10 ways to stop muffin tops

I got a comment from a blog reader today about the muffin top article.  If you haven’t read it, take a moment to do so.  The reader that commented on it has recently had some muffin top issues even though she falls on the “skinny” side of things.  She is a direct example of the different sizes of people that can be affected by the muffin top.  After reading her comment, I was inspired to write an article on how to disguise or get rid of the muffin top.  Check it out.

10 Ways to Stop Muffin Tops

1.  Exercise-The best way to get rid of that unsightly muffin top is by exercising so that you can fit smoothly into those jeans, skirts, shorts, etc.  Extra cushion around your waist is also quite unhealthy and can lead to diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.  I want all of us fellow Clueless Fashionistas to be healthy as well as fabulous so get those waist lines down!  Believe me, I speak from experience.  I’m currently taking kick boxing and jogging to get my waist line down as well as improving my eating habits.  It’s a lifestyle change.

2.  Larger pants-Once you realize that you’ve managed to acquire a muffin top, go up a size in your bottoms.  Don’t be ashamed or afraid.  You will look much better wearing a larger size than trying to squeeze in the size that you used to fit.

3.  Longer shirts-While you are out buying those larger pants, purchase some longer shirts as well.  Shirts that go past your waist are great ways to smooth out your silhouette.

4.  Looser shirts-Tight fitting shirts enhance and even create muffin tops.  Look for looser tops that don’t hug your belly and waist and the muffin top will be camouflaged.

5.  No belts-Believe it or not, belts can also create muffin tops.  Whenever possible go without a belt and your muffin top situation will be greatly reduced.  If you can’t go completely belt-less, put it on loosely so that it doesn’t cinch your waist.

6.  Jackets-If you find you have a muffin top situation and you don’t have the time to run to the store and buy some new jeans or a longer shirt, throw on a jacket.  It will immediately cover up your muffin top and add a different dimension to your outfit.  This isn’t as practical during the summer months but as we approach the fall and winter seasons, it’s a viable way to hide that muffin top.

7.  Dresses-No one ever has a muffin top in a dress.  This is a surefire way to disguise the muffin top.  Besides, a cute dress is an easy way to get dressed and look great in no time.  If you don’t have any dresses, go out and buy some.  I’m not a big dress person either but it has been my goal to find cute dresses so I recommend it to everyone.

8.  Elastic waist-Shorts, pants and skirts with elastic waists will also cut down on the muffin top action.  I know you may be wrinkling up your nose at this suggestion but give it a try.  There are bottoms that come with elastic waists that you can wear without looking like you’re going to a retirement home.  Yoga pants are one great example.  I was watching an episode of Oprah a while back and it was about improving on the casual dress of several ladies.  One of the ladies was put in yoga pants and they were a great comfortable option that can easily be dressed up or down while keeping you looking polished.  Don’t balk at the elastic waisted bottoms, especially if you are a muffin top victim.  Check it out.  Give it a try.

9.  Layering-I’m talking about layering shirts.  It’s been a popular trend for a while now and it’s a great way to disguise a muffin top.  Keep it basic though.  The easiest way to layer in the summer months is with a longer tank top underneath a t-shirt.  It’s a great way to add a nice pop of color to a casual outfit while covering up a muffin top.  Once it gets cooler, you can layer a sweater over a button up shirt or layer with a twin set.

10.  High waisted bottoms or ruching-I combined these two because high waisted bottoms aren’t for everyone.  It can be a very cute look but PLEASE be honest with yourself when you attempt this trend.  When you put on high waisted pants, skirts or shorts, take a long look in the mirror.  If you look weird or jacked up in any way, slowly remove the bottoms and take them out of the dressing room.  If in doubt, leave them there and come back with your most honest friend for a critique.  Ruching is something that has become popular recently.  It’s most prevalent in shirts but you can find ruching in dresses and swimsuits (oh yeah!) as well.  This is another great way to camouflage that muffin top.  Here are some pictures of ruched shirts.

I hope these tips can help you muffin top sufferers to work through that issue.  I still stand 100% by the first tip of exercise.  This is the best way to completely get rid of that dreaded muffin top and maintain good health.  Healthy fashionistas always have a glow.  Glowing is most definitely fabulous!

Oh and I got the full length mirror.  It was $5 at Target so there is no excuse for you to not have one in your room asap.  As soon as I get my camera fixed, I will post that picture.

Stay fabulous!  It’s a mind set, embrace it.

