How Can I Shrink My Thighs?

Q: I’m in pretty good shape because I’m a big exerciser, but I don’t love my bulky thighs. What can I do to burn fat in my problem zones?

 A: Whether it’s the thighs, belly, “love handles,” arms or ankles, most of us have body parts that we’d love to make over. Chances are, if you check out your family tree, you’ll see thighs like yours (albeit with slight variations) on one or more relatives. In other words, your proportions and the places you store fat are largely governed by genetics. When you drop weight, your body directs where you lose the inches, and no diet—whether high-fat, low-fat, high-protein, or low-carb—can change that.

Even though spot-reducing can’t be achieved through diet, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about your thighs. The good news is that when you take in an appropriate amount of calories (meaning less than you burn), you’ll eventually lose weight all over—including in your personal trouble spots. And if you continue to regularly exercise while watching what you eat, you’ll burn more calories plus tone, tighten, and strengthen the muscles underneath the fat, so when it comes off, your thighs will look lean and downright smashing!


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