“How To Get An Hourglass Figure – Hourglass Body Shape” – Monica May

Do you want to get bigger hips and a small waist?

Girl, you’re not the only one – millions of women ask themselves this same question when they look in the mirror, every single day.

And I can’t say I’m not one of them 🙂

Wide hips and tiny waist…looks amazing, but then again it seems so freaking hard to get.

This trend started a few years back, as fitness and health started getting more and more popular and strong and curvy became the new sexy.

Girls nowadays don’t necessarily want to only get skinny anymore, they want some curves and toned muscles with the possibility of slimming down it the waist section and getting bigger and firmer hips and glutes.

But the real question that pops out is: can you really get an hourglass figure if you’re not born with it?

And if that’s possible, how to get a smaller waist, and get an hourglass body shape?

Today I’ll give you my full guide on how to get an hourglass figure, and finally find out if it is actually possible to do this depending on your genetics!

Let’s get started.

Why The Heck Some Woman Have Hourglass Body Shape And Others Don’t?

Reason #1

I will answer this with one single word – GENETICS.

Having that hourglass body shape is usually all because of genetics.

So, the main reason why some women have hourglass body shape and others don’t is simply because some are born with it (lucky them).

Some of us are born with bigger hip bones, the same way some of us are born with bigger noses than others.

Bone structure plays a huge role which is again genetics, plus the places the body stores fat which also varies from one girl to another.

We are all made differently and even if you crave another girl’s body, if you think about it being different and unique makes you special and beautiful.

Now, there are few body shapes:

  • Triangle – narrow shoulders and wider hips,
  • Round – rounder in the midsection with thinner legs, 
  • Inverted triangle – broad shoulders and narrower hips,
  • Rectangle – Straight up and down so your shoulders, waist, and hips look almost the same width when viewed from straight on, and
  • Hourglass shape – balanced upper and lower body with a narrow waist.

But, can we ever change our body shape?! Can we transform from one body shape to another, change our shape waist and our genes?

Hold on girls, we’re getting there 🙂

Reason #2

The other reason why you may not have the hourglass body shape is weight gain.

If you have excess fat on your body, your natural curves may be hiding away underneath the fat layer.

In cases like this, simply by following a healthy meal plan and exercising regularly you can achieve your desired body shape.

Reason #3

Photoshop.

But, we’ll get there later on 🙂

Can You Change Your Body Shape & Get Bigger Hips?

I’ll lie if I say you can.

But, this doesn’t mean that through proper nutrition and the right exercises you won’t get closer to your dream body, because you absolutely will.

However the “picture perfect” of our dream body is usually the body of another girl. And that girl isn’t you, so instead of focusing to get her body, focus on making the best out of your own.

You obviously can’t change your body frame and bone structure, so if you fall into the rectangle category, it’s probably nearly impossible to achieve an hourglass figure…

But, there is always something you can do about that desired hourglass body shape and you are just about to find out a few ways you can do that.

I’ll guide you through eating right, to playing with muscle mass and body fat.

Yes, you heard it right, muscles can be shaped to a certain degree and you can work on some parts of your body to make them bigger than others.

It’s true, you cannot control your bones and where your body stores fat, but how much fat is stored is entirely up to you.

So stay with me, as we go through every single detail step by step!

Find out more about this in my recent guide: Can You Get Bigger Hips & Small Waist? The Truth About Getting Hourglass Body Shape >>>

What can we do about it?
How To Get An Hourglass Figure

As I said, there are a few things you can do to try and get hourglass body shape.

So fit girls, take a few moments to go through every single step of the ultimate hourglass shape guide!

I’ll try to explain them all thoroughly, so stay with me!

1. Start Eating Healthy

Getting a healthier diet is the first step to getting the body of your dreams.

Healthy food is the #1 rule when it comes to losing weight and achieving any fitness goal.

You cannot control where your body stores fat, but how much fat is stored is completely your personal choice.

You can “work your ass off” in the gym every single day of your life, but if you don’t eat right, it’s all worthless…

Because everything comes down to what you eat at the end of the day.

As I mentioned before, one of the reasons you don’t have hourglass figure may be because you have excess fat covering your body. This means that you may even have hourglass body shape but it’s hiding away underneath the fat.

And the best way to lose that excess fat is by eating healthy.

You can do thousands of crunches a day, but if you don’t eat right you’ll still have fat covering your belly and preventing you from achieving that desired small waist.

But how to do that? What’s the best diet to get the body of our dreams? If only it was not that freaking hard to eat healthy, right?

The truth is, it’s not enough just to eat low-calorie foods because nowadays we know that calories don’t matter if they come from low nutrients foods.

That’s why I’ve created my meal plan Burn Baby Burn, to help all of you struggling to lose those stubborn inches and finally get the body of your dreams.

This 28-day meal plan is loaded with fat burning, body changing meals to help you get that hourglass body shape once and for all!

The main reason why I made the meal plan “Burn Baby Burn” was because I wanted to give you the exact same foods and meals I eat in a day to stay fit and healthy.

This is exactly how I got my hourglass body, and now you can do it too.

Nutrition is EVERYTHING, so head on to my meal plan and start TODAY!

2. Exercise Daily 4-5 times a week

Many girls ask me what’s the best exercise to get hourglass body shape.

Now listen very carefully:

There is not a single exercise that will help you achieve the hourglass body.

And there’s not a single body part you should work on to get bigger hips and a small waist.

