My mama taught me to suck in my gut. She taught me a lot of things. Mostly about math, engineering, and working hard. Of course she also had those “motherly” tips- the things I remember most vividly as a child. You know which ones I’m talking about. The things only a mother can tell you do….and get away with.
She would tell me that her mother used to contract her abs throughout the day. How it helps strengthen your stomach and back muscles for better posture. “Pull your belly in” advice. Well, she was correct.
According to Daily Mail’s recent article “Why leggings make you fat: Wearing them ’causes lazy muscles and leaves legs and stomach flabby” - your firming gear may have you looking smooth, but only for now.
Physiotherapist Sammy Margo explains: “Leggings feel good and look great and I am as addicted to them as anyone, but there is a downside.
They hold in and support the quadriceps (thigh muscles), buttocks and core muscles in your tummy, and do the job the muscles are supposed to do.
As a result, the muscles are allowed to relax and switch off, so when we reveal our bodies for the first time as summer approaches, they are not as svelte or firm as they otherwise would be.”
Ever found yourself packed into a pair of Spanx under your favorite jeans, only to catch yourself belly’d out? Yea…me too. Going into Summer, my new resolution is to stop hiding my body under shapers and start loving my body for what it is right now.
The buy some better fitting shorts! I’m in love with Torrid’s Plus Size Sophia Bermuda Shorts…