Get bigger breasts and a butt
IT'S the desire of many women to have voluptuous butts and perky boobs without having to deal with an expanded mid-section in the process. And perhaps capitalising on these desires, manufacturers have never been short on products that promise to make these a reality.
However, consultant general, laparoscopic and obesity surgeon Dr Alfred Dawes said that there is not much women can do to naturally increase their cup size and fairly little options exists to get large buttocks.
"Your breast size is usually genetic and then there are hormonal influences like pregnancy and depending on your age when you really hit puberty and how much weight you put on. For some people, their bust size usually increase when they put on weight, but then it is not just distributed in that area, it is all over. So unless you are willing to accept some belly and some buttocks with it, there is nothing much that you can do really to localise it to one area," he said.
He pointed out that the breast tissue is fixed from birth and then develops in size as the fat content increases over time.
"Exercises may tend to build the pectoralis muscles which underlies the breast and it may give it a little bit more support, but it does not improve or increase the cup size itself," the doctor pointed out.
One of the ways women have often sought to increase their breast size is to take high-dose contraceptive pills. But although this generally works, Dr Dawes warns against any attempt to increase breast size through hormonal manipulation.
"When we used to take the high-dose contraceptive pills, there used to be a risk for breast cancer, because in order for the breast cells to divide and grow, it depends on oestrogen, which is why women's breasts get engorged around the time of the menses because of the high levels of the circulated hormones. Now if you continue to have a lot of stimulation, meaning that the cells are dividing constantly and you don't get a break like when you do during mid-cycle, then the chances of a genetic accident happening when the cells are dividing increase and hence your risk of breast cancer will increase," he said.
"There are some creams that they claim boost the hormone levels and increase the amount of breast tissue that is there, but anything that is really causing growth of the breast tissue through hormones and so on, if it really does work, it would put you at increased risk for breast cancer," the doctor warned.
So barring the use of creams and pills and getting breast implants, here are some of the ways you can give the appearance of having bigger boobs.
1. Select the right bra.
Invest in a bra with a wide back and underwire that will help to pull your breasts up and give your boobs some support.
2. Gain weight
Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, so if you want to go up a cup size, then gaining some weight is a good way to do so. However, please note that women tend to carry weight differently, and you will still need to eat a healthy diet although you are aiming to increase the pounds.
3. Embrace your period.
The effect won't be permanent, but women generally tend to see improvement in their breasts in the week leading up to and during their period.
4. Eat more plant oestrogen.
Consuming phytoestrogens or plant oestrogen which are present in dried beans, whole grains, soy and certain vegetables is a good way to increase breast size, however, the effect is not usually immediate.
Although there are not many fast, permanent and natural ways to increase the breast size, those desirous of having a more pronounced derriere are in a bit more luck. One of those avenues that have been tried and proven is to exercise more.
"Exercises for the butt works because the largest muscle in your body is your gluteus maximus and if you build that, then it helps to give you the contour, plus the bulk of the muscle itself would actually increase your butt size," Dr Dawes said.
"When I was in Brazil, a lot of women, they just went to the gym and all they concentrated on was just doing squats the whole time and they really developed that stereotypical Brazilian butt as they call it," he explained.
You can try doing lunges, squats, climbing the stairs or doing martial arts at least 20 minutes each day to see results. There are DVDS for sale that teach you how to do these exercises, or you can search videos of them on YouTube to see demonstrations.
The secret to a larger butt can also be found in your wardrobe. You can do the following to create the perfect illusion.
1. Wear jeans that stretch and have pockets that accentuate your booty.
2. Wear stilettos that will help to change the curve of your spine and cause your bottom to protrude more.
3. Wear a medium to large width belt that will help to cinch your waist so that your butt is emphasised.