Chances are most of the women out there are on the ever-present quest to lose weight! And yes, diet and exercise are truly the only ways we are going to be able to achieve those goals, barring some horrible illness or invasive surgery. But what if I told you that there are a few ways you can cheat the system, and it all has to do with the way you present yourself? If that sounds like useful information to you, read on to find out how you can instantly look 10 lbs slimmer without restricting your diet or stepping on a treadmill.
1. Posture is Everything
Did you know that if you slouch, you just look heavier and your body appears to be cumbersome. Straighten up, hold back those shoulders and walk with purpose. Not only will you look more confident, but your back will probably hurt less as a result.
2. Cinch Your Waist
This is the oldest trick in the book. If you define the smallest part of your body, the eye is immediately attracted to that definition and it creates a nice, slimming effect. If you have a curvy body type, avoid sack like dresses or clothing without any structure or seaming. If you carry your weight around your middle and have long lean limbs, go ahead and ignore this rule and wear dresses and tops that skim the body and give yourself permission to experiment with sleeveless items and skirts with shorter hemlines.
3. Wear Clothing That Elongates the Body
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There are so many ways to achieve a long, lean look it is hard to think of where to start. The best way to elongate the top half of your body is to wear something with a v-neckline. This creates space between your face and your midsection and the effect is slimming. Another great way to elongate the body is to wear pants that elongate the body. A high waisted pant with a flared hem is a simple trick that works most people. It makes your legs look a mile long. Add in a platform or a high-heel and you will be the longest, leanest mama on the block. If you have short arms, avoid chunky jewelry at the wrist because it cuts you off and makes your arms appear even shorter. If you have a long torso and short legs, avoid wearing extra long tops with cropped pants.
4. Get Your Clothes Tailored
This is so important and most people really don't do it. Do you ever wonder how celebrities always look so put together? It is because every single item they put on their bodies has been cut and snipped to fit them. Even a simple t-shirt may be the wrong length. If you're thinking this is too expensive, you're wrong. When you find you like the way everything you have fits you, you will be less tempted to go out and throw money around on new clothing you don't necessarily need. Plus, once you start being a regular with a specific tailor or seamstress you will get the best deals.
5. Wear Proper Undergarments
If you have large breasts this is of the utmost importance. You need to get properly fitted for a bra! When your boobs are hanging somewhere around the middle of your torso, you appear to be lumpy and it adds extra weight to your mid-section. So many women go through life not realizing that their bust is getting in the way of having a slim silhouette. Now that that has sunk in, let's talk about shape-wear. It exists, it's a thing, people use it, it works! Kim Kardashian is no slouch in this department. Go invest in the right undergarments and you will be amazed at the results.
This post was originally published on Laila Ali Lifestyle