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How to Get Curvy When You Are Skinny (6 Proven Ways)

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Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Morah Rose

When you truly care about your body image, doing targeted body workouts can actually make you feel more confident and love yourself even more.

You can get the type of body you want without applying any harmful things to it or wearing enhancers.

This article will show you the best natural ways to get a curvy body when you are skinny.

The article highlights the best tips for getting a curvy body if you are skinny.

These tips will help you get some feminine curves, wider hips, and a smaller waist.

But one thing to remember is that you cannot alter your hip bone to be wider. However, there are exercises that you can do to build muscles around the hip area and make them appear wider.

The following are tips to help any skinny lady get a curvy look:

1. Have a mind-body connection

Mind-body connection plays a great role when exercising to obtain a great curvy body. 

There are two ways you can have a good mind-body connection when I’m exercising, which I would recommend to any beginner:

  1. Visualize the muscle in that area growing

Yes, visualize the muscle around the hip area and glutes growing.


Seeing it in your mind while exercising helps you focus when doing your exercises without getting distracted. You feel motivated to keep pushing yourself to achieve the goal.

  1. Doing isolation exercises

Isolation exercises are exercises that target one specific area. This means that you are doing exercises that focus mainly on the muscles that you want to grow. In our case, these will be the hips and glutes muscles.

Isolation exercises actually help you to build that body-mind connection.

I would recommend it, especially if you are a beginner. It is the best way to build the body and mind connection. You get to feel the muscles from within as you are working out.

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2. Know your body type

Knowing your body type is important because it helps you work out according to your body type.

This explains why most people get different results when doing the same workouts as others who have different body types. 

So, you therefore first need to know your body type before you begin your exercise.

But what’s your body type?

The following are the 3 most common body types:

  1. Ectomorphs

These are the type of people who will eat anything they want but never add any weight.

This is because they have a fast and high metabolism. 

Ladies with these types of bodies are usually skinny and it can be hard for them to gain weight.

Additionally, their shoulders tend to be narrower than their hips. 

  1. Mesomorphs

These types of bodies are for the type of people who easily gain muscles and lose fat.

This is because they have an efficient metabolism.

Additionally, it is easy for them to manage their body weight as long as they are active and eating right.

  1. Endomorphs

People with these types of bodies gain fat easily, even after eating small amounts of food.

This is because they have a naturally slow metabolism. You will mostly find that these types of people struggle to lose weight.

People with these body types need to pay more attention to what they eat. 

They usually also have a larger midsection (around the waist & stomach area) and hips. 

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  1. Combined body types

Well, some people do not fit one specific body type. Therefore, you will find that some are either; Ecto-Meso, Meso-Endo, or Endo-Meso. 

This means that they are balancing between two body types. 


Ectomorphs – Their main goal is to add weight.
Mesomorphs – Their main goal is to stay lean.
Endomorphs – Their main goal is to lose weight.

I recommend that you take time and look back at your body history to figure out your body type.

Once you have got that figured out, next we will look at the diet and exercises that you need to do depending on your body type.

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3. Do the right workout routine

Ectomorphs need to focus on resistance training and limit endurance or cardio workouts since their main goal is to gain weight.

This means that your workouts should focus more on hypertrophy and strength in order to build muscles.

Therefore, if you are skinny and want to get a curvy body, then you need to focus on building muscles around your hip section.

Limit cardio exercises because you will end up burning more calories which is the opposite of what you want to achieve. 

How about mesomorphs and endomorphs?

Mesomorphs should focus on strength, hypertrophy, and endurance exercises. But they also need to avoid focusing on one type of training.

This is because, for instance, if you focus more on endurance training you are going to lose more muscle mass. On the other hand, if you do focus more on hypertrophy and strength training then you will gain excess fat.

Focusing on the three types of exercises will help you maintain your body weight, lose fat and increase your hip muscle tone. 

Endomorphs, on the other hand, need to do more resistance workouts. They can also add endurance training to their workouts to help increase their metabolism rate and shed fat.

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4. Do exercises that help you get wider hips

To get wider hips (make them look wider) I recommend exercises that target the following muscles:

Side glutes – These are muscles located around the hip area. 

Glutes – These are muscles around the lower buttocks.

Quads – These muscles are located around the thigh areas.

Hamstrings – Muscles located at the back of your thighs.

  • Obliques – Muscles located around the waist area.

Note: you should not overwork the oblique and the abs muscles. 

This also means that you should not use weights on the abs muscles.


Overworking the oblique muscles will end up giving you a wider waistline.

This is the last thing you would want if your goal is to get that curvy hourglass figure.

