Another insecurity most girls have is their thighs. I mean, we all want those long and toned legs, but the thing is there is no way to spot-reduce the fat on our thighs, or any part of our body, for that matter.
Why? Yes, we can lose our overall body fat by exercising and eating clean and healthy food, but our bodies do not know for sure where we are burning fat. There’s also no way we can tell. It’s not like, “Oooh, I think today I’m losing fat on my stomach.” It just doesn’t work that way.
I know, I know. You were probably expecting me to spew magical tips that would immediately give you those killer legs. To make it up to you, though, I will give you some tips to make sure that your legs are de-bloated and toned while you lose weight all over.
1. Coffee’s Not Such a Bad Thing
Some may not agree with this but I always take my coffee in the morning. I just know that it helps stimulate my metabolism as it has a very mild diuretic effect.
I just add a very minimal amount of sugar and milk because these will completely defeat the purpose. I suggest that you limit your coffee intake to two cups per day.
2. Fiber and Protein Are Your Best Friends
These two are self-explanatory. Fiber keeps you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. Fiber has never failed to fill me up, plus it has fewer calories.
Protein, on the other hand, is the building block of muscles, so it will surely help you on your quest for toned thighs and legs.
3. Take It Easy on the Carbs
The thing is when you eat more carbs, your body stores more water. Reason being, your body converts carbs into glycogen and this is stored with water in your liver and muscle - not good.
Don’t worry, you can still have a small amount of grains in your diet as they are still the best source of filling and heart-healthy fiber.
4. Stay Away from Salt
Salt is the number one culprit when it comes to our body retaining excess water causing us to bloat our whole body; yes, including our hips and thighs.water follows salt.
We only need 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, but with most people’s diet nowadays and the convenience of processed foods, I am sure that we are all guilty of excessive salt intake.
5. Amp Up the Electrolytes
Electrolytes, especially potassium, is in a rivalry with salt. The more electrolytes you, the less salt your body retains. Electrolytes help keep the fluid balance steady, in order for your body to flush out water retention.
Stock up the fridge with leafy greens, yogurt, and bananas so that you have excellent sources of different kinds of electrolytes.
6. Invest in a Trusty Water Bottle
I know we are trying to get rid of excess water in our bodies, but did you know that the less water you drink, the harder the body hold onto it? Drinking plenty of water will flush out excess salt and fluids that your body no longer needs that will effectively reduce bloating.
Carrying a water bottle around will definitely remind and encourage you to drink up. This can also help reduce your appetite because dehydration mimics hunger.
7. Embrace Sweating
Sweating is also another way to flush out excess salt and fluids. How do we sweat? We need to get moving and our heart rates up. This is a good way to spend calories and burn body fat. Just don’t forget to keep hydrated.
Drink 16 to 20 ounces of water per hour of intense workout sessions. Eating foods rich in electrolytes is also encouraged after working out.
8. Spot-train: THIGHS
You cannot spot reduce your thigh fat, but you can most definitely spot train to strengthen and tone them.
Work your entire thighs by doing sumo squats, goblet squats, and curtsy lunges. Work on your inner and outer thighs by doing lateral lunges and band leg side raises. Tone those hamstrings by doing deadlifts, bridges with hamstring curls, and reverse leg curls. Do these for 8 to 12 reps at your maximum weight for 3 to 4 sets.
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