Shed stubborn fat and you’re just 4 weeks away from sexy, sleek stems.
If, like many women, you feel every extra calorie winds up in your thighs, you’re not alone: The area is notorious for stubbornly holding onto fat. Learn how to lose weight from this trouble spot the easy, simple and quick way. Follow these lifestyle, dietary and exercises and you’ll burn fat, sculpt and tone muscles and firm up thighs for a fit, slim silhouette.
First, clean up your diet. Incorporate healthy, unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. Avoid sugar when possible. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Include enough protein to your menu; this can help streamline the metabolism, keep you satiated and fueled as well as curb sugar cravings. Support important glands such as the thyroid and adrenals by with natural anti-inflammatories such as turmeric and curcumin.
Get Your ZZZ’s
Sleep is as important when it comes to losing weight as it is to your overall health. When tired, people are more likely to overeat; additionally, well-rested people burn more calories than the sleep-deprived. Rest is as important as exercise: It’s when the body repairs and heals itself.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking more water increases your metabolism and thus, your energy levels. Sometimes, we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty and dehydrated. Maintaining hydration levels can help diminish mindless snacking and flush out the system for overall health.
Kick Up Your Cardio
Heart-pounding, sweat-drenched cardio exercise is essential when it comes to burning fat in order reveal strong, sculpted muscle underneath. Increase your cardio calorie burn by adding an incline, which intensifies resistance. Pump up the treadmill’s incline, bike, walk or run up hills or simply take the stairs whenever possible. Your heart rate increases, meaning the body is working harder and burning more calories than if you were to stick to a flat surface. Inclines also target the thighs, hamstrings and tush, toning and tightening the lower body.
Workout: Lower Body Blast
Starting with the first exercise, slowly complete five reps, holding each about 10 seconds. Do two to four total circuits, switching sides when necessary every other set. Make the moves even more of a challenge by adding a resistance band, looped around ankles or thighs.
SLIDING LEG RAISE
Lie on the left side of the body, resting head on left arm and place your right hand on the floor in front of your chest (for more resistance, place hand on a pilates ring or yoga block to create more of a challenge). Your legs should be straight with your right leg on top of your left leg. Without moving any other part of your body, slowly raise right leg, pause, then lower to the starting position. Repeat circuit on opposite side.
Lie on the left side with hips and knees bent 45 degrees. Stacking the right leg on top of the left leg, keep heels and feet together; with the left leg on the floor, raise your right knee as high as you can without separating the heels coming. Pause, then return to the starting position. Do the circuit on opposite side once complete.
Lie on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Squeeze your glutes as you press down into your palms and heels, raising hips and pelvis up. Pause, then slowly lower back to the starting position. That’s one rep; repeat by rising up on the inhale and lowering on the exhale.
CROSS BODY MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
Being at the top of a pushup position, with your body forming a straight line from head to heels. Keeping your abs engaged, pick up your right foot and slowly bring your right knee toward your left shoulder. Then return to a pushup; next, pick up the left and slowly bring toward the right shoulder. Keep alternating as long as the body can maintain a long, parallel line with proper alignment (shoulders stacked above wrists and each shoulder in line with each foot).
LUNGE WITH ROTATION
Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms straight out. Step forward with your left foot, twisting torso to the left as you bend knees and lower body until both of your legs form 90-degree angles. Twist back to center, push off your left foot, and stand back up. Repeat on the other leg. That’s one rep.
SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT
Stand with feet hip-width apart, right foot raised off the floor and right arm extended in front of you. Bending forward from hips, keep back flat, raising right leg straight behind you until your body forms a standing T shape with right arm in line with shoulder. Return to starting position to complete one rep. Finish on this side, then repeat on the other side.