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April 6, 2011 6:20 AM
I have huge legs (it runs in the family), and as I gained weight they got bigger and bigger. I find that a lot of exercises will build the muscle, but not thin out my legs, so they get bigger (yet again). What is something that will make them lean and thin (as much as genetics will let them)?
April 6, 2011 6:24 AM
bumpwink
  2673035
April 6, 2011 6:24 AM
bump
April 6, 2011 6:24 AM
I don't know either, but I wanna know myself...(thank you mom)
April 6, 2011 6:26 AM
I've cut 10 inches off each thigh through running.
April 6, 2011 6:26 AM
bump, I'd like to know too!
  153205
April 6, 2011 6:28 AM
I find that the 30 day shred is helping me to lose a lot of the fat on my thighs. I think it is the combination of cardio and strength training. As much as I hate lunges and squats I have to admit that they really are helpful in this battle:)

Good luck!!!!
  5330404
April 6, 2011 6:28 AM
QUOTE:

I have huge legs (it runs in the family), and as I gained weight they got bigger and bigger. I find that a lot of exercises will build the muscle, but not thin out my legs, so they get bigger (yet again). What is something that will make them lean and thin (as much as genetics will let them)?


By losing fat on a diet that requires your calories out > calories in.
  1932255
April 6, 2011 6:28 AM
Bump...big thighs over here too
April 6, 2011 6:28 AM
I have bigger thighs as well (genetics). I've been doing heavy weight training and HIIT cardio and while my thighs aren't skinny, they're very muscular and there is no jiggling when I run. Squats and lunges are going to be your savior.
April 6, 2011 6:29 AM
Yoga and pilates. I really like DVD's by Shiva Rea for Yoga. The Daily Energy Vinyasa Flow Yoga is in 20min segments and very doable for beginners and somebody more advanced. I like DVD's by Jennifer Kries for Pilates. Her Perfect Mix DVD being my favorite, but I only do the pilates part of it. It also has a cardio and yoga segments that I haven't tried.
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April 6, 2011 6:29 AM
I started in January w/28.5" thighs.. I am now at 25", I do squats, lunges and walking. I am one that gets muscular very easy, and I have noticed my hamstrings have tighten and toned quite abit, But it's taken off the fat also. When walking I am wearing ankle weights also to help tone.. It can be done, and you will see your muscle defnition start first and then the fatty tissue will start breaking down...
  3407969
April 6, 2011 6:31 AM
You cannot reduce just your thighs. You need to lose lose far over all your body. As you do so your thighs will eventually shrink as well.
  3004823
April 6, 2011 6:43 AM
Do low levels on the cardio machines at a fast pace. Most of the thinning will come from weight loss. All of my weight goes straight to my hips and its the last area to see a change. My hips were over 48 inches back in Dec 2010 and now im at 42 inches.

I like to lift weights, up the resistance levels and do tons on cardio. I got down to 143 lbs 7yrs ago and I was wearing a size 10 in pants. Through that weight loss I only dropped 2 pant sizes. Im not meant to be a bean pole. Im happier seeing muscle on my legs.

Ive spent the last 2 months building muscle and loosing inches. Not much was happening on the scale but I needed to see less cottage cheese and more definition. Talk to a trainer about how to target that area. You will need to build muscle but you don't want to look like Hulk. Muscle is denser than fat and will take up less room.

Try running, rowing, Zumba, bicycling, wall sits, side steps with a tension rope (outer thighs) and leg lunges (butt). Best of luck to you in your journey.
  852402
April 6, 2011 6:51 AM
Weight training, running and continue with diet and regular exercise. Unfortantly you can not spot train but you can add exercises to target your inner thighs such as weighted leg lifts and weighted inner thigh leg lifts. Hydren leg lifts, sumo squats, walkin side sumo lunges. I have "loose" skin on my inner thighs from losing weight that weight trainin may never be able to fix. I wish you luck and I hope that I could be of some help.
April 6, 2011 7:32 AM
Now that I am on a computer rather than on my tablet, I can give a longer answer. The best way to get rid of fat is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), or better yet the version of it that is a hybrid of HIIT and Strength Training called Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT). http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/rileysowner/view/metabolic-resistance-training-86959

