Many people starting on a weight loss program focus initially on waist and belly fat. That’s all well and good and it’s important too from a health standpoint. Belly fat has been proven to be medically hazardous.

But a very beneficial thing to focus on as well is to get slimmer thighs.

This seems counterintuitive as you look in the mirror in the morning before leaving for work. After all, from an appearance perspective, the world is most likely to notice your waist and belly first. And from a wardrobe perspective, those are the areas of your body that are giving you the most headache, right?

So why is it important to get slimmer thighs? Well as has been written about in other articles on this site, you can’t simply target one area of your body as your goal for losing fat. Fat will be reduced from your body in a balanced way from all parts of your body in proportions dictated by your specific genetic makeup.

And as has also been written in other articles, losing fat requires a combination of diet and exercise. And here’s where it pays to focus on ways to get slimmer thighs.

In our legs and particularly the thighs, are some of the largest muscles in our body. And muscle tissue, just for simple life maintenance functions (including while you sleep), burns calories at a faster rate than other tissue types.

And not only that, these big leg muscles burn a lot of calories when asked to do work.

So by all means do create a good diet for yourself. Make it high fiber, high calcium, vitamin rich, and zero trans-fats. Manage it to provide yourself with a slight deficit of calorie intake versus your daily calorie output. And drink lots of water. You will lose weight doing this.

Read our article for more specific diet information – –  Healthy Foods For Weight Loss.

And create an exercise program that has balance so that all muscle groups in the body get worked. But put more emphasis on your leg exercises so that you end up toning the muscle you already have and building some new muscle too. If you do this while maintaining a slight calorie intake deficit,  here’s what will happen:

  • The exercise will burn calories.
  • Your metabolism will increase and burn calories faster.
  • Your new leg muscles will burn more calories.
  • You’ll be losing fat.
  • And you will get slimmer thighs.

This is standard “diet-speak.” You know, “less calories in than out equals fat loss.” But this doesn’t have to be as dreadful as you might believe. There are ways to eat VERY comfortably without counting calories and still be actively losing fat.

CLICK HERE for a no calorie counting approach to losing fat.

Specific exercises to do to help you get slimmer thighs are included in these two articles;  Thigh Toning Exercises  and  Exercise For the Inner Thighs.

And here’s a tip to help you be successful in meeting your goals.

Don’t just wake up some fine, bright, sunny day and say to yourself, “today I’m going to start a diet and exercise program to get slimmer thighs”. Granted, at some point you have to make a decision. But implement your decision slowly and methodically.

Make changes in your diet gradually so that your mind and body adjust to the changes and the changes can become habits instead of merely abrupt changes. This reduces stress – – very important.

And for exercises, start slowly also. Especially for leg exercises it’s important to be gradual. Remember, these are very large muscles. If your leg exercise routine is too aggressive to start with, those large muscles will give you very large pain. Be gentle on yourself.

And drink lots of water. It will keep your body well hydrated and increase your metabolism.

And as always, please be sure that before starting on any diet or exercise program, you check with your physician first to get their concurrence and advice about your plans and goals.

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