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    Getting in Shape & Staying in Shape

    5 Ways Shapewear Helps Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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    You already know that quality shapewear can make you look great, as it discreetly shapes your figure to look like an hourglass. But did you know that certain shapers can contribute to an all-around healthier lifestyle?

    In fact, shapewear encourages a healthy lifestyle and promotes weight loss in five key ways! If you’re trying to eat better and get more active – while ensuring you look great at the same time – be sure to include shapewear in your routine. Here’s why:

    1. Shapewear discourages overeating

    You’ll notice that when you’re wearing a garment that provides firm compression around your midsection, your stomach can’t expand as much. And that means you’ll eat less. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be hungry, but it does mean that you can have a stronger handle on compulsion eating, which is key for healthy weight loss. You’ll be more likely to simply eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re full. This is an essential component to long-term weight loss and lifestyle change.

    2. Shapewear motivates you

    One of the great benefits of compression technology is that it produces noticeable results instantly! If you’re using a midsection shaper, you’ll quickly notice a reduction in inches. Nothing motivates to keep you going like real results.

    3. Shapewear boosts your confidence

    Even if you haven’t met your fitness goals yet, shapewear helps your clothes fit better, so that you look great no matter what your current size is. Feeling positive about your self-image is key to sticking with your lifestyle changes. With the ongoing confidence boost that shapewear provides, you’ll want to stay on track and see your goals to the end.

    4. Shapewear paves the way to permanent change

    If you’re serious about transforming your lifestyle habits, lasting change takes a lot of time and patience. Shapewear helps you enhance whatever progress you’ve made, whether you’ve got one more size you want to drop or four. You might want to be in a size 6 someday, but in the meantime you can still look fabulous in a size 8, size 14 or higher.

    5. Shapewear helps you measure your progress

    Speaking of sizes, did you know that shapewear helps you drop a size or two instantly? So go ahead and buy those smaller size clothes. You’ll enjoy fitting into them more naturally as you progress with your fitness plan. And if you’re wearing your shaper on a regular basis, your weight loss will be even more obvious to you. Those “Wow!” moments are super motivating!

    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

      Shapewear for the Expectant Mom

      Maternity Shaping Options for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy

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      Relieving Discomfort and Looking Fabulous in Through Pregnancy

      Congratulations, mom-to-be! Whether this is your first pregnancy or a later one, you’re undoubtedly full of a range of emotions as you anticipate the growth of your belly and your family.

      One of the fun parts of pregnancy is deciding what you’re going to wear! Just because you’re going to be much rounder in the coming months doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable and sexy, while staying comfortable.

      Before you go on a maternity shopping spree, consider that a huge factor in looking and feeling great during pregnancy is what you’re wearing underneath your maternity outerwear. Maternity shapewear and support garments are designed for maximum comfort and help your growing body look smooth and attractive. They can even do wonders relieving common aches and pains you may experience during the later months.

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      Maternity Bras: Giving the Ladies a Lift

      One of the first things you may notice within days of discovering you’re pregnant is tenderness and swelling in your breasts. Supportive maternity bras are an investment worth making early in the pregnancy because your breasts are only going to get larger and heavier. In fact, they’re a major contributor to back and shoulder pain if you wear the wrong bra.

      Good maternity bras have wide, comfortable straps and full, supportive cups. Whether or not you should use bras with underwires is a personal preference. If your breasts are particularly tender, you may want to do without them.

      TCompression Tops: Supported and Smooth Torso

      Camis can be your best friend when you’re layering your outfits during pregnancy. A quality top provides enough compression to give your bust and your belly a lift and smooth your bump, without sacrificing comfort. If a top is long enough, you may even be able to pull it over your unbuttoned non-maternity pants and provide shaping and support for your hips.

      Compression tops are also a must-have during the postpartum period. They’ll pull in all of the stretched out areas of your belly and provide light abdominal support while you heal and regain your pre-pregnancy shape. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll love wearing compression nursing tops around the clock!

