I am not trying to lose or gain weight, but I would like to make my midsection a little smaller in comparison to my hips and bust. I'm 5'5" and 120 lb. I don't gain in the stomach first, but I notice that my waist is wider than it was a few years ago (I'm in my twenties now, and in college I had a 24" waist). I'm fine losing weight, if that's my only option...but I read somewhere that your waist-hip ratio is determined by how many carbs vs. protein that you eat. I don't know why it was never a problem for me before, but I think I may have some wheat/gluten intolerances that I didn't have in college. Currently, I don't eat gluten but I will have pop chips and other processed gluten-free carbs..probably not good.
So here are my questions:
1.) Can a paleo diet change my waist-hip ratio? I am probably a pear or ruler as opposed to an apple, I just want a more defined waist area, with less fat distributed there. 2.) If I eat a lot of fruit, is that problematic? Is that considered high carb, or is it only the processed carbs I need to watch out for?
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on November 13, 2012
at 05:40 PM
Have you tried deadlifting and squatting heavy weights? You have to eat a lot to grow with these, but this will help push your butt ratio better. They work the lower back, abs, glutes, all leg muscles and upper back some too. Dancers and skaters have very developed legs which look quite nice. Sprinting a few times a week won't hurt either.
on November 13, 2012
at 06:55 PM
Squatting and deadlifting will definitely help your legs grow. Here is a link to specific exercises for the butt. T-nation article on building the glutes
I would note that for women, training in the 5+rep range can cause hypertrophy which you may or may not want. If I were advising you how to exercise to get more "curvy" I'd have you do a linear progression with squats in the 5 rep range, deadlifts 1x5 once a week (to grow the lower body), and while you do not want to skip upper body lifts, keep them in the more 3 or 4 rep ranges so that you don't gain muscle mass but you still get "toned" via becoming stronger.
Check out 70sbig and read his posts on women lifting they are really helpful. The site is not just about big muscles, it's a great training resource.
As an aside, I believe that in general breast size is dependant on bodyfat percentage. If you're trying to lost fat they are going to get a little smaller regardless.