Thigh fat isn’t an issue for everyone. Some people have firm thighs naturally. Others bemoan the extra cushion carried in their thighs. So what makes the difference?
Two main body types determine where a person carries fat. An apple shape carries it in the abdomen area, while a pear shape carries it in the thighs and buttocks. The good news is that pear shapes are less prone to certain health issues. The bad news is that fat is fat, regardless. Thus, barring the use of modern treatments such as liposuction, thigh fat must be decreased with diet and exercise.
- Eat healthy foods. Reduce fat intake, eat less fried food, avoid processed carbohydrates such as white sugar and flour, and reduce alcohol consumption. Add more fruits, vegetables and other naturally healthy foods such as beans and legumes.
- Burn calories. You must burn more calories than you eat in order to reduce fat. Exercise and also watch your calorie consumption.
- Increase fiber intake. Fiber helps to reduce appetite by making you feel full. When you feel less hungry, you are able to eat less without feeling deprived.
- Target all muscle groups in the thighs when doing exercises specific to the thighs. Front, back, inside and outside muscles are all used in different ways. Though squats, kicks, lunges, leg lifts and other thigh-specific exercises help to build muscle and reduce fat, targeting all muscle groups will develop thighs uniformly.
- Do a whole-body workout. A balanced approach will help to ensure that fat is lost and that you are not just gaining muscle under that thigh fat.
- Know that you are not alone. Millions of people have decreased their thigh fat successfully. You can too.
- Consult your doctor. Although more natural methods are generally preferred, some do opt for surgical procedures. Though this is a choice for some, it is generally considered to be a last resort and is not the cure.