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    Old 12-02-2009, 01:38 AM   #1
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    Toning for a Tighter Waist?

    Hi,

    I have been out of a workout routine for the last 8 months due to some injuries but I want to start working out again.

    I want to work on toning certain parts of my body though. I am 5'6 and generally have an athletic build. I have never been petite. But in high school I was in great shape, had a flat stomach and killer thighs/butt.

    Due to a string of injuries and health issues I had to take exercise way down and had some weight gain from both the lack of exercise and some nutritional issues (I tried to become a vegetarian and I am on the verge of being insulin resistant and the lack of protein made my blood sugar drop way low and caused all of my nutritional systems to go haywire). Anyways I never have had a prominent waist even when I was thin and athletic. I am high waisted with a large rib cage which almost eliminates my waist, and I carry all of my extra weight in my lower stomach.

    Now that I am focusing on losing weight and have gotten a little older (I am 20) I would like to work on getting a little bit curvier body with a waist. I know that when I start running and doing squats and ab workouts I can lose the belly weight and tone my thighs/butt but I would really also like a way to make my waist smaller. Are there some sort of exercises I can do at home that would help that?

     
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    Old 12-02-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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    Assuming you store body fat at your waist, general loss of body fat is the means to shrink your waist. Abdominal exercises will build muscle there, but will not appreciably lose fat preferentially from that area.

     
    Old 12-02-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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    But where I generally store fat is below my waist. I am high waisted and carry my weight lower. Which is why I am looking for ways to enhance my waist. Not nesecarrily build muscle there. And even when I am thin I have very little waist.

     
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    Re: Toning for a Tighter Waist?

    Generally, trying to "spot reduce" body fat in specific areas by exercising those areas is not effective. You'll need to do general body fat loss (the usual way, eat less calories than you use).

     
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