000 steps a day had no metabolic risk factors—including large waist circumference.
Overall, in the 15-year study, workers’ waistlines increased by three-quarters of an inch for each additional hour of sitting beyond five hours a day.
Standing at your job for just two hours could help, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reports. (And that’s not the only research showing that standing desks help prevent weight gain.) When office workers stood for two hours, they burned 9 percent more calories than when seated. “Standing induces fuel switching, which burns more fat,” says lead study author Ying Gao, Ph.D.
4. Increase Your Exercise Intensity
Abdominal fat acts a little differently than other types of body fat—it’s more metabolically active because it contains more receptors for a few important hormones that play a role in the breakdown of fat.
Those hormones are released fourfold during high-intensity interval training, making HIIT the ideal exercise for reducing belly fat, says Cristian Alvarez, Ph.D. His research found that 10 weeks of HIIT, on average, helped overweight women reduce their waist circumference by 5.2 inches and decreases abdominal fat by 18.2 percent.
5. Meditate More
When you are stressed all the time, the increased levels of cortisol your body is producing can lead to the activation of an enzyme in your fatty tissue called lipoprotein lipase, which contributes to accumulation of fat in the abdominal area, says Ashley Mason, Ph.D., a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. (Stress can also aggravate certain skin conditions.)
Use your breath to periodically help calm your heart rate: Breath in for four seconds, hold for four, exhale for four, and hold out for four. Aah
6. Consume Lean Protein
Protein is probably the most valuable nutrient your body can possibly consume. Taking in higher amounts of protein boosts your metabolism, reduces your appetite and plays an important role with many different weight-regulating hormones, which can lead to an overall lower body fat percentage.
Unfortunately, one cannot just simply consume any type of protein source they desire. You have to make sure that you are getting your protein from lean sources.