How to Burn Lower Body Fat

Some people are pear-shaped and carry their weight predominantly in the lower half of their bodies. To reduce fat in the lower areas, there are specific exercises you should do in conjunction with a healthy weight-loss diet. Working out twice a week allows your muscles to recover in between exercise sessions.

Instructions

Eat Right and Get Moving

  1. Eat foods that burn fat such as vegetables and fruits. These foods regenerate your system, energize you and increase your vitality, as well as help you lose fat in the lower and upper part of the body. Vegetables and fruits allow you to eliminate more frequently and fully, which gets rid of toxins and bloating. These foods also reduce your cravings for sweets and keep your energy levels at a consistent rate so you don’t get too hungry or tired.
  2. Work out the quads, which are the muscles on the front of your thighs. Sit down, place your hands on each side of you on the bench you are sitting on and simultaneously raise both legs, stopping before your knees lock. Hold and then lower. Repeat. You can make this more strenuous by using an exercise machine equipped with weights that you lift with your legs.
  3. Use the leg press machine at the gym or in your home, which works out your butt and your quadriceps. You push the press with your feet, straightening your legs and then bending them as you return to the starting position. Do not lock your knees.
  4. Do lunges, which will work out all of the muscles in your lower body. You can do this while holding hand weights or a dumbbell, placed on your shoulders, behind your neck.
  5. Lose butt fat by doing squats–lots of them. To see results sooner, hold a 5-pound weight in each hand while squatting.

Other Suggestions

 

  1. Get on your hands and knees and bring your left knee up to your chest and then extend it as far behind you as you can. Lifting your leg toward the ceiling once the leg is fully extended will work out your butt muscles even more. Do this on the right side as well.
  2. Try to slim down fat ankles or “cankles,” which may be your genetic predisposition. You may have the tendency to store fat in your lower legs. Fat ankles also can be the result of edema, tendinitis or water retention. You may or may not succeed in losing the fat on your ankles. Consider doing kickboxing or other activities that bulk up your calves and minimize thick ankles.
  3. Do yoga. Yoga tones and sculpts the entire body while helping you burn fat and lose weight. Yoga improves posture and straightens your spine, which makes you look taller and thinner.

Eight Ways to Style a Scarf

A beautiful scarf is the perfect accessory for any outfit, but you may only know a few ways to tie one. Molly Borter, a content writer for Scarves.net, the largest online specialty scarf store, encourages people to experiment with new looks that go beyond the basic knot or the simple loop.

This simple way to style a scarf is perfect for light weight rectangular scarves

Start with the scarf around the back of your neck with both ends hanging down. Loop one end around the other twice and then bring it up through the bottom of the neck loop and over the knot that has been created. Spread the top end over the bottom end to create the ascot. “I love to do this knot with scarves that have some metallic in them so it shows off the knot.

Four in Hand

Take a long rectangular scarf and fold it in half and place it around your neck so that one end is a loop and the other end is the two ends. Take one of the two ends of the scarf and bring it through the loop. Twist the loop itself so it creates another loop and bring the second end of the scarf through that loop. This look is perfect for a pashmina-style scarf, and it’s an easy way to make a fancy-looking knot. “I teach all my family and friends this one,” Borter says.

Infinity Shrug

Infinity scarves have become very stylish in the last few years, and you might think the only way to wear it is as a double or triple loop around your neck. But you can easily turn that infinity scarf into a makeshift shrug by holding the scarf behind your back and bringing your arms through each loop. This style is great with a sleeveless dress or for a wedding because it covers your shoulders. “It’s very versatile.

Fancy Braid

Take a long lightweight scarf and tie a knot adjusting the loop around your neck so that it is about the size of the finished look. Take the right end of the scarf and bring it over the left end of the scarf at the knot, then bring it through the bottom of the neck loop and over to the front. Take the left end of the scarf and bring it over the right end of the scarf, and repeat as before. Repeat until you’ve run out of material and tie to finish. Stretch out the braid to show off this pretty look.

Muffler

This look is stylish and it keeps your neck and chest extra warm by trapping air inside its natural ripples. Fold a square scarf in half on the diagonal to create a triangle. Bring the folded edge to the front of your neck and tie the ends around the back of your neck. You can keep the ends hanging behind you, or bring them to the front and hide them underneath the muffler. This is a really pretty way to show off a scarf, especially if it has tassels at the end.

Double Wrap French Knot

Take a square silk scarf and fold it into a long thin rectangle that is the width that you want to cover your neck. Place the scarf around the front of your neck and pass two ends of the scarf behind your neck and bring them to the front. Tie a knot on one side of your neck and adjust the ends until you feel like Audrey Hepburn. “This is very French inspired.