This form of exercise burns far more fat than long duration steady state cardio, and my experience with it so far has been amazing. In those three weeks I have lost 1.25" on my hips, 1.25" on my waist, and 1" on my chest measurements. In that same time my weight has remained roughly the same (I am only looked to lose .5 pounds a weeks at this point and had a couple of cheat days in there as well which is normally only a once a month occurrence). Basically this means my body through MRT is resculpting getting rid of the fat and so becoming more lean and toned. I highly recommend this over doing long stretches of cardio at a more or less steady pace. Basically it turns into 3-4 workouts a week of 20-30 minutes (you can push longer if you really want to, but if you are doing it right you should be out of energy by 20-30 minutes usually closer to 20) You rest the other days and do a light workout to help your body recover from the MRT/HIIT workout. At this point I do all my MRT workouts only using body weight exercises, so you don't need lots of equipment to do it.
  3004823
April 6, 2011 7:35 AM
As many people have said, the combination of cardio and strength training along with sticking to your MFP calories is the key.

Personally I found adding kettlebell swings, which can be a bit of both, really made a difference for me. For the first time my upper jeans legs are loose! BUT not on their own.

Good luck!
  5028084
April 6, 2011 7:39 AM
this is my current leg slimming workout. twice a day or more whenever you can fit them in.

20 squats
30 lunges
40 toe touches
50 sec wall sit against a wall, knees flexed 90 degrees
100 sec jumping jacks
50 sec wall sit against a wall, knees flexed 90 degrees
40 toe touches
30 lunges
20 squats
  2020580
April 6, 2011 7:42 AM
You cannot spot train. So there is no point concentrating your exercise on your legs more than you want to.

If you have an area that retains fat, it's because your genetics dictate that that is where fat is stored. Men tend to retain love-handles and bellies, women retain boobs, hips and thighs. That's not because men do less sit-ups and women do less bench press than men, it's purely genetic.

The only hope you have of de-fatting that area is surgery (no no no no no, don't do it) or more fat-loss. Remember though, if you can tense it, it ain't fat, you're just muscular, so many women think they have fat legs because they only look at them when they're sitting down, whilst the men who are following them down the street disagree.

People who were previously overweight are likely to have very muscular legs, the muscles have grown to be able lift you up out of your chair, walk to the fridge etc. They are likely to slim down naturally once they realise they no longer have to be that strong to do your day to day activities. In fact, focussing high weight, low rep training on your legs could see your legs appear bigger, if the fat doesn't shift and the muscles get bigger and stronger, then you're going to have bigger legs.
Edited by darrenham On April 6, 2011 7:46 AM
April 6, 2011 7:43 AM
QUOTE:

You cannot spot train. If you have an area that retains fat, it's your genetics. The only hope you have of de-fatting that area is surgery (no no no no no) or more fat-loss. Remember though, if you can tense it, it ain't fat, you're just muscular.

People who were previously overweight are likely to have very muscular legs, the muscles have grown to be able lift you up out of your chair etc. They will naturally slim down once this extra strain is removed by you losing weight.


This. You have to reduce overall bodyfat to "tone" or thin areas. You can't do spot reduction.
April 6, 2011 7:45 AM
BUMP cause I need help too
April 6, 2011 7:47 AM
There is also no such thing as tone in the sense that most people think about it. Just definition. Definition only comes with the loss of sub-cutaneous (under the skin) fat.
April 6, 2011 7:48 AM
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This. You have to reduce overall bodyfat to "tone" or thin areas. You can't do spot reduction


You're too quick, I added an edit.
Edited by darrenham On April 6, 2011 7:49 AM
April 6, 2011 7:52 AM
Pilates should help...it doesn't burn a lot of cals but it's a great way to sculpt the thighs as well as the hips and tummy.smile
  3632928
April 6, 2011 8:48 AM
QUOTE:

You cannot reduce just your thighs. You need to lose lose far over all your body. As you do so your thighs will eventually shrink as well.


While I agree with this and this is very true for men - us women have a different hormonal profile and we tend to deposit fat in our hips and thighs. This fat is necessary for hormone production and does not want to go away very easily. However with exercise it can be improved. Squats, lunges, uphill walking, climbing stairs, yoga and pilates will help.

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