Before you set about losing weight from thighs first understand the factors that influence the size of your thighs. This will allow you to choose the right thigh exercises, tailored to your needs, goals and body type.
WHAT CAUSES BIG THIGHS?
Women and men have so-called sex-specific fat deposits. Sex hormones affect fat distribution. Estrogen directs fat to deposit around the pelvis, buttocks, and outer and inner thighs of women, while testosterone means men store fat in the belly area. This makes it far more difficult for women to shift fat from the hips, butt and thighs than from other areas of the body – areas of so-called stubborn fat. While it is obviously the bane of many a woman’s life, there is a biological advantage – this type of fat is thought to play a role in fertility and lactation. Interestingly, it appears that during lactation, this stubborn fat is not quite so stubborn and easier to budge than normally.
2. BODY SHAPE
Your body shape will have a bearing on the size of your thighs. Pear-shaped women tend to have larger thighs and butt, while cone-shaped women tend to have slim thighs and legs compared to the rest of their body. However, you don’t have to have skinny legs to have a great body. Fuller thighs and butt means a more shapely, amazing body!
As explained above, most women will have a natural tendency to deposit fat in their outer and inner thighs. This means that this is can be one of the hardest places to lose fat. So you need to be patient and determined to see results. Therefore, you can strip away thigh fat, but it will take time. Use the body fat calculator to determine your body fat percentage.
The best thigh exercises for you are the ones that don’t simply firm and tone, but burn fat (see how to lose fat from thighs). If you don’t burn fat, you wont get slimmer thighs. Thus, any thigh exercises that only firm thighs, but do not burn fat will do little to actually slim thighs, since your thigh muscles remain firmly hidden under a layer of thigh fat.
Another reason for large thighs is naturally large thigh muscles. Muscle is made up of muscle fibers. There are different types of muscle fibers, which also vary in size. You are probably have a larger proportion of Type II muscle fibers (large) commonly found in sprinters and power athletes than Type I fibers (small) generally found in endurance athletes. Muscular thighs, even if thighs are toned, means larger thighs. Unfortunately, you can’t shift muscle like you can shift fat. Not that you would want to. Muscle is healthy!
However, if you feel that your thighs have got larger since you started exercising, when your goal was to lose inches, it may be the case that you have inadvertently been doing exercises that build mass in that area. High-resistance/ high-incline exercise (e.g. treadmill or elliptical trainer) or spot reduction exercises for your thighs/ inner thigh exercises may have made your thigh muscles bigger (see how to lose weight from thighs). For example, sports such as sprinting, ice skating and dancing also tend to produce powerful thighs. But remember muscular thighs, are powerful thighs! And strong is beautiful!