Chain Knot

Take a rectangular scarf and hang it around the back of your neck. Twist the two ends twice close to your neck, bring the ends behind your neck and tie them. The look is great for clothes that have a deeper neckline, Borter says. “Gorgeous necklines need to be shown off, so the fact that the chain knot ties at the back of your neck, allows for you to still accessorize with a scarf without covering up your outfit.

Knot Row

Place the scarf around the back of your neck leaving both ends hanging down the front. Tie the scarf into a few knots down the front of your body, making sure they are of similar size and evenly spaced. This is a great look for the warmer months because it isn’t too bulky and it can easily dress up a plain T-shirt or blouse, Borter says. “I love how you can add more knots down the row for a more dramatic feel.

The Best Diet for a Pear Shape

Not all body types are created equal, and dieting needs can often vary depending on individual body shape. In general, there are two body shapes–apples and pears. Apples tend to store more fat around the midsection, providing them with a thicker appearance. Pears, on the other hand, tend to store their weight on the hips and thighs, increasing the overall width of the lower body while leaving the waist relatively untouched. As a pear, you will want to focus on a higher-carb, lower-fat diet.

Pear Diet

Consume a diet focused on the consumption of healthy carbs and a moderate amount of protein while minimizing your consumption of dietary fat if you have a traditional “pear” shape, according to information from Dr. Marie Savard, author of “Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness.” The general break point to determine whether you have a pear-shaped body is hip-to-waist ratio. If your hip to waist ratio is 0.80 or below, you have a pear-shaped body and you should adhere to these dietary standards.

Consume around 50 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 20 percent dietary fat per day if you have a pear-shaped body. Regarding carbohydrates, focus your consumption on healthy carbs like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding unhealthy and overly processed carbs like sugars, white flour, processed foods, and alcohols. Regarding protein, the best protein sources are lean sources of meat and dairy, so aim to eat plenty of chicken, turkey, low-fat meat, seafood, and low-fat dairy with each meal to fulfill your protein requirements without adding additional fat to your diet. Regarding fat intake, focus on the consumption of healthy natural fats like avocados, coconuts, olive oils, nuts, and seeds while avoiding saturated fats from animal meat and trans fats from fried foods and other sources. Check the nutritional information on each product to determine both how much and what type of fat is in any one entree.

Types of Dresses That Make You Look Skinny

No matter what your weight, you deserve to look beautiful in dresses. Sometimes, creating a flattering look is about smoke and mirrors. Dresses should draw attention to the best part of you and cover the parts of you that you like least. Regardless of your body type and the dress you choose, make sure you choose the proper fit and wear undergarments that flatter.

Wrap Dress

Fashionistas and stylists agree that the wrap dress is universally flattering. Introduced by Diane von Furstenberg in 1972, the wrap dress is usually made in a lightweight knit print. It wraps around your waist, highlighting the smallest part of your shape. It also creates an automatic V-neck. A wrap dress with an A-line skirt gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. Select a small print, which is more slimming than a large print.

Dresses With an Empire Waist

An empire waist creates a line right under the bust, an area that is usually a slim part of your torso. Drawing the eye to a small part of your body will make you look slimmer. The empire waist will also draw the eye up toward the bust. Pairing the dress with eye-catching jewelry will draw attention to your neckline, too. You can find a dress with an empire waist with an A-line skirt or a pencil skirt that skims the hips instead of flaring out.

Dresses with Ruching

Ruching is a gather of fabric. You can choose a dress that is ruched from top to bottom, or you can choose ruching for the waist. It may seem counter-intuitive to wear a dress with gathered folds of fabric, but many figures are flattered by ruching that draws the eye toward the center of the body or toward a narrow part of the body. Ruching may also have the effect of concealing figure details behind the fabric.

Sheath Dress

Although you may think that a bigger dress will hide your body, it just makes you look heavier. The sheath dress skims your body and accentuates your curves. The sheath can be paired with a long jacket to camouflage wide hips. Or pair your sheath with a wide belt to further accentuate your waistline. Don’t be afraid to choose color when buying a sheath dress. Instead of basic black, a pastel or jewel tone that flatters your complexion will put the emphasis on your face.

Fashion Tips for Pear-Shaped Women

Everybody and every body is different — that’s what makes our world such a beautifully diverse place to live. But for some women, dressing for their particular body shape is more challenging than others. For pear-shaped women in particular, the discrepancy between upper and lower body sizes can be frustrating. But with a little research, dressing for a pear-shaped body can be easy and fun.

