Make time for your thighs

Make time for your thighs
How to lose weight from inner and outer thighs is a very common question and there are three key strategies for this.

How to lose weight from inner and outer thighs is a very common question and there are three key strategies for this.

First, on most weight loss plans the amount of fat being burned is tiny and so you never really get to the fat stores in these areas. This is one of the main reasons people ‘stick’ after 3 weeks – they were never burning much fat in the first place and were mainly losing water and some toxins and as I have said before you can only lose so much of this before your results run dry.

Second, due to metabolism changes especially hormone imbalances that build up as you get older the access to fat in these areas is very limited. The doors if you like are closed and your body will not draw fat from these areas very easily. To open the doors you need to address these imbalances.

Third you need to hit these areas with good toning exercises. Again a lot of people do not even do toning exercises and those that do have either the wrong technique or the wrong strategy.

Here are three basic exercises which will not just tone your thighs but will increase circulation to them, thus improving their appearance and helping to banish cellulite.

1. Basic Squat - front and back of thigh, and bum

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and lower 5 to 10 inches, keeping your shoulders level and your hips square

Hold this position for 3 seconds and then stand back up. Start with 5 reps and work up to 12. Rest for 30 seconds and do another set

2. Standing Side Leg Raise - hips and outer thighs

Stand with your left side to a wall or chair. Slightly bend your left knee and place your hands on your hips.Keeping your right leg straight and your toes pointed forward, slowly lift your right leg up and to the side without bending over to the left or arching your back. Once you’ve reached your highest point with good form, return to the starting position with the same control. Repeat on the opposite side

Start with 5 reps and work up to 12. Rest for 30 seconds and do another set

3. Standing Inner Thigh Raise - inner thigh

Similar to the Side Leg Raise stand with your left side to the wall or chair. Keeping your Left leg slightly bent turn the toes of your right foot out to the side so that they are pointing at a ‘ quater past 12’ position. Slowly lift your right leg up in front of you without leaning forward

Once you’ve reached your highest point with good form, return to the starting position with the same control. It is important not to pendulum swing the leg during this exercise so a tip is to touch the left toe with the right heel making this your start and end point. Repeat on the opposite side

Start with 5 reps and work up to 12. Rest for 30 seconds and do another set

For most people who have given up hope of changing their inner and outer thighs, the reality is that you probably never really had a plan that REALLY targeted these areas before. So you shouldn’t give up but look for the right plan with the right ingredients, which are: a balanced diet that makes sure you do not under-eat; cardio exercise that gets you breathless and that progresses in pace as the weeks go by; toning exercise which targets these muscles; metabolism correction which addresses your imbalances and opens the doors to burning fat from these areas.