      SSupport Bands and Belts: For Support and Relief

      As your belly grows, you’ll discover just how taxing a tiny baby can be on your body. Stretching ligaments and extra weight can cause a variety of aches and discomforts, including low and middle back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, varicose veins and swelling in your legs.

      Support bands and belts can provide instant relief to some of these common conditions, particularly if you’re on your feet a lot. These garments come in a wide range of designs and strengths. Strong support belts effectively redistribute the weight of your belly to lessen whatever strains you’re experiencing. Some bellybands function fashionably, enabling you to wear your unbuttoned non-maternity pants under them.

      After pregnancy you might also benefit from a postpartum belt or cincher to help you regain a slender shape as your body heals.

      BCompression Bottoms: Additional Support Down Below

      Depending on the season and how much extra support you want, you may benefit from maternity compression panties or stockings. Most provide the same benefits as abdominal bands but go a step further with support around your pelvic area and thighs. Stockings will also provide instant relief for swelling and varicose veins in your lower extremities.

      Like much maternity shapewear, compression bottoms additionally work well in the postpartum period, improving your circulation and providing support as your body regains its shape.

       

       

      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear, Maternity

        Finding the Right Shapewear After Your Cosmetic Surgery

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        Bikini season is around the corner, ladies. If you take the opportunity during the colder months to surgically fix up your midsection or backside, you’re going to need some compression shapewear to help your body heal and look its best.

        Don’t just grab any type of shapewear. You’ll find that many pieces on the market are designed for “stage one” and “stage two” after surgery. You will need both for the duration of your recovery.

        Initially after a cosmetic surgery like a liposuction, tummy tuck or buttocks lift, you’ll experience swelling and drainage, depending on the type of surgery done. During those tender first days post-op, a stage one compression garment will help your body drain the fluids that collect beneath your skin. This is important because it minimizes bruising and the chances of infection. Compression flushing will also reduce swelling as your tissues heal, reducing the amount of pain you feel and leading to a shorter recovery period. Stage one garments are different from stage two because they provide gentle pressure and are sized slightly larger.

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        For stage one, we recommend the First Stage Marena Suit with Suspenders and No Leg by Comfortwear FBA. This comfortable garment provides the gentle compression you’ll need to recover immediately after surgery. It zips on and off easily and has a hook-and-eye closure gusset for bathroom convenience. Constructed from F5 certified (high quality compression) fabric, its durability will last through the duration of your early recovery.

        Once most of your post-op swelling has reduced, you can switch to a stage two compression garment. The stronger compression and tighter fit will contour and shape your body, helping your tissues to adhere properly in their new positions. As scar tissue forms, particularly following a liposuction, ongoing compression will help subcutaneous tunnels stay collapsed – maintaining a smooth contour on the surface of your skin.

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        For stage two, we recommend our best-selling Contour Shaper by Leonisa. This comfortable shaper provides moderate control from under your bust to your hips. Since you’ll be returning to your normal lifestyle during this phase of your recovery, this garment goes on and off easily, is breathable, and provides smoothing and control in all the right places.

        Ask your doctor about any compression specifications you’ll need following your cosmetic procedure. After surgery and using the right shapewear, you’ll feel more confident than ever in your own skin.

         

        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

          The Bombshell Burn: Shape up your workout!

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          Mustering the desire to go to the gym is a workout in itself – too bad it’s not exercise. And you’re not helping your cause by utilizing old summer camp t-shirts. You go to the gym to feel great and look your best, so why not exercise in clothes that look good, feel good, and actually contribute to your effort? Hourglass Angel is your home for hot workout gear that will make you want to exercise just to wear it!

          The Workout Band by Ann Chery is an Hourglass Angel best seller. The workout band offers midsection control instantly via FlexiBoning while also promoting long-term results. The workout band is safe to wear during exercise in order to increase thermal activity in the core. This mobilizes fat cells and stimulates perspiration to whittle inches off your shape.