People who tell you that they have the ONE exercise to help you get hourglass body shape – lie.

You know why? Because you should work on your body as a whole piece.

The only thing that matters is making exercise a habit and a part of your lifestyle because that’s the only way you’ll get long-term results.

Exercise 4-5 times a week on your whole body and you’ll get the results you want.

3. Don’t be afraid of muscles

The next step in my “how to get hourglass body shape” guide is muscles.

Now, I hope I don’t have to explain why you don’t need to be afraid of lifting weights, however, I’ll tell you one thing:

As you lift weights your body will start getting toned and every single part of it will start taking a nice curvy shape, that you are going to love.

Exercising by using just your body weight or only doing cardio training won’t get you that curved body – You need to use your muscles.

Now let’s cut to the chase. Your muscles can do two things: get bigger or get smaller.

And when you lift weights your muscles will most certainly grow.

This means your waist won’t get any smaller by training abs, therefore you can and should train abs especially your obliques without using weights.

On the other hand, you can work harder on your lower and upper body, meaning lifting heavy weights when working your legs and booty.

Plus, you can grow a wider back, shoulders, and arms to finally create the illusion of a smaller waist.

Work your whole body, part by part, shaping muscle by muscle.

You have to realize that your body won’t change if you don’t push it out of its comfort zone, and that’s the main reason why weights work so good in body transformations.

Girls, use your muscles to get hourglass body shape!

4. Don’t Forget About Cardio

Now, in order to maximize the fat burn, we’ll have to do a bit more than eating healthy and lifting weights.

Yes, our body burns fat while lifting weights but it still requires a little bit of cardio in order to maximize the results.

Especially when it comes to the fat wrapped around our belly section, which is stubborn as hell.

And since we want to get smaller waist we should do cardio too.

This doesn’t mean you have to start doing cardio like crazy, in fact you won’t get the desired results by spending hours on a cardio machine.

What you need is High Intensity Interval Cardio Workout, aka HIIT.

HIIT is an amazing way to burn the fat off your body, without tapping into the lean muscle.

Plus, these kinds of workouts will help you lose the excess fat faster, especially the stubborn one around your waist, and they will give you far better results in a significantly shorter amount of time.

Learn more about this >>> All About HIIT

Also, it’s still important to train your abs and keep a strong core, because it will help you perform better in almost all exercises.

However, you have to understand that when it comes to getting smaller waist cardio is far more important.

So, include ABS workouts to tone your abs, but don’t skip the cardio part 🙂

Apart from eating healthy and following the Burn Baby Burn Meal Plan, HIIT workout with lots of heavyweights got me a step closer to my dream hourglass body shape.

5. Avoid Heavy Weighted Oblique Abs Exercises

There is no such thing as a bad exercise!

However, there are certain exercises that can get you to a change you might not like, especially if you work to get hourglass body shape.

 

With that being said, you want to avoid exercises that might harm your hourglass figure.

What are those exercises?

Weighted standing, seated and lying side bends that specifically target the external oblique muscles, which run lengthwise down your sides.

These exercises are not necessarily beneficial for strengthening the midsection and they may add width to your sides. Instead, try rotational exercises that engage all the muscles of the abdomen to help keep your waist tiny. – Dr. Len Kravitz

And he is absolutely right: these kinds of exercises strengthen your side AB muscles and that way your core might get wider, or get the illusion that you have a wider waist.

Although this can happen only if you have a shape that doesn’t have that much of a waist anyway, I’d avoid these exercises just in case.

6. Start Loving Yourself More

And the last thing you should do to get hourglass body shape is self-love!

That’s right! And READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY because this is one of the most important things when it comes to getting the body of your dreams.

Even if you do all of these things you may still not get hourglass body shape.

But you know what? That’s totally okay.

We are all made differently and that’s the beauty of it.

We shouldn’t obsess with society’s beauty standards and one really good reason for that is Photoshop.

It seems like we are letting photoshop set the beauty standards for us, and this has to stop!

Thank God for the honest fitspo girls, that work freaking hard to let us know how Social media really works.

Let’s take Imre Çeçen as an example, an Instagram fitspo who is not afraid to share posts like this:

She often shows how easy it is to spice things a bit and get a totally different look.

PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG – I’m not denying that hourglass shape exists because it does.

It’s just so sad that nowadays Photoshop and plastic surgery tend to set up the rules of how we should look, and we have to stop it.

Also, let’s not forget the power of social media, that gets us craving for our favorite fitspo body.

But you know what? Posing makes your fitspo to look so freaking good. Here’s Jelly Devote showing us how posing can work.

She is fit, she is sexy and yes she has that hourglass body shape, but she’s far from perfect.

Things are not always what they look like, and I just want you to know that.

Nobody’s perfect, some are just better at hiding it than others, and you shouldn’t let society make you think you’re not worth it, because you totally are!

And you should think about this next time you feel bad about yourself when you’re standing in front of that mirror – YOU ARE YOU AND THAT IS YOUR SUPER POWER!

Now It’s Your Turn To Rock Your Hourglass Body Shape!

You got every single detail you need to know in order to get that hourglass figure. You just need to go for it!

Take an action, start eating healthy TODAY, exercise daily, set up lots of healthy habits and don’t forget to love yourself!

That’s the only way to get your dream body, get healthy, fit and happy.

Make the best version of yourself and remember to focus on being your own beautiful, instead of chasing someone else’s body shape.

Love and hugs to all of you babes!
Till next time,
xo
Monica

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