Depending on your body shape keep the following points in mind when choosing pants:
Baggy pants rather than tapered pants are better for wide hips.
Make shorter legs look longer by choosing slim pants preferably without turn-ups or cuffs.
Wide leg pants without back pockets are better for the body with a full bottom.
Avoid tapered pants with large thighs. Wide or straight leg pants are best.
To avoid emphasizing a full bottom, take attention away from this body area by choosing light or bright colored tops with dark pants. Dark colors can have a slimming effect.
If you are considering a cosmetic procedure to assist with body toning be sure to check out the free research resources below to educate yourself before making a decision.
William H. Sheldon in his writings (1940-2) on human physique and temperament introduced a theory outlining three basic body types.
His theory has become accepted in literature dealing with weight, bodybuilding and exercise.
In recent years some researchers have gone beyond these three basic categories, one even compiling a chart of 45 different body types.
This new method of classification deals first with body proportion and bone structure and then allows for varying levels of fatness or thinness.
Nevertheless, the three main categories commonly recognized are set out below although it must be emphasized these are broad categories. There is great variation within them and the danger of oversimplification needs to be avoided due to numerous combinations.
- slender or lean
- thin flat chest
- delicate build
- young appearance
- lightly muscled
- large brain
- has trouble gaining weight
- muscle growth takes longer
- more muscular
- hard, muscular body
- overly mature appearance
- rectangular shaped
- thick skin
- upright posture
- gains or loses weight easily
- grows muscle quickly
- larger and fleshier
- soft body
- underdeveloped muscles
- round shaped
- over-developed digestive system
- trouble losing weight
- generally gains muscle easily
Our muscles gradually begin to shrink with age which slows the rate at which we burn calories. The less muscles we have, the less calories we burn.
So as we begin to lose muscle tissue our fat burning capacity diminishes and we begin to add weight to various parts of our frame.
This process often begins after the age of 25.
In men, the fat tends to go to the mid-section.
In women, the fat often goes to the abdominals, thighs and buttocks.
Walking is one of the best exercises for strengthening bones, controlling weight, toning the leg muscles, maintaining good posture and improving our self-image.
Specific exercise and muscle toning programs can tighten a protruding stomach, remove the bulge around the waist, add support to the back muscles, lift and firm a sagging bottom or tone flabby thighs for better-looking, shapelier legs.
Some modern researchers are emphasizing that every body has a natural beauty. Instead of having a mental image of the “perfect body”, they advise having a realistic view of self and begin to view our own body as beautiful.
Any body type can lose or gain weight. This of course will be in relation to a person’s bone structure and body proportion, allowing for varying levels of fatness or thinness.
It must be stated then that we cannot drastically change the body we were born with. We can learn to live with it and appreciate it.
Having said that, there are certain changes we can make involving slimming, firming body areas such as buttocks, hips, breasts, and improving the condition of our skin.
These changes can make a great difference to how we look and consequently how we feel about ourselves.
Dieting involves adjusting the diet through supplements or abstinence from certain foods for periods of time in order to lose weight.
Body toning may or may not include weight loss. Generally it means firming up parts of the body through exercise, muscle building and/or the use of certain herbal formulas which can be applied to the parts of the body needing attention.