Pippa middleton has a lot to answer for, says Pat Henry, as he gives advice on how to get a pert derriere
The trouble Pippa Middleton has caused with her so-called perfect bottom and legs! It's now the request of a lot of females to give them that curved shape, with some women increasing their time in the gym doing aerobics, Pilates, yoga and spinning.
While this may help a little, genetics play the main part in how pert a posterior is. Just look at Pippa's mother Carole's small frame, small waist and broad shoulders. If your parents are stocky in their build it will be harder for you to reduce your legs and hips, but it's not impossible -- and here's how to do it!
Firstly, is your waist and tummy soft and wide? If so it should be your first priority to reduce this area alone, as this will give you the illusion of more shapely hips.
Just look at the great Hollywood stars, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren. Some were even size 14 and yet with a waist no bigger than 22 inches, their silhouettes were nipped in, giving great shape to their bottoms.
If you have been on a strict diet to lose weight, I am certain your legs and bottom will not all of a sudden be firm, as quick weight loss uses muscle and fat for energy.
If it is a starvation diet you're on, you will have used mainly protein or muscle. And for all your weight loss, there will remain soft tissue and fat -- and you cannot firm up fat.
So the bottom line is not to lose too much weight, too quickly.
The best weight-loss plan is to drop one-and-a-half pounds per week, no more. One-and-a-half pounds is equal to 3,500 calories, which is a little more than 1lb of butter.
Those who have lost a lot of weight may look okay in their clothes but when naked, it's a different story. You'll get away with it for a short time when young but, when older, it shows very quickly.
To avoid this situation and ensure steady weight loss, stay away from junk foods, all white flour products -- white bread, pasta etc -- and, most of all, sugary drinks and packaged juice, in fact anything that causes a sugar rush.
Eat good proteins, fish, eggs, meat, turkey, chicken with low GI vegetables and fruit. Keep it simple, don't complicate your diet, and get organised. Plan your daily food and bring good food to work with you. Give yourself six weeks with no deviation from the plan.
You will easily drop a dress size and almost a stone in weight if you put together a good eating plan with exercise in this time.
In my opinion, the most important thing to remember if you want to have good legs and bottom is to avoid spinning, cross trainers, steppers and heavy weights, and jumping-up-and-down aerobics.
These cause the body to react when put under pressure at high resistance. As a result you'll gain muscle on the hips and tops of thighs and calves -- just to protect the body from the pressure you are putting it under.
Instead, go for shape and tone exercises. Choose a trainer who understands shape and concentrates on giving you firmness and length to your legs, creating an illusion of longer legs.
Pilate's may help but isn't the sole solution to getting that firm look. Most of all don't believe everything you read or see in those fitness DVDs flooding the market, as they are made to look simple to sell.