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Can't wait to lose weight? Here's some slimming advice from fashion experts

You're following a healthy meal plan (at least, most of the time) and working out. You're getting healthier, and you know that before long, you'll look as good as you feel. But still, the weight loss seems so slow. And while that's healthy, it can also be frustrating -- you want to be thin, and you want it now!

The solution: Use your wardrobe as a secret weapon. No, it won't actually help you lose weight. But the right clothes can help you look a lot thinner while you're in the process of slimming down.

"It is totally amazing, but any woman can look 5, 10, even 15 pounds slimmer automatically by simply using a few fashion tricks to fool the eye," says Lourdes Figueroa, founder and chief executive officer of UdefineU, a DVD program that teaches women how to become their own stylists.

According to Figueroa, many of those "perfect" bodies we see parading around in movies and on TV are nothing more than the result of some very clever shopping.

"Essentially, they use clothes to balance their bodies and put everything in proportion, which is really what dressing slim is all about," says Figueroa, now a size 8, but once a size 20 herself.

Linda Arroz, former editor-in-chief of Big Beautiful Woman magazine, heartily agrees. "The body is a sculpture, and you can shape it and visually reshape it, depending on your objectives," says Arroz, now a spokeswoman for the Plus Size Collection at Spiegel.

It's All About Balance

But where to start? Here's the experts' advice: Take a deep breath, then a long, hard look in a full-length mirror -- stark naked!

"You have to look past the extra pounds and focus on your overall body shape, the proportion between your top half and bottom half, and details of your basic bone structure, such as the width of your shoulders, the length of your neck, the width of your hip bones, " says celebrity stylist Laura Siebold, director of LiveStylist.com.

These areas, Siebold tells WebMD, are keys to balancing any figure type.

"If your top is decidedly larger than your bottom, then achieving proportion is about choosing styles that simultaneously minimize your top half while accentuating your bottom half -- and again, a full-length mirror can be your best friend," says Siebold.

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