So, what is the recommended exercise that targets the oblique muscles?

I highly recommend doing stomach vacuum exercises.

This is because your waistline is slimmer with a flat stomach, which also makes your curves pop out.

The following are some of the benefits of vacuum exercises:

  • They help give you a flatter stomach.
  • They help make your waistline smaller.
  • Helps with lower back pain.
  • It helps give you a great posture.
  • It helps stabilize your hips, core, and spine.

The good thing about the stomach vacuum abs is that you can do them from anywhere, even when sitting in the office or in the car.

This is how to do a stomach vacuum exercise when you are in the office or in the car:

  1. Sit straight on the chair and place the palms on the thighs.
  2. Breathe all the air out of your lungs as you pull your stomach towards your spine as hard as you can.
  3. Stay in that position for a few seconds, say 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Then breathe in. 

NOTE: When you are doing it for the first time (i.e when you have never worked out these muscles), you may feel sore the following day. 

Therefore, I recommend doing it 3 times in a row. If the following day you feel sore, take a day’s rest and proceed the following day. If you are not sore, then keep going!

Once you have understood this technique, I would recommend doing it every day. Or rather increase the number of times you are exercising these muscles.

You can do it in between your workouts and in different postures. You can do it when standing or laying down flat on the ground. 

The following are some effective exercises that target the glutes and the side glutes (hip area):

  1. Hip thrusts

 This is one of the best exercises when you want to target the gluteal muscles.

You can either do this exercise with a barbel while the body is balanced on the bench, or you can use a hip thruster band or a hip thrust machine.

If you are going to be doing the hip thrust barbel I recommend doing it first with a fitness trainer.

  1. Glute bridges

This exercise helps engage your lower back, hips, and gluteal muscles. The exercise can be done every day for better results.

  1. Fire hydrants exercise

This exercise helps tone your glutes, and side glutes muscles, and get a smaller waist.

  1. Clams exercises 

This workout will work on your pelvic muscles and hip flexors.

curvy body for skinny girls

5. Be aware of where your body stores fat

As you are already aware, we all have different bodies. You could be skinny but have fats in certain areas such as the abdominal or stomach area. You may hence need to lose that fat to get a curvy appearance.

However, if your body stores your fat around your booty and hip area then you don’t need to lose fat.

Key Exercising Tips

When you get the curves/body that you like, then you will need to maintain the same exercises without increasing the intensity or volume.

This will help you to maintain the same level of muscle that you built up around your hip and glutes area (one that gives you a curvy appearance).

6. Eat according to your body type

For a skinny laddy to get a curvy body she will need to eat the right type of food and eat more of it.

If you are skinny and want to get a curvy body, you may be an ectomorph (you have a fast metabolism and your aim is to gain weight). 

If that’s the case, your diet will need to be mass-gain-focused. This means you will need to have a more calorie intake, which should be more than what your body needs.

Your diet should have:

  • More carbs. (50% carbs).
  • Moderate protein. (30% protein).
  • Low fat. (20% fat).

Additionally, since you have a fast metabolism, this also means that you need to eat frequently, every 2-4 hours.

NOTE: To be aware of how much food you need to take, you need to calculate your BMR.

BMR is the number of calories that your body burns to produce the energy you need to perform your daily functions.

Your age, gender, height, and weight will influence your BMR. I recommend using an online calculator to determine your BMR.

I would also recommend Myfitness app. It helps you figure out what you should eat and also your calorie intake.

How about mesomorphs and endomorphs?

Mesomorphs – Their diet should have 35% of carbs, 35% of proteins, and 30% of fats. 

However, if you are doing more strength training then you will need to increase your protein and reduce the carbs in your diet.

Endomorphs – Should limit their carb intake and eat more proteins and fats. That is 45% protein, 35% fat, and 20% carbs.

I would also recommend avoiding starchy carbs/high-carb foods in your diet.

4 things to remember:

  1. The clothes that you wear also play a huge role in how you look. A good example is wearing clothes that make you look straight.
  1. It takes time to achieve the body you want. This means that you will need to have an all-level discipline – being consistent with your workouts and diet and trusting the process.

Personally, it took me a year and a half to get the body that I’ve always wanted. I have an ectomorph body type. I was very skinny and my main challenge was eating – I would always force myself to eat more.

  1. Don’t compare yourself to others.  You will end up giving up too soon.
  1. Manage and reduce your stress levels.

Lastly, we all have beautiful bodies. Investing time in your body does not mean letting it consume you. Live, laugh, and enjoy every moment of your life. Don’t wait to get a curvy body to rock that bikini!