Weight loss is never an easy feat. It seems as though weight can creep up on us without us ever knowing how, or why, or even where it came from. For us women, scientific evidence has shown that carrying weight in the mid-section, buttocks, and thigh region is almost inevitable, and as we age, it can be extremely difficult to lose the weight due to an increase in cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone which is created within the body in both men and women. Over time, we tend to hold more cortisol levels than men in certain areas of their bodies, such as thighs, stomach, and buttocks, and it becomes increasingly harder to lose the weight.
When it comes to leg fat, it is one of the hardest areas to lose weight. Also, cellulite becomes problematic in areas where fat buildup is at an excess, and that also becomes harder to lose. Incorporating exercise, more water and less sugary beverages, and eating a healthy diet can play an integral role in losing some of the weight that becomes built up in the thigh and leg area, and are two of a woman’s best defenses to keep the fat and cellulite away.
There are many supplements and creams on the market who’s claim to fame is to relieve the appearance of thigh cellulite, but who’s results don’t measure up to the hype over the products. Sometimes these creams and pills are even harmful to consume or use, and have negative implications on one’s body. Just because the product touts itself as being ‘natural’ or ‘safe’, doesn’t mean it is. Many of the products on the market do not have FDA approval, and are not regulated by any entity, which means the claims they make don’t necessarily have to be true. If you must try a supplement, always ensure the products you choose to use have the FDA’s seal of approval.
One of the best exercises for leg fat loss, is squatting. A set of 10 squats twice per day can make all the difference in even just one week. Also, walking briskly for 30 minutes per day, at least 5 days a week will break down much of the cellulite and cause the fat cells within the legs to dissipate.
Although exercise and diet change is usually sufficient to control leg fat, some women will need hormone replacement therapies prescribed by their doctors in order to get control of fat cells within different areas of their body. If exercise, diet change, and increased water consumption doesn’t make any sort of improvement, speaking with your doctor regarding your weight loss goals is a smart option.
What Are the Best Exercises to Lose Leg Fat?
It seems that the belly and legs are the biggest problem areas for women trying to lose weight. While it may be difficult to shed pounds in these areas, there are a few things you can do to get the results you want. With the proper exercises, diets, and self-care, you can be on the way to slimmer legs in no time. Check out these fat busting exercises designed just for your legs.
Squats are great way to get tone in your calves, thighs, and buttocks. To perform this move, simply space your legs hip-distance apart and bend your knees and lower your bottom until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Balance in this position for a few seconds and slowly rise up. You can also do squats with an exercise ball that will increase the intensity of the squat and aid your posture.
Lunges give your legs a wonderful stretch and build up your muscle strength. Do this exercise while holding a dumbbell under 10 pounds in each hand and lunge forward with one leg. The other leg should be bent with the knee at least an inch above the ground. To stretch out the other leg, step back and do it again. You can also lunge to the left and right by standing up straight, and then leaning to the right or left with leg you’re leaning on bent, and the other leg stretched straight at a slant.
Kneel on the ground or a mat with your elbows bent down on the floor. Once in this position, lift your leg up and extend it completely behind your body. Then bend the opposite leg and pull it in so that you lightly tap the back of your extended knee. Repeat and then move to the other leg.
To perform these, lie down flat on the floor with your legs up and bent at the knee. Lift one leg either to the knee or until it’s fully extended and gently rotate it inside five to ten times, and then outside five to ten times. Bring the extended leg in and switch to the other leg.
Sit on the floor with your legs spread apart in the shape of a ‘V’. Stretch your body up and over your leg and touch your foot with your hand. Hold for ten seconds and then release. Perform the same technique on the other leg and then repeat for a combined total of 40 seconds of stretching.
Light running or jogging is great for shedding pounds from your legs. If jogging is difficult for you, a brisk walk will also do the trick. Be sure to walk or jog for at least thirty minutes nonstop for the best results. Always stretch before you go!
These exercises are great for ridding your legs of unwanted fat. Remember that exercise is only effective if you do it in moderation. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get lots of rest for the best results possible.