By Laurel House
It's bikini season, time to put your best butt forward! Ever since Kim Kardashian's revered rear bumped the sinewy silhouette aside as the most coveted shape of a woman, we have done all we can to lift, shape and perk up our own backsides to bootylicious proportions.
When it comes to making the best of what we've got, it's a 5-prong approach:
"Fit"- as in how your Jeans Fit, and Pocket Placement
Cardio: Cardio exercises such as workout videos, kickboxing, step aerobics, stair climbing, stairmaster, jogging, power walking intervals on an incline, hiking, swimming or rollerblading 4-6 times per week for 30-45 minutes will help with butt shaping. The great thing is that you don't have to go to a gym for this, do do-yourself workouts and you will still get the incredible butt you want! If you want to make the most of your time and really get the fastest results, look to The Butt Bible. Trainer Pauline Nordin, the trainer on the Nordic version of The Biggest Loser, is a tough-talking Swedish bombshell who promises a total butt transformation in six weeks! The Butt Bible is a 3-DVD fitness system of 6 kickass, circuit-style workouts.
Resistance: To lift and shape, you need to tear down the gluteus muscles and create active muscle cells that are ready to rebuild. Try butt exercises that focus on resistence and power moves that shock the butt muscles and force them to fire. A few butt lifter faves: squats, lunges, butt lifts, step ups
The Foods You Eat: I didn't say to "diet," this is more about "your diet"- what you eat/you're your diet consists of. Having a shapely behind also has to do with foods you choose. If you want to lose size you have to minimize your calorie intake. Remember that 3500 calories equals 1 pound of fat. Make sure to eat wholesome, nutrient-rich meals with a proper balance of protein, high fiber low sugar carbohydrates and healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Also, help the fat-trimming process by eating fat-blasting foods (foods that naturally burn fat).
Some jeans are specifically engineered to accentuate your assets- lifting and separating like a wonderbra. Instead of buying a completely separate contraption to do the trick, our favorite denim shapers have built-in butt enhancers (no, not butt pads!). Through careful construction, perfect pocket placement and seemingly innocent seams, your behind can be shaped like a ripe set of cherries. Avoid bubble butt and create the appearance of your own set of cherries by selecting a style that lifts and separates (kind of like a butt bra). Look for 5-pocket, tight-fitting, stretch material jeans, with a specifically contoured waist and back rise, all of which work to sculpt the butt, while simultaneously bringing the eye to certain areas and away from others.
Perfect Pocket Placement
Half the battle of having a great butt is paying attention to the type of pants that you wear. Back pocket placement and size can dramatically change the appearance of your behind. For best placement, the pocket should end right above the crease between your butt and thigh. When pockets are too far apart they tend to bring your eyes out, making your butt appear wider. Be sure pockets are close enough together.
Drink lots of water with lemon (lemon acts as a mild diuretic) to flush out your system and minimize fluid retention and bloat. Believe it or not, after a night of sushi and soy sauce (loaded with salt) your butt will bloat! The goal is perky cherries, not swollen cherries! Water, Water, Water!
Alright, time to slip on that bikini and show off that butt at the
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