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How to Get Rid of Thigh Fat

How to Get Rid of Thigh Fat

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How to get rid of thigh fat

It's a phenomenon few women talk about, but those of us who have gained and lost weight throughout our lives know it's real. You've started a diet, eating four or five nutritious meals a day. You're exercising with weights. You're walking, biking, or swimming. You're doing everything you're supposed to be doing. And then you look in the mirror and the discouragement instantly sets in. Your thighs and butt look like all those cellulite pictures you've seen throughout the years that you never thought would be you. It's demoralizing, discouraging, and enough to send you back to the pint of ice cream calling you from the freezer.

You think, "Why even try if I'm going to look like this?" You give up.

Does this sound like you? If so, you're not alone. As millions of women age they face the reality that their body isn't what it used to be. As the years add up, accumulation of bad habits takes its toll. Bad diet habits and little exercise leaves your body tired and out of shape.

Typically it's sometime in our thirties or forties that we see the not-so-desirable changes happening and we decide to do something about it. We join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or peruse the diet and fitness section of the bookstore. We start eating smaller meals throughout the day consisting of healthy proteins and carbs, and begin a workout routine. The Biggest Loser becomes are favorite TV show and we're inspired by the contestant's remarkable journey.

But then something unexplainable happens. Something no one talks about. You look in the mirror and your legs look like the craters on the moon. Better yet, craters on a moon that lost some of its air. Like a deflated basketball, saggy skin on loose fat is all you see. What in the world happened?

What happens when you diet as you increase in age is that the underlying fat cells are shrinking, you are losing size, but your skin is not as elastic as it used to be. The temporary effect is sagging skin on top of a not very tone underlying structure. Visually in our culture the result is quite undesirable. Sure you've lost weight and are smaller in size, but this is not the look you were shooting for.

Think of it a little like a grape turning into a raisin. As the grape dries and loses mass, the outside skin does not have the elasticity to shrink with it. The result is the shriveled up appearance of the raisin and that is exactly what you're seeing with your thighs and butt.

But unlike a grape and raisin, your skin does have elasticity, albeit not as good as it once was. The key is to continue with your diet and exercise routine, allowing your skin to catch up with what's going on with your shrinking fat cells. It will happen, it just takes longer than it used to.

When women in their forties and fifties are preparing for a fitness competition, this is exactly what they face. They know through experience that it's just a matter of time, and a lot of patience and perseverance to achieve the desired look they are striving for (see: My Weight Loss Time Lapse Transformation).

So hang in there when you're feeling discouraged by what you're seeing in the mirror. Know that this is perfectly normal and natural, and that it's truly only temporary. Stay committed to your goal and reap the rewards.

Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

Member Comments

This post has given me hope...having recently dieted to low body fat levels I was horrified to see my 40 year old thighs aren't what they used to be! My thighs have literally 'dropped', causing a concertina of wrinkled flesh above my knees...please don't say that despite achieving my fittest body ever, deadlifting, lunging and squatting my butt off, that my days of wearing shorts and miniskirts are over already??
--janesusanne

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