If you go online and google how to lose weight in your thighs, you’re gonna get flooded with a whole lot of sites made by people who don’t really know what they’re talking about. They’ll tell you to do all sorts of leg exercises or even ride a bike to get your thighs under control.
But, this doesn’t really address the problem, does it? After all, leg exercises are designed to build muscle mass. Muscle mass adds size to your legs. And this is not what you’re after if you’re wanting to lose weight in your thighs, right?
If you’re unhappy with your thighs, it is likely due to one of three causes:
- You have too much fat on them.
- You have too much muscle on them.
- You have no discernable muscle tone.
More then likely, since you’ve found yourself on this page, you’re suffering from problem number 1 or 2, or both. You could also be suffering from problem 3, but not know it, since your fat is covering whatever muscle on your legs there may be.
No matter if your problem is that you have too much fat on your thighs, or if you have too much muscle on your thighs, the solution to both problems is the same. You might not be happy to hear it, but the only sure-fire solution to lose your fat and/or your muscle on your thighs is to run, and run lots.
It’s called marathon cardio, or roadwork. It’s the same thing that boxers do to get down to weight before a big fight. It involves doing long periods of low intensity running. What do I mean by long periods of running? I mean at least 45 minutes, and anywhere up to 1 hour.
Running with low intensity for a fairly long period of time will also have the effect of toning your leg muscles, making the need to work them with traditional legs exercises disappear. It also won’t make your leg muscles visibly larger – so long as you run for at least 45 minutes per session. Think about it for a second, you don’t see any long distance runners out there with thighs the size of tree trunks, do you? No, and there is good reason for this.
This solution isn’t pretty, but it does work, and it is the only thing that definitely will work on your thighs. This solution works just as well for women as it does for men.
That said, it may be very difficult, if not impossible for you to go out and start cardio sessions of that length if you don’t already exercise regularly. You’ll need to start small, and work your way up to that amount. Don’t expect any miracles right off the bat, but by the time you get up to 45 minutes in a row at least 4 times a week, you will begin to see results almost immediately.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t run for 10 minutes straight. Just start low and slow, and try to add 1 minute to your overall time each time you run.
Want better results, and want them faster?
If you want to speed up your results, then run more often. If you aren’t happy with your results, then run more often. Take it up to an hour a day, 7 days a week until you’re happy with the appearance and size of your thighs. It’s not easy, but you will get there, I promise. After a while it will become kind of a habit, a lifestyle change, and not a chore. Once you are happy with your appearance, you can scale back your cardio to 3 sessions a week, of 20-25 minutes per session to maintain your new shape.
Your Thigh’s Kryptonite
That said, there are certain things that you must absolutely avoid if you want to lose size in your thighs. These are, in no particular order:
1. Stop riding your bicycle. It’s an unspoken rule amongst people who get bigger thighs by simply thinking about them (or at least, it can seem like that) to never get on a bike. Cycling has the rather unfortunate effect of puffing up a set of thighs like nothing else can – particularly if you’re prone to gaining muscle on your thighs easily. It’s important to use running as your main source of cardio if your goal is to lose size in your thighs.
2. Stop squatting, deadlifting, lunging, or any other forms of leg exercises which require you to use weight as resistance. These exercises will put on muscle mass – not remove it. They will contribute to you losing fat, but it’s important to note that this fat will be burned from all over your body (as there is no such thing as spot reduction, unless you get liposuction), and again, build muscle mass and size in your thighs (something you don’t want), not to mention the fact that these exercises simply don’t do as good a job at burning fat as marathon cardio (nothing does).
One thing that you must do in order to make sure your marathon cardio is effective is eat the correct amount of food every day. No matter how much you run, if you’re eating more calories than your body is burning in a day, you will NOT lose weight. The math just doesn’t add up. The rule supersedes all others when it comes to weight loss.
If you make sure that you’re eating less calories than you’re burning in a day, you will lose weight. It’s as simple as that.
Lastly, your thighs aren’t going to magically change overnight. No amount of exercise, dieting, so-called “magic” pills, or prayer will do that. However, with diligence, consistency, and a little hard work, you’ll start to see positive results in about 3 weeks. I’d say good luck, but this isn’t about luck. You know what to do – do it!