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32 thoughts on “10 ways to stop muffin tops

  1. Unfortunately so. Though on the other hand, being ‘pleasantly plump’ sometimes isn’t all that bad. ;)

  2. Buying a size up makes so much sense but a few of my friends don’t by clothes they like if they have to buy a size up! It’s insane, they’d rather try and squeeze into a smaller size just to be able to say they are wearing a smaller size even though no one asks what size they are wearing.
    .-= ciasta´s last blog ..Celia Maxi Dress – Red =-.

  3. Some great tips, thanks.

    Personally I found that putting colored stickers around the house and holding my belly in for 30 seconds each time I saw one helped me get muscle control back and reduce my muffin top.

  4. OMG! I too am a “muffin top” sufferer. After working from home for many years i find myself in an office environment andthe consequences are horrible. Truly though, if your tucking then there is no good solution besides the obvious. No belts only work if you still have a waiste :(
    .-= Zoran´s last blog ..Least Expensive GoPhone =-.

  5. Ummm…excuse me, but I have to disagree on the elastic waist point. Elastic waists (in my humble opinion) make muffin top even worse by cutting in. Even my husband insists on non-elastic shorts…says the elastic accentuates his love handles. Just saying!
    .-= ciasta´s last blog ..Kids High Heels =-.

  6. The thing about elastic is that when it’s too small, it’s just as negative as when non-elastic is too small. Elastic only works when it’s the right size or maybe a size larger so that it can properly accommodate those love handles.

  7. That’s a great way to incorporate crunches into your daily routine!

  8. It sounds like you may want to start buying your pants a size larger. This way when you have to tuck and wear a belt, your muffin top will be safely tucked into your pants and not be so obvious.

  9. It’s unfortunate but many women (and some men) fall victim to the size trap. Honestly, when you’re buying clothes, it’s not the size that matters but the fit.

  10. I have never heard the term muffin top before but one look at the picture and how priceless now you need to come up with a name for people that where skin tight (unintentionally) sweats

  11. Covering a muffin top with big shirts and cute dresses are great measures – much better than letting it all hang out! These tips, as you said, should be temporary measures. They don’t replace getting to the root of the m-top problem.

    All of us who have excess weight anywhere need to start and stick to a good fitness program and diet that works for us. We need to get out and do some walking, running, swimming, or some other aerobic exercise to burn up the fat. Also add some ab or other toning exercises to get those muscles in shape. If you add an effective diet, your muffin top will be gone before you can hit the stores for the next season.

  12. LOL. I think people wearing skin tight sweats is a simple fashion “don’t”. Not only is it unflattering but it looks odd. Aren’t sweats supposed to be comfortable?

  13. I agree but when people look good, they are more likely to want to make those changes to look better in their clothes. If they always feel like they look bad or wear ill fitting garments, they may not be inspired to make those long term dietary changes. Baby steps!

  14. Losing that muffin top is always best (it’s been a struggle for me for years)…so when I want to totally hide my muffin top, I apply a little piece of TapeShaper over my lower tummy, and like magic it’s flat! And comfortable too. Anyway, just wanted to share my trade secret with your readers.

  15. Wow! Thanks for the great tip. I agree that losing the muffin top is the best way to go but sometimes you want a quick fix and this sounds like a much safer route than to try a crash diet (which never works, by the way). I’ve never heard of TapeShaper. I’ll have to look into it.

  16. I recently lost over 60lbs and went from size 42 waist to a 34. Exercise was a huge factor, but I would have to say what we eat and when is a more crucial factor. I try to eat 5-6 smaller protein-rich meals with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, I eat my biggest meal of the day in the morning and taper off with subsequent ones throughout the day. This helps get the metabolism going and keeps the appetite under control. Obese people often eat less than I do, except they skip breakfast, chug sugary sodas all day, snack on greasy carb-laden junk food and then gorge before dinner and up until bedtime. By doing that, you are essentially telling your body to store fats and metabolize foods at a slower rate.

  17. Getting six pack abdominals isn’t about performing a ton of fundamental crunches every day. It is not about buying the most expensive gear you see on TV or some kind of magic pill which will do it for you personally.

  18. Consume 5-6 small meals a day. By eating small meals about every 3 several hours your abdomen fat will shrink producing it much simpler to determine your ab muscles. Just make sure they consist of healthy, natural foods like lean meats, fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts. You can have about 3 cheat meals each week as long as you remain loyal for your consuming routines.

  19. Great tips CF! I’d also add another: Diet! What you eat is such a big factor, so if you don’t want those muffin tops… stay away from those double chocolate-chip muffins (awwww)

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