How to Fatten the Hips, Thighs & Butt

Getting rid of unwanted weight in the lower body is a challenging task for pear-shaped women. However, there are benefits to being pear-shaped. According to the International Journal of Obesity, people with added weight in the hips, thighs and butt actually have an extra line of defense against diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related conditions. Now that you know the benefits of being bottom heavy, learn how to develop lower body muscles to have a more voluptuous bottom half.

Ride a Bike

  1. Ride a regular bike or an exercise bike at a speed of 15 miles per hour. Keep your legs moving continuously, so that you constantly engage the muscles in the legs. Do this for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Adjust the resistance on the regular bike or exercise bike so that it challenges the muscles in the lower body. If your regular bike does not have resistance levels, find a bike route or bike trail that has a variety of inclines and steep hills.
  3. Create an even more challenging workout by adding lightweight ankle weights towards the last 5 minutes of the workout. This will provide added resistance and further develop the lower body muscles.
  4. Cool down for 5 minutes after you complete this workout by riding the bike at a slow pace of 5 miles per hour. Thoroughly stretch your legs, buttocks and hamstrings for another 5 minutes after the workout. Complete this entire exercise routine three to four times a week.

Lower Body Sculpting

  1. Stand with your legs hip-width apart. Hold a 5-pound dumbbell on your right outer thigh.
  2. Stand straight and maintain your balance. With weight concentrated on the left side of the body, and the right leg slightly bent, move the right outer thigh outward, to the side of the body, about 12 to 15 inches. Once the leg reaches this position, hold for one second and take it back to starting position slowly, being careful to maintain your balance.
  3. Lift the right leg again and return to starting position. Complete 12 to 15 repetitions. Repeat this exercise on your left leg, completing 12 to 15 repetitions. Perform two sets of this exercise on each leg, for four complete sets. Do this exercise three to four times a week. If you have trouble maintaining your balance, grab a chair and place the opposing arm on the top of the chair for balance. Always keep your back straight and abdominal muscles pulled in tight.

Stair Climber

  1. Set the resistance level on the stair climber so that it provides your lower body with a challenging workout. The object of the stair climber is to sculpt your hips, thighs and butt by using a high resistance level. By continuously engaging these muscles, you will help to build these muscles so they become firmer and more developed.
  2. Work out on the stair climber for 20 minutes at a pace of one full step within three seconds. The slower movement provides added resistance and makes the muscles in the hip, thigh and butt area work harder.
  3. Stretch the muscles in the legs, thighs and butt for five minutes after your 20-minute step workout. This helps to prevent soreness the next day. Perform this exercise routine five days a week.

Gluten Allergy Food List

Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Many people choose a gluten-free lifestyle to avoid refined flour, which has almost no nutritional value but is calorie-laden. Some people avoid gluten because they suffer from celiac disease (the medical term for gluten intolerance), which can cause digestive discomfort in the form of gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating.

Effects of Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is an autoimmune disease rather than an allergy. In severe cases of celiac disease, gluten attacks parts of the small intestine where nutrients from food are absorbed. Malnutrition is the most obvious side effect, followed by anemia, osteoporosis, stunted growth (in children) and depression. If you think you may have gluten intolerance or symptoms of celiac disease, seek the advice of a doctor as soon as possible to be tested. Your physician may suggest that you meet with a dietitian.

Gluten-Free Carbohydrates

A gluten-free diet does not mean you can have no carbohydrates. You can enjoy quinoa, rice, corn and flours made from these grains. Many gluten-free breads are available. Beans are a satisfying combination of carbohydrate and protein. Rice and beans are a nutritious and safe food choice.

Meat

Meat is naturally free of gluten. Be aware, though, that breaded meats contain gluten (unless you prepare them yourself, using gluten-free flour). Meatballs almost always have breadcrumbs mixed in, and many meat replacement products (designed for vegetarians) also contain gluten. Packaged and prepared meat products that may contain gluten are hamburger patties, hot dogs, cold cuts and canned chili.

Dairy Foods

Except for malted drinks, gluten does not naturally exist in milk products. However, there may be gluten in prepared dairy foods like cheeses, flavored yogurts, whipped cream and some nondairy creamers.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh and unprocessed frozen fruits and vegetables contain no gluten. Avoid canned fruit, creamed vegetables and prepared sauces for vegetables unless you can make sure that there is no gluten in the syrup or sauce.

Foods to Avoid

Packaged and processed foods often contain gluten. If avoiding them altogether sounds too difficult, read labels to look for the word “flour” on such foods as instant flavored rice, egg substitutes, flavored potato chips and chocolate. Barley contains gluten, as do matzoh and semolina flour. Beer and some other alcoholic beverages contain gluten.

Call restaurants before eating out to ask about gluten-free dishes.