Thinner thighs, especially among women are always a desirable look. Almost every woman wants to have long, shapely legs that go on forever. Unfortunately it is also in the legs, particularly the thigh area, where most women first put on some of that undesirable weight. It usually shows up there as cellulite. Women are always looking for thinner thighs, as painlessly as possible, achievable in a short period of time.
Here are 5 effective ways to having thinner thighs.
1. Do cardiovascular exercise
Go for cardiovascular exercise around 4 to 5 days a week. This routine should last around 30 to 45 minutes inclusive of doing a 3 minute warm-up and 3 minute cool down. Now don’t just go at a moderate level of working out. Go for interval training for the most effective, efficient way for fat burning. Interval training consists of short bursts of all out effort, interspersed with a recovery period while you are still moving. The objective is to achieve 90 percent of your maximum heart rate, followed by an exertion level generating 60 percent of your heart rate. This is also called the fat shredder workout. It will strip fat from your legs because the body in this mode taps into fat stores for fuel, preserving your hard earned muscle that gives you those shapely legs. You will also have the benefit of burning fat in other parts of the body. Running is the most effective method for interval training but you can also use other forms of exercise such as biking, dancing, rowing, shadow boxing, or skipping rope. The point is really to achieve the heart rate intervals described above. You will also have the advantage of a stoked metabolism, burning fat even when you have left the gym. This improved metabolism means your body is a better furnace, torching away fat and calories at an optimum level.
Calculating your maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. So if you are 25 years of age, your maximum heart rate is 195. Get 90 percent and around 60 percent of that figure to determine your intervals. A good investment would be a heart rate monitor.
2. Watch your diet
Exercise is great, but do not undermine your efforts by not having discipline with what you eat. Here are some fat shedding tips that have been said time and again. To get thinner thighs:
• Drink water liberally. Get at least eight or more glasses during a day
• Skip the starchy food. That would mean all the white stuff; white bread, white rice, pasta. Eat whole grain food like brown bread instead.
• Minimize your intake of sugar and salt. These are the weight watchers enemies.
• Eat lots of vegetables. Get them in as raw a form as possible. Have half as much fruits. Be careful with food too sweet.
• Avoid all forms of dairy products, milk, cheese, butter etc.
• Eat four servings of lean protein like egg whites, chicken white meat, lean beef or pork and fish. A 3 to 4 ounce serving is around the same size of a deck of cards.
• Eat fats that are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. This would be food such as olive oil, avocados, walnuts, tofu and natural peanut butter.
• Finally, eat frequent, small, but complete meals. Go for around 5 to 6 times a day.
Follow this diet and you will see thinner thighs in 30 days. You also must consume food at a slight caloric deficit.
3. Get into resistance training
Muscle is what shapes your legs. Lose muscle and you will have either flabby legs or the bird leg syndrome. Do not be afraid to do weight resistance for your legs. You will not grow enormous muscles because women are not hormonally this way. Women do not have the testosterone levels to develop this. What you build instead are nice, attractive, toned legs. Exercises such as squats, lunges, deadlifts, legs extensions and curls, and calf raises are all great leg muscle toners. They hit all of all the leg muscles such as the quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves. Neglected muscles though are the inner and outer thigh. You exercise these leg areas by doing abductor (outer thigh) and adductor (inner thigh) exercises. Here is a demonstration for proper form:
4. Be realistic
Rome was not built in a day. Be patient with you exercise regimen and diet. Try not to rush things as this will only burn you out. Also remember that as you adopt these healthy activities and nutrition, you are not only getting closer to thinner thighs, but getting healthier in general. Also manage expectations. I you are a mesomorph, meaning you have a predisposition to put on muscle easily, try adopting other exercises that do not build leg muscles. Perhaps non-weight bearing exercises would suit you better like swimming. Set realistic goals first so you do not set yourself up for disappointment and perceived failure.
5. “Nip Tuck”
It surely is not for everybody, but there are some people that get better results that last by having a “procedure” done to get shapelier legs. Visit a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in this, and just check out your options if you are receptive to methods such as liposuction. Make sure you go to a licensed practitioner of this more invasive method. Also be thorough when getting checked if you can safely undergo any leg reduction/shaping kind of operation. Many celebrities undergo these “procedures.”
Which ever workout or solution you think is the best for you, keep in mind to love your body no matter what. Having thinner thighs may be every woman’s dream, but learning how to be happy and contented in your own skin is the key to having a healthy life.