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Jun 13, 2011


picture of a beautiful body for women showing the hourglass shape
More and more women want to have a curvy and hourglass shaped body like Jessica Alba or Nigella Lawson. Is there a way to measure a beautiful body for women? A well-defined and beautiful body for women can be attained by losing weight correctly.
Sophia Loren body
The Stunning Hour Glass Shape
A big reason for not being able to sustain weight loss is because it is the wrong prescription for the problem. What everyone is looking for is a well-defined body shape. Unfortunately we are brought up in a society that worships the weight scales. In Part 1, we discussed on why the weight scales and the BMI scales are not able to define a beautiful body for women.
We have always advocated fat loss instead of just weight loss. Losing fat while holding on to your muscles is Correct Weight Loss!
So what should a well-defined and beautiful body for women really look like. Ultimately, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. It used to be difficult to verbalize and measure a beautiful body for women but modern science has now made this possible.

Assessing a Beautiful Body for Women

The hourglass shape is the ultimate that a woman can achieve from her weight loss efforts. But as you may have noticed, the hourglass is an approximation of what should be aimed for. If the waist is too narrow in proportion to the hips, the attractiveness factor reduces. The waist size has to be just right.
The waist to hip ratio has been found by some researchers as a very good indicator of physical attractiveness for women. The waist to hip ratio or WHR is defined as the ratio of the waist circumference at the narrowest point to the hip circumference at the widest point.
waist to hip ratio
The concept and significance of the waist to hip ratio as an indicator of attractiveness was first theorized by Dr.Devendra Singh at the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. For those looking for more information, read the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology “Adaptive significance of female physical attractiveness: Role of waist-to-hip ratio.

Women With Shapely Bodies Have a Waist to Hip Ratio Close to 0.7

Venus de Milo
Venus de Milo has a WHR of 0.7
Some researchers have found that the waist to hip ratio (WHR) is a significant measure of female attractiveness. Women with a waist to hip ratio of 0.7 are usually rated as more attractive by men from European cultures.Such diverse beauty icons as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek and even the Venus de Milo all have or had ratios close to 0.7, even though they all have different weights and heights.
The 0.7 waist to hip ratio apparently holds through even in different cultures. One thing to remember is that the measurement should be of the circumference and not a linear measurement from a photograph.
Women can use this as a benchmark for their weight loss efforts. They may not want to move to the ideal 0.7 but it gives a target to hit.  Some women may be happy with a waist to hip ratio of 0.8 while others may gun for the ultimate 0.7. Either way, the waist to hip ratio gives a fast and fairly accurate assessment of a beautiful body for women.
Do note that dieters will find it very difficult to hit a waist to hip ratio of 0.7. A combination of exercise and proper nutrition is the ultimate sculpting tools for a curvy and sexy body.

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