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How to Lose Thigh Fat

How to Lose Thigh Fat
The thighs are another stubborn part of the body when it comes to weight loss, and it might seem like your weight loss efforts aren't doing much. The most important thing is to focus on losing body fat more than anything else. By losing body fat, you will see weight loss all over your body and you won't have to worry about trying to lose weight in just one part of your body or figuring out how to lose thigh fat. You can't really lose weight in just one part of your body and you have to focus on lifestyle changes that will help you avoid weight gain. The HCG diet is one of the easiest ways to lose thigh fat and fat in other parts of your body, but some other small changes that you can make starting today will be discussed as well.

Cut unhealthy carbohydrates from your diet

Cutting unhealthy carbohydrates is one of the most important steps for losing thigh fat and just fat in general. You can lose a significant amount of weight just by avoiding sugar, grains, and starches. Grains and foods that are high in carbohydrates spike your blood sugar which in turn makes it much easier for your body to store fat. Several types of grains can also increase inflammation levels which in turn can make it easier to gain weight as many studies have found.

You don't have to cut all carbs out of your diet to lose thigh and midsection fat, nor should you. The key is to get most of your daily carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables. In a grain saturated society this can be difficult sometimes, but it's not impossible. Cutting carbohydrates is not as difficult as you might think, and you'll find that you can lose weight a lot more quickly if you avoid them.

Stay away from soda, candy, refined sugar, syrups, pastries, desserts, bread, white pasta and white rice, and potatoes if you are trying to lose weight. Even sweet potatoes, which some have touted as a great health food, aren't the healthiest option when you are trying to lose weight because of their starch content, but eating a sweet potato is a lot better than snacking on a bagel or a high calorie muffin.

Think about trying a low calorie diet

At the end of the day, you aren't likely to get amazing results just from making small dietary changes, and calorie restriction is one of the few proven methods that can give you real results within a short period of time.

Making long term changes ends up being difficult for a lot of people, and more often than not, weight loss is a battle that has its ups and downs. If you've noticed that you have put on more thigh fat, it's almost certainly the result of making bad choices with your meals, becoming more sedentary, or both. Both of these problems can be solved with a low calorie diet.

The HCG diet has become very popular because of how quickly it works, and although it is a very low calorie diet at just 500 calories per day, it's proven to be safe and effective for people who have struggled with losing weight around the midsection, thighs, and other parts of the body that are "€œ exercise resistant."€

If your BMI (body mass index) shows that you are overweight, obese or close to it, you are almost certainly going to benefit from a low calorie diet. In just a matter of weeks you can get the results with the body that you have been wanting for a long time, and it's a lot easier than spending hours at the gym. Exercise certainly has its role in helping define your body and increasing muscle mass, but you definitely need to diet to reduce your body fat.

Exercise is helpful for losing thigh fat

Exercise definitely has its role for losing thigh fat, and it should never be left out of the equation unless you are on a very low calorie diet. Exercising will definitely help you with getting the thigh muscle structure and definition that you want, and you should start incorporating leg workouts, cardiovascular exercise, and whole body workouts into your routine once you get close to your target weight.

Going on a cutting cycle with the HCG diet can be very effective at giving you a head start before you decide to exercise. You should not exercise while on the HCG diet at any point, but after the diet has been completed or during Phase 2 of the diet you certainly can, and by adding resistance training into your workout and doing whole body exercises you can reduce your body fat and increase muscle mass, both of which will help you get the body that you want.

The important thing to remember is that once the HCG diet is over you can't just jump right back into eating the way that you were before. You'll have to constantly limit your carbohydrate intake and stick to "€œgood carbs"€ as much as possible to maintain your weight and avoid putting the fat back on. You'll have to make the difficult but necessary dietary changes to maintain your results, but it's well worth the effort. Exercising can offset just a small amount of the dietary mistakes that you make, so eating a healthy diet is essential.

Don't focus just on one part of your body

Although you might constantly be thinking about your thighs, abs, or other specific parts of your body, just remember that being healthy and losing weight requires a whole body approach. You have to lower your body fat percentage to a healthy range for your sex and height, you have to avoid carbs from low quality sources, and you have to exercise as much as you can. Get as much natural physical activity in your life as you can such as walking, taking the stairs, biking or hiking, and it can make a major difference as well in the long term.

Every little step that you take on a daily basis will quickly add up, and if you want to see results more quickly, definitely consider a very low calorie diet which is not only safe, it is also one of the best ways for you to sculpt your body and get a headstart on a healthy lifestyle.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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