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Sage Advice on How to Lose Weight in Your Thighs
We all want to lose weight in our thighs, right? I know that’s been the part of my body that’s held onto extra fat over the years. And cellulite?
Don’t even get me started! Losing weight in your thighs can be a real challenge, especially if you’re a woman. Most men have strong legs, and tend to gather excess fat around their midsection. Women, on the other hand, tend to have vulnerable spots in and around the thigh area. That said, I’d like to offer you all some sage advice on how to lose weight in your thighs.
There’s no such thing as spot-reducing
Targeting specific parts of the body in terms of losing weight in those areas isn’t really possible. You can’t really pick a specific spot (like your thighs) and say, now, that’s where I want to lose weight! What you have to do is lose weight all over your body. Once you start losing weight all over, you’ll see excess weight leave the areas where they need to leave. For example, if you’re holding onto extra weight in the thigh areas, once you take the appropriate steps to lose weight, you’re naturally going to see the extra thigh fat go away. It’s that simple!
While all of us have fat all over the body, women in particular tend to hold onto fat around the thigh area. I know this is my vulnerable spot when it comes to weight gain. For this reason, I’m particularly interested in this topic.
Cut out the simple carbohydrates
Simple carbs include breads, pastas, cookies, cakes and candies. These are the foods that actually contribute to weight gain. By cutting out these simple carbs we’re making more room in our diet for the foods that help us lose weight. Complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats are the best types of foods for overall weight loss. The next time you go grocery shopping, simply avoid the aisles of packed and processed simple carbs. Stick to the outer aisles of the store which typically contain whole foods.
Hydrate throughout the day
Drinking enough water is one of the easiest things you can do to lose weight around your thighs. I suggest carrying a big water bottle with you and sipping from it intermittently throughout the day. Drinking lots of water throughout the day flushes out toxins from the body, as well as excess fluids and excess salt, which naturally gets rid of the bloating that so often happens when we’re dehydrated. I know this sounds weird, but not drinking enough water makes us more bloated than drinking lots of water.
Make sure you’re getting plenty of cardio into your workout routine
Putting your body through regular cardiovascular workouts will definitely contribute to losing weight in your thighs. When you get the heart pumping and the blood flowing, you also lose weight in the thighs by burning excess calories and excess fat. Cardio exercise also reduces bloating by flushing out excess fluids. The more calories you burn, the more likely you are to lose weight in your thighs. So take those cardio workouts to the next level and watch that thigh weight melt away.
Walk, walk, and walk some more
Walking is hands down one of the best ways to lose weight in your thighs. Wonder how much walking you should do each day to make significant weight loss changes in your thighs? The recommended 10,000 steps per day should be your goal. If you can get in 10,000 steps on a daily basis, you’re naturally going to watch the weight in your thighs fall away.
But, like all things worth the wait, it’s a slow process. So, you’ll want to be patient with yourself. The weight isn’t going to come off overnight. Losing weight by walking takes time. But, the weight loss is sustainable, meaning, you’re less likely to gain it back when you lose it slowly. To get half your steps done straight away, consider taking a 5,000 step walk first thing in the morning. Then, you can walk throughout your day, and fill in the gaps as needed. Track your steps and finish up during an after-dinner promenade.
Swim, swim, and swim some more
Ever wondered why elite swimmers have such lean legs? They’re not overly bulky, they’re just plain beautiful. It’s because swimming has a slimming effect on your legs. And the more you do it, the better. I happen to love swimming. But, I don’t belong to a gym, and with summer over there’s not a lot of chance to get those laps in. I’m considering joining a gym over the winter, to simply reserve lap time a few days a week. Winter isn’t going to allow as much biking, although I do intend to bundle up and walk a lot. And I encourage you to do the same. Why not make this winter season the season of walking and swimming? Your thighs will love it if you do!
Take to the ballet barre
Like swimmers, ballerinas have gorgeous legs. And you can have gorgeous legs, too! Of course, you’re not going to be spending as much time training as the professionals, but you can see very real results if you do an hour long ballet barre workout a few times each week. Loads of videos online abound. Just search for ballet barre workouts and before long you’ll find one you want to stick with. These workouts are difficult, but your future strong, lean legs will be well worth it.
Cycle indoors and out
Bicycling is another one of those really effective ways to lose weight in your thighs. I’ve been cycling a ton lately, and my legs have toned up all over. They haven’t bulked up. So, you don’t have to worry about that. Indoor cycling and spinning classes can be incredibly helpful for losing weight in your thighs. I remember taking a spinning class once, and it was intense, to say the least. I’m sure doing a spinning class 2 times per week would do wonders for weight loss and leg tone.
Walk the beach
If you live near a beach, lucky you! Walking in the sand is a great way to lose weight in your thighs. It naturally makes your legs look better in a swimsuit when you meander along a sandy beach. It’s not easy to walk in the sand. There’s quite a lot of tension you’ll feel when you do. And as you feel that tension, be thankful. This is what tones and firms up your thighs. As with any new habit, start slow. You might want to start with a mere 10 minutes and work your way up to 20. Before long you’ll be totally used to the toll the sand takes on your legs, and you’ll be able to stroll in the sand for hours and hours.
Do high intensity interval training once or twice a week
Because we want to focus on losing weight all over our body in order to lose weight in our thighs, we need to commit to HIIT. HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training, or burst training, is a really effective weight loss tool. High intensity cardio workouts are done in short bursts, and the entire workout only lasts about 15-20 minutes. These workouts are short and sweet, unlike steady state cardio workouts which involve walking, cycling, swimming, etc., and take a much longer time to do in order to get similar results. I try to follow a 20 minute HIIT workout on Youtube once a week, and focus on other forms of exercise the other 6 days.
Lose weight by going slow
It’s important to remember that upgrading your fitness routine, while having as a goal toner and firmer legs, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to lose a lot of weight. Sometimes it’s not about losing pounds. It’s more about firming up and gaining muscle. When you do shed the excess weight, it needs to be a slow process. Aim to lose a mere 1-2 lbs. each week, and nothing more. Always remember, slow and steady wins the race.
You are what you eat
Those brownies I indulged in last night while visiting my family? Yep. They went straight to my thighs. Or, that’s how I feel today, anyway! And part of that’s totally true. If we want to lose weight all over our body, including in the thighs, we need to pay attention to how and what we eat.
I recommend limiting sugar, for starters. This includes sugary drinks. And for those of you who eat breakfast cereal, forget about it! Even whole grains for breakfast need to go. Instead, breakfast should be a high-protein one. Eggs, for example, are great.
Eat whole foods and nothing else. I promise that if you eat only foods that come straight from the Earth, and not from a package or box, you’re going to lose weight in your thighs. It’s that simple. So, shop from your local farmers and eat real food. Then, cut out the fake stuff. Not only will you get more beautiful legs, you’ll also get a more beautiful mind!