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It's easier than you think! Momlogic's nutritional counselor shares four tips to enhance the tone of your butt.

Haylie Pomroy: I was recently at a lunch meeting with a group of very amazing women. We were talking about food and how it can be used to shape different parts of the body. One of my favorite questions was asked of me: "Is there anything that can be eaten that will enhance the tone of my butt?"

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The answer is yes!

Many of you already know the basics:

If you find rough terrain back there, eliminate caffeine and increase your water intake. My rule of thumb is ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 160 lbs., you must get a minimum of 80 ounces of water per day. You can also check out my website for hydrating/fat-burning tea recipes! You also want to eliminate artificial sweeteners such as Sweet 'N Low, Equal, and Splenda, as these are fast friends to a lumpy, bumpy butt.

These easy tips make a huge impact for my clientele:

1. Eat fruit immediately before exercise.
Believe it or not, your butt has the largest muscle in the whole body: the gluteus maximus. Fruit provides this large muscle with the fuel to quickly contract and relax and maximize your workout efforts. Citrus is my most favorite, because it is very high in a nutrient called bioflavonoid as well as vitamin C. One orange or grapefruit within half an hour of your workout will make that big muscle snap to. Yes, you need protein to build muscle, but you also need fruit to make it stand at attention.

This large muscle group is also lined with a sometimes very thick layer of fat. The fat on your butt has very poor blood flow. Tips # 2-4 deal with that fun fact.

2. Scrub your butt often, or pay someone else to do it.
Dry skin brushing, loofah, or salt scrubs bring blood flow to the fatty areas of the butt. Take time during every shower to scrub this area pink. I use a poor man's/woman's salt scrub consisting of 50% course ground sea salt and 50% aluminum-free baking soda.

3. Turn your workout pants into hot pants.
Apply a gel or cream to your trouble area that has capsicum in it just prior to workouts. This helps promote blood flow in the fine capillaries going to the fatty part of your butt. Some clients like to wear plastic or neoprene pants, or wrap in plastic wrap just before their run, lunges, or squats. Be prepared for a little fire in your panties with this one, because capsicum is a chili pepper extract. Hot stuff!

4. Consider taking either cinnamon or ginkgo biloba prior to a workout. Check with your doctor first though because these supplements are both blood movers and can be contraindicated in conditions such as high blood pressure.

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
rugbymom July 22, 2009, 4:29 PM

Cool! Information I can actually use and am completely surprised by. I love surprises. :-)

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