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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (48,048)
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7/27/13 2:04 P

It's because of proportions. The size of your body -- the amount of space it occupies -- 38-28-38 -- is large when considered in respect to your height. Imagine someone only 2 feet tall having a body that size: that person would be extremely wide for their height. Then imagine someone 10 feet tall having those same measurements: they would be very narrow in relation to their height.

Us shorter folks need to be smaller to achieve the proportions considered ideal by most of society. If you want great proportions, you'll have to get significantly smaller. (I am 5' 2" by the way and will always have the same issue. My torso is a little shorter than average -- but my legs are VERY short. So to achieve the ideal visual proportions, my torso has to be leaner than average -- which it will probably never be.)

It's really all about the mathematics of proportions.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 7/27/2013 (14:05)
FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (24,609)
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7/27/13 2:00 P

Dropcone - well said...

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7/27/13 1:55 P

A lot of it might be your clothes. I have a hard time finding clothes that fit well. I have a very short waist which means very little space between the top of my hips and the start of my rib cage. Even when I'm slim (which is not right now) a bad bra matched with the wrong shirt and jeans with a badly placed waistline can make me look like a potato. A friend of mine has a long torso but rather short legs. She has different issues than I do with achieving a more fashionable look. So take a look at your particular proportions and dress accordingly. Also, find someone to tailor your clothes. Do this at least for nicer clothes or your professional clothes. It will make a huge difference in how you look!

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7/27/13 1:30 P

I am also 5 foot even. I am heavier than you (but I also have a good bit of muscle mass) but still working to reduce the body fat percentage. My measurements are similar to yours, except that my bust and waist is larger and my hips are smaller. My bust size won't decrease unless I get a reduction. Based on your weight and measurements, I don't think that you'd look fat. Water weight could be an issue, depending on the time of month, amount of sodium you've consumed, and if you've just started working out. I think that we tend to look heavier because weight gain shows up quicker.

At least you don't end up looking like you're pregnant because your bust is in the way and you have to get a size larger (Large instead of medium or a medium instead of a small). The tops end up covering up your waistline and hides what little curves you do have.

Edited by: FIELDWORKING at: 7/27/2013 (13:32)
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7/27/13 9:53 A

I agree with kwood1955...��..all not so tall gals look beautiful too.

KWOOD1955 SparkPoints: (31,051)
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7/27/13 9:30 A

Yes, yoga can definitely be strength training. And it can also be stretching. Depends on the variety and your intensity. Hot, power yoga is strength training and cardio. So, depends.

I'm 5 feet and while we may (emphasize may) look heavier, we are still very, very beautiful!!!



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7/26/13 9:59 P

I agree that all have different results even when it comes to Yoga exercises.I do Yoga by Swami Ramdev n it helped me immensely n even cured a microscopic hole in my retina.I used to do various asanas and breathing exercises and I m now the biggest fan of Ancient Indian form of Yoga.

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7/26/13 9:50 P

I agree with Kathy's explanation. Even at similar BMI levels (instead of just weight), us short girls sometimes look a bit more stocky.

LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
7/26/13 8:49 P

If done properly, yoga can work as a sort of strength training. The leanest I ever was (with crazy muscles and everything) was when I did yoga every day.

It depends a lot on who teaches you. I was in classes that were very anti-American-styled yoga.

KATHY433 Posts: 389
7/26/13 11:17 A

well, basically, the shorter you are, the less "space" your weight has to spread. So if you have an extra two pounds, those aren't as easy to hide. However - its not always a bad thing. It'll be a lot easier for you to rock an hourglass figure than a really tall girl ;). Also, a big part of it is how we dress, especially for us short girls. Remember that most models are tall - so what looks good on their proportions (not just weight!!), often won't flatter us. Try to use shorter women as an orientation point. I find, for example, that where a skirt hits on my leg makes suuuuch a difference in my general appearance and even how tall/heavy I look ;).

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7/26/13 7:51 A

Yoga is not strength training... it's stretching and flexibility. That sounds like an awful lot of time spent on it?

Strength training involves building strength/muscle. In order to do that you must create tears in the muscle fiber, those tears heal and that is where strength and muscle is built. You have to challenge the muscle to the point of fatigue to achieve this. You do this by lifting weight/using resistance that is challenging enough you reach muscle fatigue (you cannot possibly perform another rep) in 6-10 reps for 2-3 sets per exercise. Once you can do 8-10 reps you have to move up in weight so you progressively overload the muscle. This is how you build muscle.

An excellent strength training program for beginners would take about 30 mins, 3x a week of full body, compound (exercises that work more than one muscle group at the same time will make your workout more time efficient) exercises, with 48 hour recovery periods between workouts, this is where muscle will heal and grow. Compound exercises include; deadlifts, squats, lunges, pull ups, push ups, bench press, overhead press, rows, planks, leg lifts, swiss ball crunches.

You will have to eat enough and lose weight slowly but if you manage to do both at the same time; burn fat and build muscle... you should lean out like crazy. Please keep in mind, the heavier you lift (the harder you challenge those muscle) the faster you'll see results. The other great benefit to building more lean muscle is that muscle burns more calories than fat on your body. So you'll increase your metabolism.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/26/2013 (07:56)
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7/26/13 5:51 A

I totally agree

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7/26/13 1:41 A

Thanks a lot...now I wud focus more on strength training n hope i wud get a more toned body..i usually do yoga exercises for 120 minutes everyday and combine it with 1500 calorie diet.I drink lots of water too..8 liters daily.

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7/25/13 11:45 P

We tend to look heavier at the same weight taller people look thin. ;)

I looked super heavy at 5'2 and 165 lbs but if I was 5'11 I'd probably look thin at that weight.

Have you had your body fat percentage tested? Do you strength train? If you have a high body fat percentage at a low weight you will look bigger than you weigh. If you have a lot of lean muscle (from strength training) you'll look thinner because muscle is more dense and takes up less room than fat (your measurements will be smaller). Not that they need to be, you sound very curvy and have a perfect hour glass figure. Most women would kill for that.

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7/25/13 10:21 P

Hi.I am a girl n my height is 5 feet n I weigh 50 kgs.even with 38-28-38 proportion I look fat!!!..what could be the reason.is it due to water weight?

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