How to Look Thinner Instantly
How can you look thinner, have your clothes fit better, and project more confidence? Here's the secret.
Psst ... Hey! Wanna know a secret? Here's how to look up to 10 pounds
thinner, have your clothes look better, and ooze confidence with every step you
take. And you might just get rid of your tension
lower back pain while you're at it. Sounds like a bad late-night
infomercial, right? It's not. You may actually achieve these things if you pay
attention to an often neglected area of body conditioning -- your posture.
"You would be amazed at what a difference making a few simples changes
in how you hold your body can make in not only how you look, how your clothes
fit, even how young you look," says personal trainer Sue Fleming, creator
of the Buff Fitness line of DVDs and books.
Posture expert Janice Novak agrees. "We spend a lot of money on our
clothes, our hair, our makeup, but without good posture, your midsection can
look at least a couple of inches wider than it is -- and because you are also
pushing your gut forward you are creating a potbelly that might not otherwise
be there," says Novak, director of ImproveYourPosture.com and author of the
Posture: Get It Straight series of books and DVDs.
What's more, she says, your posture influences how others see you.
"They did some research about 10 years ago at the University of
Louisville where 60 people were asked to rate the appearance of two women in a
series of pictures -- in some they were slumping, in others they were standing
up straight . Consistently, viewers rated the women who were standing up
straight to be younger and more attractive," Novak says.
In fact, she says, when subjects looked only at the bodies of the women,
(their heads were masked) the researchers found that the woman who weighed more
-- 125 pounds, compared to the 105-pound model -- was perceived as thinner and
more attractive simply because she was standing up and taller.
Personal trainer Jessica Bottesch isn't surprised. "When you slump over,
you lose inches in your height, so you are taking whatever your body mass is
and scrunching it down, making yourself look shorter and wider," says
Bottesch, co-owner of Empower Personal Training studios in North Carolina.
But, Fleming says, "when your body is in alignment, your head is sitting
squarely on your shoulders, and your shoulders are pulled back with your core
muscles pulled in, you not only increase your height and stretch out your body
mass, making you look thinner, but you're also projecting an image of
confidence, of being more alert, and more youthful -- all of which makes you
look more attractive."
Posture and Your Health
If vanity isn't enough motivation to get you to stand taller, experts say
posture can also affect your health.