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Can Certain Foods Help You Get a Big Butt?

author image Angela Ogunjimi
Angela Ogunjimi has been a prize-winning writer and editor since 1994. She was a general assignment reporter at two newspapers and a business writer at two magazines. She writes on nutrition, obesity, diabetes and weight control for a project of the National Institutes of Health. Ogunjimi holds a master's degree in sociology from George Washington University and a bachelor's in journalism from New York University.
Can Certain Foods Help You Get a Big Butt?
Increasing proteins with all essential amino acids will help you build muscle in your buttocks. Photo Credit Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images

With beautiful celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian flaunting their rear ends everywhere they go, it's no wonder a bigger derriere has become a hot commodity. Implants and injections, although controversial, have become sought-after quick routes to a big butt. For many women, the glutes are a prime location for fat storage, and many have no problem putting on weight there. However, some women have body compositions that make a defined and prominent butt more difficult to achieve. You may be chronically underweight or thick all over. The location your body prefers to store fat is genetically and hormonally driven. You can, however, move the needle in favor of the look you want through rigorous and consistent exercise. Diet and food choices remain only "assists" to these efforts.

Genes and Hormones Matter More

How your body deposits and stores fat and builds muscles is determined in part by what you eat. However, your genes and sex hormones matter more. Estrogen and other female hormones park fat around your pelvis, butt and thighs, many say, as support for pregnancy and childbearing, according to the research paper "Human Hips, Breasts and Buttocks: Is Fat Deceptive?" by Bobbi S. Lowe, et al. Dr. Mehmet Oz says people with more fat in their butt and thighs have less blood flow in the area, making the butt an ideal long-term fat-storage center. A dean from the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance publishing in "Scientific American" says women have another butt "advantage." They have a genetic tendency toward lower overall fat-burning, meaning those with already bodacious butts require more effort to work off their bums. In other words, a big rear end is more natural than created.

Fat Promotion

You can tweak your butt to make it look better on you with modifications to your diet. The key word is tweak, meaning small adjustments. Add more protein to your diet. Look for proteins that have a complete set of essential amino acids, like meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, and cheese. These whole proteins help build muscle, which, besides fat, makes up a great portion of your butt. Protein in your diet synergizes with muscle-building exercises that target your glutes.

Eat the right fats. Fats in your diet promote energy storage in your body. But you don't want to increase your risk of heart disease in pursuit of a larger derriere. You simply want to encourage some fat to remain while also working out to build butt muscle. Increase your intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like olive and canola oils, nuts, seeds, avocados and fish.

A Word on Carbs

Slimming down your belly makes your rear end more prominent. You should, therefore, modify your diet to avoid gut-busting food. In other words: Stay away from simple carbohydrates. Refined and processed carbs, like white bread, french fries, refined-grain pasta and sugary drinks are a recipe for pudge, says "Harvard Women's Health Watch" and University of California, San Francisco endocrinologist David Ludwig. Ludwig told "ScienceNews" that refined carbs spike your blood sugar and trigger the action of insulin. This can promote the storage of fat in your liver and elsewhere in your abdominal cavity, leading to that "roly-poly," or "squishy" look.

The "Bottom" Line

You'll do better focusing much of your efforts on gluteal muscle-building exercises. A variety of squats, lunges, deadlifts, leg extensions and presses, bridge and hip extensions with and without weight can help you craft a shapelier butt. Consult a personal trainer for tips on how to do the workouts most effectively and to design a program tailored to your body type.

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