Friday, April 20, 2012


        If you want to lose weight, you probably want to lose it from the right places, and keep it on the right places. The hourglass figure has long been said to be the most attractive, but a study published on the PLoS One website in February 2010 scientifically proved it. The study found that when men looked at women with hourglass figures, the reward center in the brain was triggered. So you want a small waist and a big butt, and if you lose weight strategically, you can attain this intoxicating physique.

Step 1

Reduce your stress level. An article published in the January 15, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle reported on several studies that pointed to stress as a major contributor to the building of abdominal fat. In "The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook," Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., suggests regular exercise; deep relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga; and herbal supplements like 5-HTP, Kava and Valerian root to reduce anxiety.

Step 2

Perform heavy leg exercises. Heavy squats, deadlifts and leg press will shock your body into building and keeping muscle even as you lose fat. Perform deadlifts in the range of 4 to 6 per set, and squats in the bodybuilding rep range of 8 to 12 per set.

Step 3

Get a regular seven to eight hours of sleep a night. A study published in the 2003 issue of International Journal of Obesity found that shift workers who had irregular sleep patterns kept more abdominal fat than their day-worker counterparts, even when their BMI was the same. And a good night of sleep will help you recover from the gym.

Step 4

Reduce your caloric intake, but increase your protein intake. You want to lose fat, but you want to maintain your large glute muscles. A study published in the February 2007 issue of Obesity shows that women who increased their protein intake as they dieted maintained more muscle and felt more satiated.

Step 5

Increase your caloric intake to maintain your new body weight and not lose your butt. The good news is that you can be quite thin at this point, because the butt always holds the last fat reserve on the body.

Courteous y of Livestrong.