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Look 10 Pounds Thinner With Good Posture

3 Simple Steps to Look 10 Pounds Lighter

Good posture not only makes you look confident, but it can also help you look up to 10 pounds thinner. No matter how toned those abs might be, slouching curves the spine forward, creating rolls on the belly. It can also make you appear inches shorter than you truly are. From my time in the Pilates studio, I can tell you the majority of my clients tuck the pelvis under and let the ribs fall behind their center, allowing the shoulders to round forward. This makes a giant C-curve out of the spine. And this is definitely not good posture.

The solution to the droopy spine and tucked pelvis is pretty simple:

  1. Stick out your booty: You need to correct the pelvis before you can affect the rest of the torso. To untuck your pelvis, you need the pubic bone and the two bones at the top of the pelvis (known as ASIS) to form a triangle perpendicular to the ground. To find your ASIS, put your hands on your hips.
  2. Move ribs forward: Once the pelvis is aligned straight up and down, you need to place the ribcage on top of it. I like to think of the pelvis and the ribcage as the building blocks of the torso. Moving your ribcage forward over your pelvis, rather than having it hang back, lengthens the front of your torso, which naturally helps to pull in the abs. Think of the ribcage moving up and forward. With the ribs and pelvis in alignment, pulling the deep abs to the spine — without squeezing your butt or rounding the spine — will help maintain this neutral position of the back.
  3. Open your chest: Slouching allows the shoulders to roll forward and inward, closing down the chest. Simply think of expanding your shoulders wide to the sides. Your breast bone (aka sternum) is technically part of your ribcage, so continue the process by moving that forward-and-up feeling in your chest, too.

This postural tip works whether you're sporting a bikini or a one-piece, wearing a halter dress or short shorts. Not only will you look good, but your spine will appreciate your good posture too.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Mark Popovich
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abbymeatsix abbymeatsix 6 years
sounds easy but its definitely difficult to keep it that way!
FireFly44 FireFly44 7 years
I thought the same thing Glowing Moon. In dance classes they always stressed tucking in the pelvis, especially for hip-action heavy latin dances, as it is the natural way to stand/keep your spine in line. I naturally stand with my booty out I guess bc I was always being told to keep my spine in line by tucking in my pelvis!
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
This is so true - I was a tall kid who peaked at 5'2" at age 12...I had the round-shouldered slouch from the tall years well into my teens though. When I started standing up straight it made a world of difference! Years ago someone told me to imagine a string pulling at the top of my head, and that's worked for me.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
One posture tip I learned in horse-back riding lessons when I was a kid, shrug your shoulders up as far as you can, then back as far as you can, then down. Just moving your shoulders that way straightens out your whole back. The hard part is keeping them that way!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
BTW, tucking the pelvis engages the core. If a person is lean enough, it makes for sculpted abs (and lower back muscles) to show. Very flattering. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Hmmm, I'm confused by the first tip. It seems to contradict itself. The description speaks to tucking the pelvis, NOT untucking it, as it says. Incidentally, I thought tucking the pelvis is a good thing, and it PULLS IN the booty, not let it stick out. That's good posture, and it guards the lower back. That's what I've been taught in dance classes. Also, tucking the pelvis is the right pelvic positions for most dance moves. I understand the rest of the tips. Incidentally, these tips align with what I've been taught from dance classes.
janetmouse janetmouse 7 years
LOL...those are great tips to fake it!!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm so bad about keeping my pelvis tucked in. I know it makes my abs look pudgier, but I've been doing it so long that it's difficult to change. I'm going to make a conscious effort to improve my posture so all my hard work can be shown off.
zeze zeze 7 years
I have okay posture, but standing the way this article suggests seems weird, I would feel like I was sticking my boobs out and butt. Because my posture is mostly straight ever since high school (or since puberty hit) I've always had people ask me why I walk with my chest sticking pushing to this extent might just look silly in my case.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
I hate my posture.... I'm great if I'm thinking about it, but as soon as my mind wanders, I start to slouch again :(
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