While a waifish figure might have enjoyed brief moments of popularity in the 1920s and swinging 60s, it is the hourglass figure that stood the test of time as the quintessential symbol of femininity, backed by scientific studies suggesting that the form has a distinct evolutionary advantage in addition to a social one.
With an increasing number of today’s established and rising stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid choosing to embrace their womanly curves instead of bowing to the pressure of being size 0 and stick-thin, there’s a resurgence in interest to achieve the vital statistics of what was once considered to be the perfect figure, an hourglass shape of 36/24/36. The credentials can be somewhat larger or smaller, but by proportion the waist should always be around 9″ smaller than the torso, giving rise to the classic combo of ample chest, wasp waist and full hips that defines the curvaceous hourglass silhouette. Although only 8.4% of the population are born this way, all is not lost if you engage in one of more of these 5 ways to help you achieve those hourglass proportions, inching towards the epitome of beauty that stood the test of time.
Eat your way to the right shape
Embracing one’s curves does not equate to letting go and allowing yourself to expand sideways, eat right and not gorge yourself silly for the desired hourglass silhouette. The way you attain the body you want is to have a lifestyle that incorporates a healthy diet and regular exercise, designed to stabilize weight gain and loss in a healthy routine that’s easy to follow. The hourglass diet highlights lean proteins and low glycemic index foods that will burn fat more effectively, shrinking your muffin top to lend more definition to the waist, resulting in a slimmer and more attractive body. “Instead of the 3 larger portions of breakfast, lunch and dinner that most people are familiar with, breaking up your daily food intake into five to six small meals will keep your metabolism steady throughout for faster and better fat burning.” Explains Dr. Toby Hui, senior medical consultant with the SW1 Clinic(set up by the same founder of The Sloane Clinic, a fitness enthusiast himself with a keen interest in helping patients achieve their desirable body shape in a hollistic manner. “As constant nibbling throughout the day helps stave off hunger pangs, you are less likely to snack or overeat, translating to better weight control.”
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It takes a total body workout to get a lean and shapely figure, but there are targeted hourglass exercises that can change your body structure to help it look curvier. The anchor point of the perfect female form is a tiny, slender waist, accentuating the va-va-vroom curves of the hourglass goddess to traffic-stopping perfection. To slim and tone your torso to the tune of an invisible corset, incorporate these two killer moves into your workout regime. I won’t sugar coat it in any way, it’ll take some practice and loads of determination before you start feeling strong and confident performing them!
1 Minute Jumping Oblique Twist— Stand with your feet together, bringing your arms to shoulder height with both hands together and nearly touching in front of you. Keep your upper body facing forward the whole time. Jump up 3-4 inches off the ground and rotate your feet to the right, and as soon as you land jump up again and rotate your feet to the left this time. Alternate back and forth for one minute.
15 Pilates Side Planks with Leg Raises—Position your body on its side and place your elbow directly underneath your shoulder. Your feet are stacked on top of each other and in line with your body. With slightly bent knees, lift your hips up off the floor, keeping your weight evenly balanced between your elbow and feet. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Then lift your top leg up to hip height and aim to hold it there for another 10 seconds. Repeat with the opposite side, and aimed for a total of 15 reps on each side.
BFF with your bosom and bottom
An ample chest and fuller hips form part of the allure of an hourglass silhouette, a celebration of your womanly assets when the waist is cinched. You do not need a size upgrade to rivalPam Anderson’s décolletage, it’s less about the absolute size and more about getting your proportions right. Many women are out of touch with their true body shape, and this comes as no surprise as parameters such as shape, size and posture changes dramatically as we get older, with motherhood and a slowing metabolism taking an absolute toll.If you throw in breastfeeding a child or two for good measure, it’s little wonder that your bosomy pals seem somewhat defeated as time goes by. On the contrary to popular belief, to consider Breast Augmentation surgery is hardly an option driven by vanity for many women, but more so to restore their lost femininity and deflated confidence to their former days of glory.
Dress yourself right
Do not equate an hourglass figure to slut dressing, or a one trick pony of cleavage baring, derriere hugging tight spandex numbers. You can still work formal office attire to great effect, looking sharp, sophisticated and professional with just the right hint of underlying sex appeal that compliments your hourglass persona.
The key to dressing or mimic an hourglass shape is two-fold, to define the waist and show off your lovely feminine curves without tipping into blatant vulgarity. Opt for form-fitting but not overtly clingy fabric to softly drape and define your neckline, with structured jackets and wrap dresses serving as great options to caress your curve, highlighting a nipped waist to showcase the very best of an hourglass silhouette. Hemlines can be tailored to suit your individual’s preference, rising to display gems that you’re proud to flaunt, or covering up a little for modesty with high-waisted skirts that hit right below the knee.
Killer contours not bulges
An hourglass shape is about sexy, curvaceous contours that are pleasing to the eyes, not overhanging bulges and jiggly bits that no women of any body shape will look good with. To elevate your form from mediocrity to higher grounds, sculpt your body to hourglass perfection with Exilis Body Magic. This can be done either as a primary treatment or paired with fat freezing Coolshape treatment as part of the Supermodel Bodyfit Program, a comprehensive approach to medically-assisted body shaping designed by the experts from the SW1 Clinic located @Paragon Medical Suite, #13-01/02/03/04/05/06.
The only body contouring device of its kind, Exilis uses two of the most popular energies harvested for body shaping in today’s market. By engaging radiofrequency and ultrasound to systematically heat up skin to various depths, Exilis Body Magic effectively reduces fats, improved upon the appearance of cellulite and tackles loose, saggy skin for overall skin tightening. A built in Energy Flow Control System ensures high precision of the exact amount of energy delivered to the treated areas, with an integrated cooling system preventing overheating, thus minimising the risk of burns. This is a fully customizable treatment aimed to target any unsightly bulges of unwanted fat deposits, sculpting and smoothening those stubborn last frontiers to make everything a little more perfect as you inched closer to the highly coveted hourglass figure in the league of legendary beauties the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot.
SW1 Clinic is located at 290 Orchard Road, Paragon, #13-01, Singapore 238859. It is helmed by Dr Low Chai Ling and Dr Kenneth Lee, who also founded The Sloane Clinic in 2003. Their team of doctors who were also formerly from The Sloane Clinic include Dr Chua Han Boon, Dr Toby Hui, Dr Michelle Lim and plastic surgeon Dr Tan Ying Chien.