Highlight Your Assets

Often, women with pear-shaped bodies have smaller upper bodies than lower-bodies. If this is true in your case, use it to your advantage by highlighting a trim tummy or great breasts. Choose tops that cling to your upper body while leaving your pant or skirt choices on the looser side. If you have a long, slender neck, highlight it with multi-strand necklaces that drape in rows to show off the elegance of having an elongated neckline.

Use Color to Your Advantage

A major mistake that both pear-shaped and overweight women make when selecting wardrobe choices is thinking that by dressing all in black, they will be creating an overall slim silhouette. While it is true that black is a slimming color, for pear-shaped women, dressing in a monochromatic color scheme of any color or shade can create a boxy effect. Instead, choose a bright color or interesting patterns in a top, shirt or blouse, and stick to a black, navy or dark gray pair or pants or skirt to create the streamlined look you want.

Dress Your Best

Dresses are the pear-shaped woman’s secret weapon. When selecting dresses, aim for an A-line style that is fitted on top and gives a slight flare on the skirt. Avoid fitted dresses or pencil skirts. The use of A-line or empire waist dresses camouflages wider hips and thighs that characterize the pear-shape. Thus, dresses give the illusion of having a figure that is as small as the upper body all over. However, pear-shaped women still need to adhere to the typical “light on the top, dark on the bottom” mantra of dressing.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

An often overlooked but seriously important part of making the most of your pear shape is your choice of footwear. Too commonly, women think that footwear has no impact on the appearance of their body shape, but they are woefully misled. The number one best choice in footwear for a pear-shaped woman is the pointed toe, which creates a nice, extended look to the leg. Stiletto heels will throw off the balance of your look, but other types of heels will help elongate the look of the leg. One shoe style that pear-shaped women should avoid at all costs is the rounded-toe style, which cuts the foot off and gives the appearance of stunted legs.

How to Lose Leg Fat Fast

Fat deposits itself differently in men and women. Men are more prone for fat storage in their stomachs, while women carry more fat in their hip and thigh areas. Eliminating fat from anywhere on the body, including your legs, requires a healthy diet plus an aerobic exercise routine. Reducing fat just from your problem areas is not possible, and to lose leg fat you will have to reduce fat from your entire body.

  1. Eat five to six small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. Eating often keeps your metabolism burning calories and fat, and keeps food cravings at bay. Don’t skip meals, and don’t eat anything three hours before you go to bed, because it has a tendency to be stored as fat.
  2. Read food labels to find out about calories, fat and sugar content in products. Fill your fridge or pantry with vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products, fiber-rich foods, lean meats, complex carbohydrates and unsaturated fats. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fried foods and processed foods.
  3. Create an exercise routine where you perform interval training three days per week. Interval training burns calories and fat faster than regular a single sustained exercise does. Walk at a comfortable, but brisk pace for up to five minutes. Accelerate to a moderate jogging pace for two to five minutes. Go back and forth between walking and jogging, or jogging and running. Aim to complete 45 minutes of physical activity per day. Add variety by riding a bike or swimming to vary the intervals and activity.
  4. Build muscle by engaging in a whole body weight lifting routine three days of the week. Train all parts of your body for all over fat burn. Weight training boosts your metabolism because it takes energy to do it. Therefore, you burn more calories and fat. Workout with weights on alternate days so your muscles have sufficient time to restore themselves.
  5. Perform lunges and/or squats to tone the legs, so that once the fat starts diminishing, tight, toned muscles will be displayed.
  • Lunges: Stand up straight and take a big step forward with your right leg. Keep the left leg slightly bent at the knee as you hold it up on the ball of the left foot. Lower your body straight down by bending at the knees. Avoid your right knee extending over your toes. Return to the starting position and continue to complete a set 8 to 10 repetitions before switching legs.
  • Squats: Place your feet wider than your shoulder width with your toes pointing slightly outward. Hold your torso erect as you lower your upper body by bending at the knees. Keep the knees from over-extending over your feet. Lower yourself as deep as you can while maintaining a straight back. Return to the starting position and squeeze the gluteous muscles for additional toning.

A Perfect Coat for Every Body

In cold weather, women rely more on outerwear to make a fashion statement. And although few women look like actress Marie Cotillard in a coat (pictured here) whatever your shape, there’s a style that will flatter you most. Also keep in mind that you may need more than one coat for the season. For example, if you’re wearing a dress and have exposed legs, a longer coat will keep you warmer. The same long coat, however, can look bulky with a heavy sweater and jeans.

