Getting An Hourglass Figure Requires Some Optical Shenanigans


Getting an hourglass figure is something that a lot of us want, but actually getting it is a challenge. Many of us look in the mirror and think to ourselves, “that’s never gonna happen.”

It turns out, though, that getting that coveted shapely appearance is a lot easier and accessible than you think. You can’t do much about your underlying bone structure, but adding a little muscle here and taking away some fat there can make a big difference. 

What’s more, you don’t have to rely on hard work alone. Optical shenanigans can help too - particularly the types of clothes that you wear.

So how do you get that hourglass figure fast? What do you need to do? 

Learn The Moves

Very few women have an hourglass figure naturally. Instead, it is usually the result of smart work in the gym. 

Getting an hourglass figure involves doing quite specific exercises designed to hit the areas that need to grow the most. 

So what are these? 

The main goal of your routine should be to add healthy volume to the butt, thighs, and hips while reducing the amount of weight that you hold around the middle. It’s not about just piling on as many pounds as you can in the middle of your body. It’s also about creating quality new muscle in those areas. 

Here are some exercises you’ll want to try: 
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Leg curls
  • Side lunges
  • Split squats
  • Pilates moves
You’ll also want to focus a considerable portion of your efforts on upper body toning too, particularly the arms and shoulders. Remember, hourglass figures are broader at the shoulders and hips than they are at the waist. 

Adjust How You Wear Your Clothes

The next step is to adjust how you wear your clothes to accentuate your curves while drawing in your middle. 

High-waisted Lee jeans, for instance, create an optical illusion that makes it appear that your hips are bulging out more than they are. You can also tie a crop top in a bow or even wear a cinch with a dress that brings your middle inwards. 

If you’re still struggling, try combining leggings with a skirt, this will help to emphasize the hips while reducing the apparent size of the legs. 

Eat Minimally-Processed Foods

When trying to get an hourglass figure, processed foods are your number one enemy. Specific foods, like white bread, cake, and candy, hijack your body’s natural energy-sensing pathways and encourage you to eat more than you should. Eventually, you enter a weight gain phase, and it is almost impossible to stop. 

Remember, the lynchpin of an hourglass shape is a narrow waist. Thus, the higher the quality of your diet, the less likely you are to gain weight in this area. If anything, you stand a good chance of losing it. 

Changing what you eat can work wonders for your beauty in general. The more greens, beans, and whole grains you eat, the better your skin will be, and the sexier you’ll feel, regardless of whether you get that hourglass look or not.