48lbs lost and my thighs arnt getting any smaller, help!

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dieter93

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 10:02
I've lost 48lbs in total over the last 5 months, my stomach and other areas have notice difference but my thighs just won't shrink, is there any exercises I can do to help them tone up and get small?
jessie1326

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 10:22
If you're asking about targeted fat loss, the answer is unfortunately, no. It just isn't possible to target fat loss to a particular part of the body. Have you been taking measurements? You may have lost some from your thighs and just can't see it yourself.

Having said that, you can do muscle-building exercises for your thighs to give them a more toned look overall. At your weight, it may be that building some muscle is what you really need to make them look the way you want, not losing more fat. If there is more fat to lose, building muscle will help, too, and you'll have toned, sexy thighs underneath when the fat decides to budge. Try squats and other leg strength-builders. Good luck!
Stella1964

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 10:44
That's the bane of most women, myself included. Those darned thighs! Jessie1326 is correct in that you can't exactly target fat loss to any particular part of the body. If that were the case, I'd love to keep all of my fat in my boobs, but alas they are but a memory of their previous glory Smile Seriously, those thighs! Arrrggh! Hugely my problem too. And even when I'm 130lbs (I'm 5'4" so that's really thin for my frame), my thighs thunder along. No amount of exercise has helped me there, but you know after a while you think, ok, that's me and my thighs are great. Repeat it daily. My thighs are great my thighs are great...after all, they get you where you're going, right?
k8yk

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 10:57
I need to get in on some of this this thigh love as I struggle with that myself.

I agree with taking measurements and that strength training will make your legs look better and more shapely- but be warned that squats and lunges will not make your legs smaller and may increase the overall size due to muscle growth.
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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 11:15
I agree with all the above. There is also the genetic factor.. I was blessed with German/Ukrainian working thighs as I call them... which means no matter how small I get I will always have bigger thighs than I would like (and I know this because they were still big when I was 100 pounds) however you can always make them more shapely which is preferable in my opinion.

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AnnaPo

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 13:03
My experience has been that I will be absolutely sure that my legs aren't getting smaller, but I am consistently able to fit into smaller and smaller trousers. Presumably my thighs are still in the same proportion to the rest of my body, which makes me think that they're not smaller, though they are. Perhaps something similar is happening with you? Refer to the above comments to measure, if you're in doubt.

Regarding thigh love: while there are parts of my thighs that are just not lovely, I do love how weightlifting has made my hamstrings look, heh. And since it's not in my genetics to have super trim thighs, I just try to appreciate how awesome my legs are, for being so strong and capable of doing every hard or fun thing I ask of them. Silly, and difficult to manage during swimsuit season, but there it is. Smile
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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 13:07
Pixidaisy, I love your "German/Ukranian working thighs" mantra. I don't know if I have any German or Ukranian blood in me (maybe a bit German), but from now on I'm going to also adopt the view that my thighs as "working thighs" nonetheless. Now I guess I better just put them to work, right? Ha ha!
Stella1964

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Posted: 12 Feb 2011, 15:16
Notice the trend here? I never hear of anyone who has magazine-perfect thighs. So maybe we're the normal ones?! Our thighs are just fine as they are, thank you very much. Let's start looking at media models as abnormal, and ourselves as nature's diverse perfection.
lmc083

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Posted: 12 Feb 2011, 16:15
I also need to jump in on this -

I'm 5'5" and 130 pounds, and I swear at least 95 of that is in my thighs. Even in my gangly youth days of 100 pounds, I've never known what it was like to not have my thighs rub together when I walked. Cellulite and all. My sister is 5'2", 100 pounds soaking wet and SHE has cellulite. After seeing someone who honestly needs to gain some weight, I will never again believe any magazine is not photo-shopped!

A few tips I learned - kate is right when she says targeting your thighs will not necessarily decrease the size of them. For a long time I did all my cardio on the elliptical and my legs just kept looking beefier. I switched to walking/jogging and have noticed a difference. I also do a lot of strength training, but keep it to just my body weight and high reps for my lower half. I have a book called "8 minutes in the morning to lean hips and thighs" by Jorge Cruise - take a look for it.
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 07:11
Imc083...I own Photoshop myself and I have seen the power of this application to change how someone looks on paper or the screen. It's scary. In short, I'm convinced nothing we see in the media in terms of how things, not just people, appear, is for the most part, false.

