WEIGHT LOSS TIP: While everyone seems to want to have a small waist few people seem to realize that some of the very exercises they are commonly performed to achieve a small waist may actually have the exact opposite effect.
Many popular exercises like sit ups or leg raises are used in an effort to tone up the midsection however such exercises do not only work the abdominal muscles alone but they also work the muscles on your body known as the hip flexors that run along the outside of your waist down into your hips and pelvis. If you over develop these muscles then you will actually end up making your waist thicker instead of smaller. You can usually tell when you are performing an exercise that involves the hip flexors because you will feel more of a burn from the muscles just outside and below your abdominals and any movement that involves either raising your torso or raising your legs is going to involve the hip flexor muscles. The easiest way to not over develop your hip flexor muscles is to avoid exercises like sit ups, leg raises and any other exercise that involve your hip flexors and instead perform exercises that specifically target your abdominal muscle like crunches. When you perform crunches correctly you will have no movement through the hip area and you will notice that you will feel it exactly where you should feel it in your abdominals. One of the big keys in exercising properly for weight loss is understanding how to exercise and how not to exercise and avoiding hip flexor movements is a real key to achieving that small tight waist that you desire.