Peacoat

Actress Gina Gershon sports a winter favorite here: the peacoat. “A peacoat flatters most full-figured and pear-shaped ladies,” said Jess Zaino, style producer for ABC’s “The Chew” and founder of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours. “They give structure to the shoulders and balance a thick waist and big hips.”

Trench

The classic trench, worn here by actress Dianna Agron, flatters all body shapes. “The sexy, fitted belt at the waist accentuates a super feminine, hourglass figure,” said Zaino. “If you’re petite, look for a hemline that hits above the knee to avoid looking smaller.”

Parka

Actress Ariel Winter looks trendy in this puffy blue parka. While it works on many shapes, note that the volume does add width to your frame. “Avoid a loose fit, which will leave you looking shapeless,” Zaino said. She also said that long parkas look best on taller women, so keep it cropped if you’re petite.

Cropped Fur Coat

“A cropped fur is so very Hollywood,” said Zaino, but she noted that it can be tricky to pull off for some sizes. Model Jessica White, who is tall and slim, wears it well. “Make sure the sleeves fit [so] as not to look childish and that the hemline hits at or above the waist to show off curves instead of hiding them.”

Cape Coat

Italian TV personality Miriam Leone is seen here wearing a vintage-inspired white cape. “Capes work on slight and curvy frames, petite and tall women, and will work even if you are between sizes,” said Zaino. She added that it’s an especially appropriate coat during transitional weather and works well as a layering piece.

Bracelet Sleeve

Notice how the sleeves on this coat stop at the elbow and show off what TV personality Kris Jenner is wearing underneath, hence the name “bracelet sleeve.” This coat is ideal for layering and perfect for climates that aren’t especially cold. Because of the extra volume, it looks best on tall and narrow frames.

Cropped Coat

“A short tweed style is the ultimate statement in luxury style,” noted Zaino. This type of light coat looks best on an athletic frame, like actress Maria Bello’s. Zaino suggested pairing it with chic heels and pearls for a sophisticated cold-weather ensemble.

Wrap Coat

“Like Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, the wrap coat is universally flattering on all body types and sizes,” said Zaino. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks polished, and her waist is accentuated. “The diagonal line formed by the classic coat’s closure slims and trims, while the belt at the waist gives a woman an ultra-feminine silhouette.”

Beautiful Baubles: Layering Bracelets 101

There’s nothing we like more than a good arm party, but there is an art to curating the perfect wrist full of blinged-out bracelets. A few simple tricks will help you nail a complementary combination and prevent bracelets from toppling to the front of your hand every time you move your arm. To master the art of stacking of baubles, we asked accessory aficionado Shahrnaz Shifteh to give us a crash course in how to properly rock an arm party. Click through for Shifteh’s foolproof tips — your naked wrists will be glad you did.

Mix & Match

When layering bracelets, don’t shy away from mixing and matching a variety of colors and materials. “The trick is to make sure they’re all the same diameter so they don’t topple to the front of your hand,” advised Shifteh. “Gemstones, beads, rubber — anything goes if you keep the diameter of your bracelets consistent.” This trick also ensures that any charms are visible when the bracelets are stacked.

Similar Stack

“Layering a bunch of the same bracelets results in a more dramatic look,” said Shifteh. “To create this layered effect, you should stock up on bracelets when you find ones you like.” In this look, Shifteh piled on rhinestone bracelets and pearl bracelets in two iridescent shades, pale green and lavender. Again, the bracelets should have the same diameters to prevent unwanted toppling.

Curating Classics

For an updated take on a classic look, pair a variety of gold bangles with several of the same pearl bracelets. Gold bangles with simple details nicely complement pearl bracelets with black and gold accents. “This look works because the diameter of the bracelets are similar so they fall together nicely,” explained Shifteh.

Time to Layer Up

Incorporate a watch into a layered look by pairing it with several thick bangles of similar widths. Be sure to match your metals for a complementary combo. “Don’t be afraid to wear large pieces on one wrist — or even on both wrists,” said Shifteh. “If you have one or two bangles on one wrist, wear a watch on the other to balance it out.”

Statement Bangles

“Animal prints can be mixed and matched much more manageably when it’s done with jewelry because it’s such a small amount of print,” explained Shifteh. The key is to choose animal prints that play off your outfit’s color palette. In this look, the leopard bangle complements the red skirt while the zebra print bangle is a variation of the stripe motif.