          The Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa is also an exercise aid that tones the tummy. This adjustable workout band features bio-ceramic material and neoprene construction that reduces stretch marks and visibly minimizes the appearance of cellulite. It detoxifies the skin and increases thermal activity via infrared technology. The Tummy Tightener can help women heal after a c-section, and similarly supports a changing abdomen during weight fluctuation. Delfin also created matching Bio-Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Capris to extend these revolutionary results to the hips, rear, thighs, and legs for a fully effective gym session.

          Proper workout apparel is important to focus on the exercise and prevent discomfort. Just like you need proper athletic shoes to workout you need a quality exercise bra! The Full-Busted Underwire Sports Bra by Panache was designed for the full figured athlete and therefore accommodates a larger bust for maximum bounce reduction. This clinically proven bra has wide non-stretch straps that won’t cut into your shoulders, and moisture wicking fabric so you can comfortably keep going, and going, and going!

          The Roll Down Layering Leggings by Hard Tail Forever are capri length leggings found in yoga studios and workout facilities across the globe. These leggings feature a roll down waist, which may be worn up or down. The close fitting shape hugs the silhouette perfectly, ideal for layering or stand-alone activewear. The soft stretch cotton is a joy for practicing yoga or running, and anything else you do to get healthy.

           

          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

            Taking shapewear to the next step this year!

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            Confidence is a major factor in success, don’t overlook your outlook when you set out to achieve your goals. Whether you’re striving for weight loss or a job promotion, the right shaper can boost your confidence and support you physically.

            The Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper provides maximum control and maximum curves as it slims the midsection, smooths the back, whittles the waist, and may even take you down a clothing size. Your phenomenal silhouette via this double layer waist cincher can do wonders for your attitude, but the real power comes from its rod boning and underbust design. This cincher supports the spine and improves posture while gently lifting the bust so you can take on the day looking tall, shoulders back, and best of all, at ease!

            Step in to the firm control of the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit also by Vedette for a helping hand from top to below the bottom. This all-body shaper lets you look your best by controlling the hips and lower tummy, eliminating love handles, and creating lean legs and thighs. The underbust design supports the chest, but still lets you wear the bra that you feel flaunts you best. Polish up and smoothen out your look to put the very best, toned foot forward.

            Revolutions succeed when you make a commitment and work for it each day with a positive attitude, confidence, and self-assurance. Slip into an Hourglass Angel shaper to go after what you want!

             

            Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

              Hourglass Angel is the stop for a healthy new year!

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              You have a plan to look good in 2014, but what are you doing to feel good? When considering how to slim down, don’t forget to tone up! Hourglass Angel has the tools you need to make this year your healthiest and happiest.

              The Space Dye Toning Resistance Pant by Fila are designed to give your workout a boost. The shaping pants instantly trim the lower abdomen, thighs, and legs via Resistance Poly Lycra compression panels. The idea behind the whole line is that supporting the confidence and comfort of the wearer of a high performance garment encourages activity, leading to an overall healthy lifestyle and body. Wear these toning pants to the gym or as you vacuum or go to the grocery store to get some secret resistance training, tone up your muscle, burn fat, and promote overall health.

              Slip into the Alana Seamless Bio-Crystals Dress by Co’Coon to improve your circulation and overall heart health. The shaping dress works with your body’s chemistry to create incredible results. The unique bio-crystals (built right into the fabric) reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve your circulation, which has a multitude of health and beauty benefits. In addition to tackling cellulite and circulation, the body shaping dress instantly trims your tummy and thighs, smoothes away love handles, and naturally lift your breasts.

              Stress is the primary cause behind health issues and weight gain so start at the root and make time for relaxation. The Summer in Tuscany Organic Soy Candle by Mambino has an aromatic blend of pomegranate, red grapefruit, and wild berries to calm and relax. The candle has a lead-free cotton wick that burns clean for approximately 50 hours. Originally designed for tense pregnant mothers, the Summer in Tuscany Organic Soy Candle was formulated with organic plant oils, herbs, and extracts, and it is paraffin and GMO-free.

