Before I say anything. I want you to take a good long look at this picture below. And WHATEVER you do, PLEASE make sure this does not happen to you.

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This is what many people refer to as a "muffin top". It's simple. As you can see the red arrow pointing from both the love handles created by wearing pants two sizes too tight, to the actual muffin that has its bakery goodness overflowing from the muffin cup itself.

One is acceptable, while the other one isn't. Can you guess which one is a no no?

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Many women suffer through this unfortunate circumstance, due to lack of awareness when it comes to proper pant fitting. When choosing the right size, pants should always sit nice and flat on your body- never squeezing in, not even if everything else about the pants fit you great. It is not great, because it's not the right cut for you. The thighs, hips, and buttocks may form on your body wonderfully, but if the waist is too tight- it is still the wrong match. In the long run, wearing pants that causes muffin tops can create a "dimpling" effect from where the pants were cutting into the hips, and this will cause permanent damage to your body since it has "cut" into your fat physically from all those years of ill fitting pants.

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Another issue aside from having the symptoms of a "muffin top", is the lack of mobility you can have from wearing pants that are the wrong size for you. Take a good look at the image above, as you can see the tension created at the crotch area spreading out towards the hips. These lines are often indicators when something is too tight, and the lines can be taken as pointers where the stress is being created. Aside from the lines, the pockets at the hips of the body are bulging out- almost as if they are exploding inside out, the pocket lining crawling out. They should be laying perfectly flat instead of doing this. Lastly- if trying on a pair of pants, you do not find any of these symptoms appearing- the zippers will tell the ultimate truth. If your pants are too tight for you, they will not sit flat and create that "off the track" appearance. You can see that example clearly here, as you take a good look at the very top of where the zipper closes completely- the fabric that is suppose to conceal the zipper is puckering to one side! As if it's being yanked to the opposite side it should be.

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A good example of how a decent pair of fitted pants may be, is this image above. The overall pants looks comfortable, and relaxed on the body. The fabric is laying flat, and not creating any tensions and lines, there is no "muffin top" and lastly- the zipper is laying flat and straight!