In the entire month of June last year, I did only one or two arm videos. Maybe about two days a week I will do 2 videos on cardio and HIIT. But every time I workout, I will incorporate leg workout. I exercises about 75% of my 6 days a week plan lol.
So, when school started, people are asking what I did to make my arms smaller. I was happy, but.. My legs~
Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful that I lost weight in my arms as well. But I focused working out my legs so much, and barely focused on my arms. My legs were getting minimal results… While, my arms had visible results! Yes, diet plays a part too and that I regret. It was something I didn’t pay attention too.
So anyway, because of this, I believe in the saying where you can’t spot reduce, and cardio burns fats overall – you can’t choose where.
A little off the topic – Thigh gaps
Thigh gap is not everything. Not having a thigh gap, does NOT mean you have thunder thighs. There’s more to life, than just thigh gaps.
What matters most, is your health. Not everyone have or can archive thigh gaps, because it depends on your bone structure.
Back to the topic – Solutions to overcome thunder thighs
For me, my body chose to lose fats everywhere BUT my thighs 😦 I did some googling, seeing if anyone has overcame the same situation.
AND GUESS WHAT?! Found it! 😀
From calorie count.about.com, I’ve sum things up on what worked for fellow pear-shapes:
Bike with mag resistance on lightest setting (i don’t really get this), pilates, thigh master
From healthtipsfromchelsea, I can totally relate with her! Fats beings so stubborn in the thigh area and trying everything to rid the fat there. Plus, she is a bikini competitor, and therefore, definitely tried and tested.
What she says, is to cut out sugar and eat clean. I’m so gonna try this (the sugar part for now) and let you know how it goes!
From dailymail, it says thunder thighs might be due to genes. Dang it!! I hope not! But don’t lose hope, we can still exercise to keep fit and maybe even lose that few centimeters possible.
From fitmommydiaries, she also went through the same thing – gaining weight first in the thigh area. Her experience confirmed that we cannot spot reduce and the only way is to reduce overall body fat percentage (do cardio). Along with healththisfromchelsea, clean eating and staying away from sugar helped in reducing thigh fat.
Stretching (pilates and yoga) also helped.
This brings me to the next, and final point from what I learnt in the above pages: It is 80% diet and 20% working out. If all else fails, let’s embrace our thighs. They take us places 🙂 We are not alone either, most women’s problem areas are the butt and thighs. We should actually embrace it already anyway, love yourself sisters 🙂
We should still tone the thighs despite the fats covering the muscles, because muscles do convert fats and also burns fat. It doesn’t burn fat as effectively as cardio does but it still do. When the fats finally get melted off (remember to continue with your cardio), your toned thighs will already be showing 😀 Continue doing your leg raises, squats and all that leg exercises!
-Eat clean, eat clean and eat clean.
-Cut out processed sugar. Sugar is a big NO.
-Do cardio and just keep doing it even though the fat is going off your arms, boobs, tummy or wherever instead of your thighs. Because it finally will when you overall fat percentage is low enough (for your body).