              This season don’t just make resolutions to lose weight – revolutionize your lifestyle with help from Hourglass Angel!

               

              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                HourGlass Angel Has Your New Year’s Revolution Arsenal!

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                By far the most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. The hardest resolution to keep is to lose weight, as it is any time during the year. Instead of struggling for results, why not give yourself a hand up? This New Year, start a revolution with HourGlass Angel at your side (and tummy, and thighs…) every step of the way.

                In addition to implementing a balanced diet and exercise routine, reach your goals of a permanently trimmer physique with the Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex by Leonisa, a firm control shaping vest that promotes long-term weight loss. This thermal reducing vest instantly slims the midsection while activating thermal activity in your core in order to promote weight loss and remove toxins from the body. Wear the Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex by Leonisa for three hours per day for one month as you go to work, run errands, and step out for a night on the town, and instantly expedite the results of your slim-down plan.

                The iPant Anti-Cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper by Wacoal also provides midsection control while smoothing from the waist to mid-thigh. It reduces the appearance of muffin tops, bulges, and lumps. This high-waist thigh shaper is made with Novarel Slim microfibers and infused with caffeine microcapsules, vitamin E, Retinol, ceramides, and aloe vera to promote long-term weight loss, visibly reduce cellulite in the thighs and rear, detoxify skin, and mobilize fat cells.

                Stock up your arsenal at HourGlass Angel to achieve your New Year’s Revolution!

                 

                Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                  New Year’s Revolutions

                  12.31.2013

                  While everyone else is struggling with New Year’s Resolutions, this year you’re launching your New Year’s Revolution! The time has come to shake up your status quo and make 2014 unlike any other. Stay tuned to Hourglass Angel to discover how a quality shaper and other aids can help you achieve whatever goals you have set for the new year, and beyond. Who needs a resolution when you can have a revolution?

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                    Your guide to the new you in the new year! Shapewear for everyone!

                    It’s that time of year again when we renew goals for the future while trying not to get too discouraged about resolutions of the past. This year, give yourself a hand up in achieving your goals by pairing firm and comfortable shapewear with your diet and exercise plan for instant results. Hit the ground running this new year and get what you want with confidence inside and out.

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                    Midsection

                    For ultimate, carefree midsection control, invest in the Almighty Cincher or Almighty Vest by AMIA. AMIA midsection shapers instantly deliver the tummy control and back support that you need now and has lasting results. The Almighty Cincher and the Almighty Vest both visibly reduce the waistline by one to three inches, with many users reporting one to four inches of sustained loss after wearing the shaper for 30 days.

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                    Lower Abdomen

                    The lower abdomen is one of the most difficult areas of the body to control and minimize, even with proper exercise and diet. Postpartum mommies and post-surgical patients especially struggle with getting adequate support for this area. Luckily, the Supreme Panty Shaper by AMIA utilizes a Supreme PowerLatex core to instantly smooth and reduce the midsection, while the tri-layer shaping technology lifts the bust and lengthens the spine for an overall longer, leaner appearance. Likewise, the Squeem Compression Panty Shaper has the proper reinforcement to firm and flatten the lower abdomen while promoting long-term weight loss.

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                    Rear

                    The struggle of shapewear is achieving a sleek silhouette without flattening a curvy bum. The Alexandra by Vedette can whittle your waist while celebrating your curves and giving your rear a lift. Don’t hide it – flaunt it! The Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima is the ultimate rear shaper if you don’t want shaping control throughout the entire midsection. This lightweight rear shaper comes up just above the navel for lower abdomen support with its thermal tummy control panel, but the real treat comes from its open-back design that lifts and rounds out the derriere.

