My patients are often fixated on their weight, assuming that this is the ultimate way to measure attractiveness and health. But I like to get them thinking about another way to measure their health – I call it the Curve Ratio. We all recognize the attractiveness of an hourglass shape – but it signals much more than just beauty. Studies show that good hormonal and metabolic balance is best demonstrated with a healthy waist-to-hip ratio.
Read on to determine how to measure your Curve Ratio and how to improve or maintain it!
The ideal Curve Ratio for women is a waistline that is 70-80% the circumference of their hips. To measure yours simply grab a measuring tape and measure the smallest circumference of your natural waist, or one inch above you navel, whichever seems more accurate. Then measure your hip circumference at the widest part. Simply divide the waist by the hip measurement.
If you are somewhere between .70 and .80 (70-80%), that is ideal. For women a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.85, this is the unhealthy zone… but don’t despair, we have a plan for you!
The key to success is reducing sugars and simple “white” carbohydrates in order to lower you insulin resistance – in other words, helping your body reduce the highs and lows of the sugar/carb effect.
Start your day with foods that boost your metabolism. My best tip for doing this is replacing carbs first thing in the morning, with plant proteins. Protein from plants is generally full of phytoestrogens, those magic molecules that have many positive effects, including lowering insulin resistance! Think of them as carb burners…and the morning is the best time to put them into action!
Even brisk walking counts; consider focusing on a discipline to improve your Curve Ratio such as Pilates or core-focused yoga. Even better, improve your body and your mind with meditation in concert with your core focused exercise. Mindfulness can improve brain function as well as help with better sleep quality (consider a Jon Kabat-Zinn CD).
Now that you have the Curve Ratio down, let’s focus on another reflection of beauty and wellness – the beautiful, soft curves of the face. As we age, not only does the waistline tend to expand, the skin of the body and especially the face changes in quality due in large part to the waning effects of estrogen. For the face, those soft curves can begin to lose the glow and lose firmness. Just as your body thrives when you treat it to phytoestrogen-rich foods, so does your skin with the phytoestrogens in VENeffect.
Our mission is to educate women about the beauty of their hormones and provide solutions for them to live better in this knowledge. That starts with health from the inside-out.
The recommendations here that will enhance the waist will also enhance your skin. To boost those effects in your skin care routine, VENeffect provides “skin inspiration” to boost collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production – that dewy substance that gives us the glow. For the ultimate effect, start with VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum just after cleansing and layer our Intensive Moisturizer over the serum, day-and-night.
This Luminosity Duo is so effective we have made it into a set, with our gift of a silver cosmetic bag you will love.