The perfect hourglass figure is the most coveted of all body types. According to Wikipedia, "the waist-hip ratio (WHR) for a female very strongly correlates to the perception of attractiveness across all cultures.
Women with a 0.7 WHR (waist circumference that is 70% of the hip circumference) are rated more attractive by men in various cultures.
Such diverse beauty icons as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and the Venus de Milo all have ratios around 0.7."
Unfortunately the hourglass figure is also the most rare. Only 8.4% of women fall into the hourglass shape category while 46% fall into the rectangle shape, 21% fall into the pyramid shape, and 13% fall into the cone shape.
The great news is that you can create the illusion of a perfect hourglass figure with the right workouts, healthy eating tips and a few showgirl tips and tricks.
There are many body type charts online that can help you determine your body type but the easiest way to know your true type is to determine where you gain most of your weight and how you look when you start to get closer to your preferred weight.
How you look when you are at or close to your ideal weight should always be your starting point because knowing where you stand means knowing what workouts and eating plan your body needs.
Remember that there are 4 basic body type including rectangle, hourglass, pyramid, and cone and each one needs very different workouts in order to get closer to the hourglass shape.
Rectangle Shapes: Need a few full body fatloss workouts per week, 1-2 upper body and core workouts per week to create the illusion of a smaller waist and a lot of lower body workouts to create a curvier bottom half.
Hourglass Shapes: Need full body fatloss circuits 3-4 times per week and very few trouble zone workouts each week week to tighten and tone. Yes even the perfect hourglass figure shape needs to workout right for their body type.
Pyramid Shapes: Need more upper body workouts to balance a bigger booty but can usually get away with little ab workout and a couple of lower body and full body fatloss workouts each week to lose excess fat and tighten and tone the lower half.
Cones Shapes: Need a lot of lower body work to balance a wider upper body plus plenty of full body fatloss and a few core and upper body workouts to keep the upper body toned. This is the most challenging body type to work with but the one that benefits most from a body type focused workout plan.Want a workout plan that you can customize to your unique body type? Get started with Your Best Female Figure. An 8 week plan that you can customize to your body and that is designed for women who want a lean toned body with sexy female curves.
Did you know the average body type in the 40's was the perfect hourglass figure type and not the rectangle body type? The reason this has changed drastically is the highly processed American diet.
If you want to shrink your waist fast the best way to do it is to start eating veggies, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains and little to no processed food of any kind (no frozen meals, no canned foods, no fast food, no prepackaged anything, and no sugar or sugar substitutes).
Clean up your diet as much as possible and you will achieve a curvier figure more quickly. You should also cut back on calories so you are eating only as much as you need for your activity level. Use a bmr/amr calculator to figure this out and underestimate your activity level by 2 levels to get an accurate figure. Most people overestimate how active they are and underestimate how much they eat so be sure to keep both calories in and calories burned in check.
There's a few secret tricks of perfect hourglass figure showgirls, dancers, and actresses that can help you create the illusion of a smaller waist and more ample hips, butt, and bust.
1. Showgirls worked on improving their posture and had a strong core because this created a long torso and the illusion of a smaller waist and a perfect hourglass figure. Crazy Horse in Paris calls this the 18 cm standard (area between the tummy, belly button to top of pubic bone must be 18 cm). Try yoga, pilates, or basic stretches to improve posture and core strength.
2. Curvy burlesque dancers didn't exercises all the time but they were very active all day every day. These girls danced 10 hours a day, sewed their own costumes, built their own props and set up for their own shows so be sure to increase your daily activity level in addition to exercise. Tom Venuto author of the Body Fat Solution calls this NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) and explains that it makes a HUGE impact on how much fat you burn every day.
3. Perfect hourglass figure showgirls and actresses flaunted their natural beauty. Back in the 40's and 50's plastic surgery was unheard of so women made the most of what they had. A sexy curvy hourglass look was not as much about having the body type as it was about acting like you did so work what you were born with just like the crazy horse girls in the video here. Their body types lean more toward the rectangle type but you can't tell from the way they move!
4. Do what movie stars do and get a little help from a bodyshaper. In
case you didn't know, most actresses don't set foot on the red carpet
without their body shapers. Nobody has a perfect body and everybody can
use a little help from shapewear once in a while.
5. Focus on getting YOUR best figure and you can create the illusion of a perfect hourglass figure no matter what body type you have!
Aguilera, Rene Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Demi
Moore, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, Cher are not hourglass types but
have all managed to star in some very hourglass type roles too which
proves that it's all about body confidence that comes from having YOUR
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