Harley Pasternak: The Perfect Moves to a Tiny Waist

02/27/2014 at 09:49 AM ET

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Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.

Obviously the key to a smaller waist is to eliminate any fat that may be clinging to your midsection. Through chronic aerobic movement (like walking 10,000 steps per day) and a balanced healthy diet (protein, fiber and healthy fat at each meal), you can melt away belly fat.

Other reasons for belly bloat include constipation (so eat more fiber and drink more water), food intolerances (think of how you feel after a big bowl of chili) or high-sodium diets (Chinese food = pants won’t fit).

But the key to sculpting and shaping your center requires specific exercises. The moves below are easy to do, and don’t require any equipment or the balance of a gymnast. In other words, you have no excuse!

Move 1: The Bridge. Seeing as your waist goes all the way around your body, this move works the back of the core, focusing on the gluteus and the lower back. In the process, you help lengthen your midsection.

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Move 2: The Pike Plank. This move targets the front of the midsection, the rectus abdominis. I love this exercise because it stretches the abs and lower back between every repetition.

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Move 3: The Trunk Twist. The trunk twist works the transverse abs, or corset muscle, that wraps all the way around your midsection. If strengthened properly, these muscles can help “pull” your tummy in.

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Move 4: The Side Plank. Focused more on the love handles (technically known as the obliques), this move can be made more challenging by lowering and raising your hips to create reps rather than focusing on holding one position for a period of time.

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What’s your favorite waist-tightening move?

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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