Published: 08/20/2018 - Updated: 02/14/2019
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Do you feel like your legs are really thin? Are you lanky? Do you feel like your hips aren’t nearly as flashy as you would like them to be? Do your body lack the voluptuousness that you would like? Well, don’t worry. Just as diets and endless advice exists for losing weight, so do diets and advice for giving you volume, and to help you like and be comfortable with your body.
In this article we will provide you with some tips that can help give volume and shape to your figure.
Types of thinness
Thinness can be dues to several factors: insufficient food intake, stress, depression, genetics, illness, etc. It is much easier to address your body condition if you are thin because of dietary insufficiencies (anemia), stress, or depression, than if you are thin due to genetics or illness. If you are thin because of an illness, you can follow our advice, but always consult your primary care physician, especially if you are prone to having allergies to certain foods. If you are thin because of hereditary reasons, you can help yourself naturally by following this advice.
You must keep in mind that gaining weight doesn’t mean eating more, but eating better. If you eat a lot, but the food is not nutritional, you will then gain weight in the stomach and waist. You will also be malnourished, in a bad mood (because you will be lacking nutrients), and your hair, skin, and nails will be the first to show this.
The secret to gaining weight
The secret to gaining weight, if you are thin from incorrect food consumption, lies in consuming more calories, but without increasing the amount of foods you eat. Generally, thing people tend to have very little appetite, and since they quickly feel satiated, it is difficult to introduce new foods in their diet. So you will need to include the following nutritional supplements and food so that you consume more calories on a diet with the same amount of food. Your breakfast cannot go without these foods. You can make a smoothie out of them with fruit and soy milk, or add them to yogurt or some type of grain. You should try to never skip breakfast, especially if you’re underweight. Breakfast is absolutely necessary because your stomach spent the entire night without food, and if you are generally thin, your body will undoubtedly begin to burn calories without having anything in your stomach.
List of breakfast foods
- Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts
- Yeast tablets or powder (you can add this to orange juice)
- Soy lecithin
- A fruit, preferably citrus or acidic (orange, plum, lemon, etc.)
List of foods for meals
You must try to eat one dish that contains a lot of protein and essential oils like:
- Fatty fish, tuna, salmon, etc.
- Fresh produce, either juiced or in a salad
- Lots of sprouts
- Foods enriched with vitamins and minerals (like soy beverages, etc.)
List of snack foods
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Try to eat dinner two hours before going to bed. This will improve digestion, and you’ll sleep more soundly at night.
- Cheeses: from soy (tofu), goat, or cottage cheese, which are very healthy and rich in proteins
- Whole-grain breads
- Oily foods
- Dried fruit
- Honey, raw sugar
Another important factor to keep in mind is stress, which impedes proper nutrient assimilation. If you are not calm, relaxed, and learn to trust more in life and what happens, your metabolism will always be burning a lot of calories, from constantly being on the “defense”. The best thing for stress is to observe yourself and try to boost your confidence and peace throughout the day. Avoid being rushed or anxious. We recommend the following teas, which will help you relax:
- Orange blossom, chamomile, fenugreek, and passion flower.
Avoid sweetening your teas with white sugar, which is very harmful and alters your nervous system. It de-harmonizes your nerves, among other things. It is best to drink them without sweetener, but if you don’t like them that way, then try them with a bit of honey or orange blossom.
Don’t think exercise is only for those who want to lose weight. Exercising is an excellent way of not only increasing your appetite, but also for revitalizing all your systems, strengthening muscles, distributing nutrients, and better absorbing nutrients. It also helps raise your spirits, because exercise releases tensions, bad moods, and even depression! The hardest part, just like everything, is getting started. As soon as you start, you won’t even want to stop. If you don’t like routines, chose any other activity that you enjoy, like swimming, dancing, or running.
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Increase volume in the hips, glutes, and legs
In increase volume in the back side of your body, the best thing to do is to work out with weights. If you have never lifted weights, you will need a good instructor to guide you. If you don’t like this idea, you could try cycling or taking the stairs two at a time, or even belly-dancing! This is a perfect practice to give you form and volume in your hips, and to reduce your waits. It also strengthens your legs and glutes.
A good tip for increasing your glutes, which is easy to practice, is to contract them when you’re sitting (with your spine straight). Hold the contraction for a few seconds, and then relax. Perform repetitions and you will see how they begin to firm up and take shape.
Accentuate your natural figure
Remember, your own appreciation for your body and your figure is absolutely necessary to radiate charisma and security: learn to accept your body and to love it by providing it with foods that are always nutritious. Avoid eating things that “harm” your body, and feel comfortable in your own skin.
If your body is naturally thin, don’t try to be overly voluptuous. You would be condemning it by constantly rejecting it, which will reflect in your personality, even if you don’t notice it. Try to focus more on your body having harmony, healthy, and strength. You will notice that this attracts attention wherever you go.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 02/14/2019
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