8 Looks for the Art of Casual Chic

Though casual chic may sound like an oxymoron, the truth is that you can look chic in almost anything you wear (sans workout gear and pajamas). The key to mastering the art of casual chic is to combine comfortable clothing with a hint of sophisticated flair. That flair may be demonstrated by your shoe choice, accessories, hair or even absolute confidence in your appearance. Once you’ve mastered the casual chic look, you’ll always have something to wear no matter where you go, be it a cocktail party, grocery store or barbecue.

Flirty Chic

The colorful palette on this otherwise sophisticated, streamlined dress takes Sarah Jessica Parker straight into the realm of casual chic. Her getup is dressy enough for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and mingling, but could also work while running errands or at a low-key lunch. To achieve a flirty, casual chic look like this one, wear a well-fitted dress with comfortable shoes and relaxed hair.

Street-Wear Chic

As senior fashion market editor of “Harper’s Bazaar,” Joanna Hillman knows a thing or two about fashion. Here, the blond-haired maven looks calm, cool and collected in her baggy blue blouse and neutral skirt. Create this look by wearing slightly oversized apparel paired with texturized locks, sunglasses and minimal jewelry.

Leopard Chic

Mischa Barton shows her wild side in a leopard print top and ballet flats. She keeps the knee-length skirt casual and youthful with a simple hairstyle and minimalist accessories. Pairing her printed top with a denim A-Line skirt and studded belt keeps the look casual, but the bold prints provide an extra wow-factor. Her black tights and flats make the ensemble perfect for fall. Add a neutral-colored jacket and you’re set for winter, too!

Summer Chic

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is all about laid-back apparel. She pairs a very casual, loose T-shirt and tattered denim shorts with heels to instantly transform the look into casual chic. Heels are an easy way to dress up any casual look, whether you’re in leggings, jeans, a blazer or jumpsuit. For a touch of flirty flair, wear a splashy accessory as Kardashian does.

Trendy Chic

The always trending Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist and author, keeps the momentum going with this creamy fitted blazer and dark denim jean. To bring her ensemble up to chic-dom, she layers with a flowing, patterned scarf. Scarves, like heels, instantly add a bit of chic sophistication to any look. Try one in a neutral color, like Papadopoulos, or a splashy color if you’re feeling frisky.

Autumn Chic

What makes model-turned-photographer Delfina Blaquier’s outfit casual chic is her layering techniques. Without the trench-length cardigan and colorful scarf, the white dress underneath would read more dressy than casual. Experiment with layering your outfits to create a casual, yet fashion-forward look.

Hippie Chic

Actress Gillian Zinser, seen with actor Tristan Wilds, channels her inner hippie with this casual chic ensemble. The short jeans paired with a fun, patterned top makes her outfit instantly interesting. Add the purple, matching headband and it’s a fashion-forward ensemble. To master the art of casual chic you must not be afraid to take fashion risks.

Formal & Fun

Blake Lively, actress and fashionista, is known in the fashion world for her eclectic taste and flare for red carpet outfits. Though this particular outfit is more formal than casual, Lively layers the sheerness of her blouse and lace skirt with a fitted blazer. Her flattering blazer says business, but the ethereal quality of her top and its lack of structure add a touch of casualness. Combine formal elements with daytime fabrics like a light-colored lace for a similar look.

Necklace designs-ingenious tree of life pendant

It is a popular necklace designs on tree of life pendant. You can make the wire wrapped mothers day necklace pendant by following the detailed illustrations and elaborated word explanations.

Things needed in mothers day necklace: 1mm Aluminum Wire 0.5mm Brass Wire Gemstone beads strand Brass chain Side Cutting Plier Flat Nose Plier

Form the frame

Step 1

  • Take an aluminum wire segment and then form an oval (in this project) around an object in that shape
  • Twist the wire ends several turns
  • Work a loop with one end and wrap the tail around the neck
  • Take the other wire end and wrap it around the neck in same way

Step 2

  • Cut four 30cm long brass wire strips, fold them in half and separate into three groups as 1-2-1. Attach to the frame by wrapping and twisting
  • Take the left ends, wrap the rest 6 ends for tree trunk as picture show
  • Separate the 8 ends again;
  • Slide on the glass chips and secure by wrapping the excess tails around the frame
  • Then the second wire
  • Repeat the same processes until complete entire tree of life.

Step 3

Add on the chain Snip a certain long chain and then thread the pendant onto it. Connect the first link and last link by a small jumpring and then it’s a meaningful mothers day necklace at once. Though the pendant itself is shroud with mystery, the tree of life embodies totally love and gratitude for hardworking moms when worn as an adornment. While practical mothers day necklace pendant, all skills needed is simple wire wrapping technique. This may help you master the advanced techniques bit by bit, and create more fabulous necklace designs as well.