A waist circumference above 24 inches doesn’t automatically mean you’re overweight. Women’s body shapes come in different types. Some would have naturally small waists, while others lean on the thicker side. A small waist isn’t the standard.
Besides, you’ll know if you are overweight or obese. The scales and your body mass index (BMI) will tell you that. However, other factors play besides numbers when it comes to your waistline. Simply put, you don’t have to trim down your thick waist if it’s not causing health risks.
But if it’s costing you your self-confidence, you can try some hacks to shrink or disguise your thick waist. There’s no harm in wanting to look your best. But you should also remember that all body shapes are beautiful, small waist or not.
What Causes a Thick Waist
Aside from diet and lifestyle factors, some women are simply born to have thick waists. There are at least five shapes of women’s bodies: rectangle, triangle, spoon, hourglass, and top hourglass.
A rectangle body shape is when your waist measures about the same as your bust and hips. Your shoulders and hips tend to be in the same width as well. As such, this body shape is sometimes called “straight” or “banana.” Even if your waist circumference is small, having this body shape can make it appear wider.
A triangle body shape, more known as “pear-shaped,” can also make your waist look thick. That’s because your shoulders and bust are narrower than your hips, and your waist slopes off to your hips. As a result, your lower body becomes prominent, making your body weight appear heavier than it probably is. However, you can have a fairly defined waistline with this body shape.
A spoon shape is similar to a pear shape, but your waist may be smaller. You may also carry some weight in your thighs and arms.
In hourglass and top hourglass body shapes, the waist is usually narrow. But in the top hourglass, your bust can be slightly wider than your hips, creating an athletic physique. This can affect your waist circumference, too, because narrow hips can make your waist look thick.
Considering all of this, your thick waist may not be a result of excess fat at all. Maybe you’re just built that way, which is beautiful in itself. While you don’t have to like every part of your body, accepting it as a whole will do wonders for your self-esteem. It helps you realize that you’re enough, and your measurements don’t define your beauty.
If your thick waist makes your clothes look unflattering, don’t try to lose weight right away. Again, you may not even need to. Instead, try these styling hacks that make your waist look smaller:
A peplum top or blouse flares from the waist down like a mini-skirt. It makes your hips look wider, thus shrinking your waist. If you have a pear-shaped body, though, peplum tops aren’t the most flattering for you. They’ll emphasize your lower body instead of your waist.
Midi skirts are those with hems that reach below your knees. The high-waist types can make you look taller and your waist smaller. Pair it with a body-fitting blouse, crop top, or sheer top. It’ll draw attention to the hourglass body shape the ensemble creates.
If you’re confident in tight skirts, try high-waist pencil skirts. They’ll accentuate the shape of your hips and outer thighs. Make sure to tuck them into your blouse to show off your waistline.
Cinching a belt around your waist, whether you’re wearing a dress, skirt, or pants, is a great hack, too. Dresses or overalls with drawstring belts are perfect for you, too.
Diet and Weight Loss Hacks
If your thick waist results from bad eating or lifestyle habits, swapping out junk food for whole food will change that fast. Include omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and veggies in your diet. Exercise as often as you can, too.
You can also try “shortcut” procedures if budget permits. An effective laser cryolipolysis treatment can help you. It’s an affordable, safe, and non-invasive alternative to surgical liposuction. As its name suggests, it uses laser energy to change the shape of your body. Unlike exercise, the procedure can target which fats to remove. If you have a pear-shaped body, for example, laser lipo can help reduce fat in your hips, buttocks, and thighs, making your body look more proportional and hourglass-shaped.
You are beautiful no matter the size of your waist. But there’s no shame in wanting to be in a body type you are more comfortable in. Loving yourself is what’s more important.