Yours in thigh-rubbing solidarity Smile
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 08:08
I agree with Imc083. Most, if not all of the pictures are photoshop'd to some degree. I own the program myself (I draw with it) and if you know how to use it you can edit and create ANYTHING. There's not just Photoshop, too. I can change what you look like with GIMP and even something as basic as Paint. It's really hard to tell what's real and what's fake with the technology we have today. In the media, we see what is now considered beautiful, handsome, and sexy. We're not seeing what's really there, only the idea.. :/
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 09:44
hi sarah, I can really feel with you - those damned thighs! As a teenager and young adult, slim except for the powerful thighs, I dreamt about surgery (never did it 'though). When I gained weight later, most of it accumulated there, of course. 6 years ago, however, I went really low-carb, lost 80 lbs and, for the first time in my life, fit into slim-fit jeans. Due to many reasons (and excuses) I changed my lifestyle, tried vegan, vegetarian, and finally a diet called "Schlank im Schlaf" or "Insulin Food Combining" developed by a German endocrinologist, Dr. Pape, which certainliy didn't work for me as I gained 5 kilos within 2 months.
As he stresses the importance of carbs he recommends eating only carbs for breakfast, whatever you want for lunch and low-carb for dinner. Those breakfast carbs went straight to my thighs. Thus, as of today, I'm on Atkins, and hope that I'll be successful again. What diet are you on? I would like to know if anyone else had a similar experience.
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 09:51
I'm enjoying this thread a lot. Thanks, Sarah for starting it. AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS!!!!!

Sounds like your body doesn't want to hold on to the fat around your belly. It prefers storing it around your thighs. Plus your natural build comes into play.

To answer your question, if it's any consolation to you, to once your body drops all the fat from the places it doesn't want to store it, it may then lastly let go of some of the fat around the hip/thigh region.

I agree with what some of the other posters have said about appreciating your thighs and even liking them. Maybe you could get some pictures of beautiful actresses, singers, (dancers especially), with thighs and stick them on a "make peace with my thighs vision board"? Some of those dancers on "so you think you can dance" have great thighs in my opinion Very Happy

My thunder thighs, I love them. As long as I'm toned up, that's fine. I think hips, thighs with a nice slim waist are sexy. I like the affirmation idea above too Smile
Being from Jamaican heritage, I appreciate that type of beauty.

I can see how it can be harder if your standard of beauty is based upon slim legged type. Doubt I personally think people with that build have a different type of beauty. Not better.

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Stella1964

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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 13:50
My husband says he, and the majority of his guy friends, loves the "real woman" fleshy thighs, butt, hips etc. Who are we trying to please anyway? And against what perceived benchmark are we basing ourselves? See how poluted media is? How about we focus on getting to fitness level that will give us longevity and agility...the rest will come.

Still thundering along, but having loads of fun doing it... Smile
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 14:26
I have the opposite problem. I have lost almost 50 lbs, and my thighs and hips reduced almost immediately. However, I have lost hardly anything from my waist. It's better to lose from your waist, because it's the most unhealthy kind of fat. It's better to have fat on your thighs than on your waist.
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 14:37
I think everybody has their body issue. And I definitely agree about the unreasonable standards of beauty. Some women have thick thighs. We can't all have the same body type.
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 15:39
Like Stella, I've also had many men say that the curvy hips/thighs/butt are the first thing they look at. Guess they must be ones really geared for procreation Wink
I also agree with Howbad... about learning to appreciate the natural body/shape you have! I often joke about how men should immediately sense my (what's the female form of the word virility??)
I'm tempted to take a picture of my bare thighs and post it on up here, but fear the resolution on my camera simply wouldn't showcase the cellulite in all its glory Razz
lmc083

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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 15:41
Oh, and Stella - LOVED your closing on that post! thigh-rubbing solidarity. LOL!
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Posted: 13 Feb 2011, 18:37
I think you're looking for the word "fecundity," lmc083...

And I have to join all the ladies who are disappointed in the size of their thighs. I would love to be able to wear a shirt without tights or shorts or something underneath...I swear, in the summer, I look like someone has poured an entire kettle of boiling water in my lap if I even attempt skirts bare legged!

But mostly I'm proud of my legs...they may be thunder thighs, but they certainly help me thunder along on my bike!


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Posted: 14 Feb 2011, 12:27
I have to say that my legs are my best feature. I'm apple-shaped (dammit!) so I have a rather large belly. My husband insists I'm proportianate, I know otherwise... Smile

The reason I love my cottage-cheesed, rubbing extemities is because they get me from here to there and mostly because I used to hate my legs in my teenage years. I grew up being told that I had knobby knees, stumpy legs, etc... So I had an acute dislike of said limbs until one day I was out delivering in Vegas when one of the dock workers had me get to the front of the line w/ my truck. When asked why by another driver he said simpy "her legs look better than yours". I was shocked. I said he was joking and he said no, that I had a pair of the nicest legs he's ever seen in real life. Wow. After that, I wore shorts all the time, exercised every day and just reveled in the fact that I had great legs. That was at 190lbs, (I tend to be muscular)... At 230lbs, I still love my legs and am trying to love my belly! LOL So what I'm trying to say in short is what everyone else is saying as well-- we all have an issue of some kind w/ our body. How WE see it is usually not how others see it.

Love 'em and you'll be seeing the difference before you know it! Try resistance training and you'll be amazed at the difference in your overall appearance! Congrats on your weight loss! That is awesome!


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