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                    Thighs

                    Thigh shapers are wonderful in that they typically shape the lower abdomen, hips, rear, and thighs all at once. If you’re looking to slim down your thighs without sacrificing your sexy shape, try The Catwalk Firm Control High-Waist Long Leg by Body Wrap. This ultra lightweight thigh shaper provides excellent control while remaining breathable all day. The Slimming Thigh Shaper by Lytess is also an excellent choice, especially if you don’t need the full coverage of the long leg, high rise Catwalk Firm Control shaper. The Slimming Thigh Shaper offers hip reduction up to 5.5 cm and thigh reduction up to 3.1 cm via caffeine micro-capsules that mobilize and reduce fat in problem areas.

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                    Legs

                    Nothing completes an outfit like a great set of shapely legs and a confident strut. The High Waist Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu trims and tones while increasing calorie burn as you go about your regular day, as it incorporates the principles of resistance training with special bands woven directly into the tights. For less coverage with the same comfortable, firm support, try the Smooth Couture High Waist Tight by Va Bien. This high-waist, capri-length thigh shaper is equipped with a seamless control waistband, reinforced tummy panel, and Power Net control.

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                    Back

                    One place that most of us overlook when considering shapewear is the back. The back is subject to getting lumps created by restrictive bras and other clothing, and sometimes just needs some extra support during a long day. The SlimVest by Squeem visibly reduces the waist and tummy by one to four inches in the long-term while instantly slimming you down up to three sizes. The Diva Corselette by AMIA also supports your back, and it has the added benefit of a PowerLatex core and tri-layer slimming technology. The Diva Corselette is a step-through undergarment that also pays special attention to the hips for a smooth silhouette throughout.

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                    Hips

                    Some women want to slim their curves, and others want to enhance them. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear gives you a bit of oomph around your derriere. This shaper instantly enhances curves with two removable pads that reach from the hip around to the center of the backside. For those that would prefer to slim the hips, go for the High Waisted Shaping Shorts by MeMoi. This lightweight fiber hip shaper is perfect for daily wear, smoothing throughout the midsection down to the lower thigh for an overall bombshell shape.

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                    All Over

                    What do all female (and some male) celebrities have in common? Body shapers! It’s Hollywood’s little secret, and now you can pull it off, too. For all-over control and a phenomenal figure, try the Celebrity Style Body Shaper by Leonisa. This airy, lightweight shaper utilizes PowerNet construction for great control and reshaping from the underbust to the mid-thigh. To look your best from head to toe, you should also go for the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette. Vedette, a staple brand in the shapewear industry, has created a lightweight full body shaper that controls the hips, tummy, and love-handles with instantly lean legs and thighs.

                     

                    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                      Prepare for the Holidays with a Body Wrap!

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                      Have you been dieting and exercising, but you still don’t feel that you are ready to glow this holiday season? It happens to everyone – sometimes we hit a plateau or otherwise cannot change our condition. This may not be the best time for the stall with all of the holiday parties and holiday outfits, not to mention the endless stream of photos. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to take the next step to get the results you want. In addition to a healthy lifestyle and shapewear support, it’s time to think outside the box for great results in the knick of time.

                      Hourglass Angel proudly carries body wraps topical weight loss treatments. Simply Slender, one of the strongest brands in the market for body wraps has a diverse product line to satisfy everyone’s needs. The Simply Slender Body Wrap Kits have several elements that all work together to reshape your midsection. The Simply Slender Slenderizing cream is formulated from a special blend of herbs, clays, and minerals. Apply this formula directly to the body prior to wrapping with the High Quality Cotton Elastic Wraps. These machine washable wraps are reusable. A measuring tape and an inch-loss chart are included to help you track your results. The illustrated instruction book with step-by-step instructions guides you through all the steps to create a slimmer silhouette. This slimming body wrap also reduces water retention and smoothes the skin for a rejuvenated look while it instantly trims your body one to two inches in the areas of application.

                      Keep taking care of yourself and your curves, and try the wonderful instant weight-loss body wraps.

                      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health

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