How do you lose thigh fat? Do you squat the fat away? Do you wrap them in body wraps and sweat the fat out? Maybe you rub them in fat burning cream and spot reduce with targeted exercises. Or coolsculpting….yeah…coolsculpting lets freeze the fat off…Or do you think maybe just maybe you burn it the same way that you burn any other fat on your body? I want to make this video about how to lose thigh fat because after doing a quick Google and YouTube search I realized that there is so much wrong information on this topic. Unfortunately, these myths take advantage of women the most because women are most affected by excess fat in their lower body due to the fact that women tend to store fat in the hips and the thighs while men store it in their belly. One of the most common myths is that you can burn fat from the thighs by targeting the fat with specific exercises. Exercises like squats lunges hip Bridges and especially inner thigh exercises are believed to burn fat right off the thighs. I mean that’s why you feel the burn in your legs right? Nope that’s actually completely wrong. When you’re working your legs or any other muscle in your body lactic acid is a by-product of relaxing and Contracting muscles. These lactic acids are actually whats responsible for that burning feeling so it’s not high fat being burnt it’s just muscle being broken down. Building muscle is not necessarily going to result with thinner legs. In fact building muscle without burning fat can lead to even bulkier thighs. And the worst thing is that a lot of the exercises that women are told to do to burn fat from the thighs are inner and outer thigh exercises that don’t require a lot of energy to perform which means unfortunately there’s not going to be that much fat burnt even if you have a good diet. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that you shouldn’t work out your legs with resistance training exercises to improve your lower body. The only way to give your legs a nicely defined shape is to build some muscle on your thighs. Also when you do weighted compound exercises like squats you recruit a lot of very large muscles which will make you burn more calories which could ultimately lead to burning more fat. However the ultimate deciding factor of how much fat you burn from your thighs isn’t about how much exercising you do, it’s about how much fat you’re burning from your diet. Any kind of Target fat burning approach or spot reducing approach cannot work because we know that fat gets burnt across your whole body and not from anyone specific concentrated area. This means that inner thigh exercises, body wraps, fat burner pills, and detox drinks aren’t going to do much for you. Fat burning creams believe it or not have shown to have some minor results in studies. However the results are so insignificant and that they might as well be considered negligible. Also I have a feeling that if you’re applying something to your skin that’s burning your fat underneath, it probably isn’t that great for you health-wise. But I mean if losing an eighth of an inch from your thighs is worth sacrificing your health for then by all means go for it. And then there’s CoolSculpting which is becoming more and more popular by the day for the quick fix Crowd. Here they apparently will freeze the fat off with “controlled cooling”. Many claims that its impossible to freeze fat cells without destroying skin cells and getting frostbite in the process. Whether that’s true or not, it is well known that you have to have more than one treatment to see any kind of results, and even after multiple treatments results are described as mild.
So the only way to really effectively burn thigh fat is by burning fat from your whole body through diet modification. There are a lot of diet plans out there you just have to find one that works for you. There’s intermittent fasting, carb cycling plans, there’s the ketogenic diet, you can do calorie counting or if it fits your Macros. Just make sure that whatever plan you do fits your lifestyle and is something you can be consistent with. Because yo-yo dieting isn’t gonna get you very far. I have videos about most of these diet plans that you can check out to learn more about how to do them correctly.
Next on the list is to increase the number of healthy fats in your diet. Studies have shown that as healthy fat intake goes down testosterone goes with it. The correlation between healthy fat intake and testosterone levels has been supported by bodybuilders and physique competitors as well. Many reports having low testosterone levels when restricting calories and lowering fat intake to get really lean. We want to make sure we take in plenty omega-3s. They can be found in fish like salmon or flaxseeds. Also, we want to have monounsaturated fats such as avocados and believe it or not saturated fat is extremely good for elevating our testosterone levels as well. Coconut oil is a great source of saturated fat. Another way to boost your testosterone is to get plenty of sleep. Sleep is absolutely critical for optimal testosterone production, especially in the morning. 7-9 hours of sleep is the recommended norm. Next on the list is zinc and vitamin D. Zinc has been shown to increase testosterone just by supplementing with it for as little as six weeks. Vitamin D deficiency is a very common problem for many Americans and Studies have shown that by supplementing with vitamin D you can increase your testosterone levels. So consider taking a zinc and vitamin D supplement to help increase your testosterone naturally.
Check out my client Tom’s transformation where he lost a whole bunch of fat.