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Decrease thigh size?


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I've recently gone on a diet to get rid of my bad eating habits and to decrease my thight/hip size.

I'm 5'8.5" and I weigh 129 lb... I know this sounds little but trust me, I'm a HUGE pear shape. My mother calls me J.Lo. All bottoms looks very strange on me.

What exercises can I do to decrease my thighs and hip size? I want something that will make them a ton smaller, not make them bigger (as did one exercise that I tried). I also don't want to build a lot of muscle in that area, as again, my thighs will be bigger.

Should I also eat certain foods at certain times of the day? I've read that fruits shouldn't be eaten past lunch but replaced with veggies to help with the problem. Thoughts?

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I have the same problem, I would like to know the answer for this as well.

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i know what you mean i m 5 '4 and when i weighed 117 and was ll bones  yes i has a great cushion and thighs

now at 38 .....i m at 122 after gaing and loosing child birth and all and still i ve got my but and thighs that just won t shrink

 

at the gym a trainer said the sucess would be though squats with weights

lunges ,but i have not yet attempted it i feel funny doing this acting like a darm ostrige ( i m sure i ve spelled it wrong ) 

 

so anyone have another solution please .........spread the love and give us your tricks

folks, the proportions you're talking about are genetic... you can't change how your body distributes fat... this is like a girl with small boobs asking how she can get more fat in her boobs... you cant move fat...

 

the best you can do is get your whole body healthy so that you look as good as you can look.  and if you wanted to take focus off your bottom, you could always put weight up TOP to distract you from the bottom (muscle is the only thing you can target like this).  so you could get strong arms and shoulders which could make your top look bigger, thus making your bottom look smaller.

 

but the short answer to your question is.... there is no way to change from pear to hour glass any more than there is to change from cat to dog :)

Original Post by siobhansleepy:

Should I also eat certain foods at certain times of the day? I've read that fruits shouldn't be eaten past lunch but replaced with veggies to help with the problem. Thoughts?

That's just silly. Do you really think that if you eat an apple at 10am it will have a different effect on your body type than if you eat it at 2pm? If you notice certain cravings or sugar highs/lows throughout the day, you can figure out what foods help you keep going all day, but it has nothing to do with fat loss.

There is no such thing as spot burning, and the only way to lose fat on one part of your body is total fat loss - some of it will come from that particular part.

That said, the best way to get an hourglass shape from a pear shape is to lift heavy weights for your upper body (use heavy weights for your lower body, too, but that's more for general fat loss, since lower body has more large muscle groups). Strengthening your back and shoulders can give the appearence of an hourglass, plus give you better posture. And who doesn't love nice shoulders? (One note: heavy is a relative term - heavy for you is how much you can lift for particular exercise just barely getting to 3 sets of 12 reps.)

Generally speaking, you lift heavy weight, low reps to build bulk and light weight, high reps to lean out. In other words, try using exercises for your lower body w/ a weight that you can do 25-30 reps at. Try 3-4 sets of each exercise. That would be my recommendation. Also, lots of walking/light running along with it.

When I did the couch potato to 5k, a running program, I lost a lot of weight but I really noticed it in my legs and behind.  I dunno if that helps.

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I'm 5'4 my thighs are currently 19 inches.  I ride my bike, jog, do single leg lunges & rotational lunges with shoulder press.  But the most important thing is my *Diet*.  I have cut out all Trans fats & HFCS.  Meanwhile I've increased my intake of good fats, high quality lean meats, fruits/veggies & No fat Milk. Along with an occasional glass of red wine.

Daily Cal intake is 1,700

Good luck you can do it

 

Thank you! I've cut out many unhealthy fats as well, except chocolate. That one's staying =D

Original Post by sully123456:

Generally speaking, you lift heavy weight, low reps to build bulk and light weight, high reps to lean out. In other words, try using exercises for your lower body w/ a weight that you can do 25-30 reps at. Try 3-4 sets of each exercise. That would be my recommendation. Also, lots of walking/light running along with it.

 Generally speaking, that's wrong. What builds muscle is what maintains muscle, and while dieting the very best you can do is to maintain your existing muscle mass - unless you're a complete beginner in the first 6-8 weeks of a training program where you might gain some insignificant (~1-2lbs) muscle mass due to "newbie shock growth".See 6 to 8 reps or 8 to 12 reps or 10 to 15 reps does it matter from the FAQ up top for details.

I have a similar problem in that im faily bottom heavy, however iv'e been with a persoan trainer who is also a competion winning figure althlete.

As some of the guys have said you can't spot reduce, when you lose weight you lose it from where ever your pobdy chooses to take it from, for me this means i lose it from my upper body first.

This created an obsticale for me and my trainer luckily for me she's trained hundred's of pear shaped women in the past, what we are doing to "combat" he pear shaped look is.  : -

We are adding so much muscle to my upper body as possible, while concentrating on trying to add thickness to my shoulders (i also have the disadvantage of a wide rib cage which means i don't naturally have much of a waist) so we are trying to create the illusion of one.

While we are doing this i am doing limited training on my legs, so that they are gaining muscle just not to the same degree as my upper body, so in other words instead of trying to bring down the legs, we are bringing up the upper body to meet them to even me out.

This way when i lose the fat (and it leaves my upper body more than my lower body) my upper body will remain in proportion and it won't look skinny.

which tbh has always been my problem in the past ... i've lost the weight off my thigh's before though just diet my i always looked sick from the waist up once my weight get's low enough that my thihg's are a resonable size.

 

 

I am a pear shape. No doubt about it. But now I am running 5 miles every single day. On Tues/Thurs along with my running, I go to the Y for a boot camp. I am already seeing results!

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