When you start to accumulate fat you will definitely start to put on additional weight. Some parts of the body more obviously show the additional weight than others. This article focuses on women and how to lose weight in your buttocks and thighs.
Many women get upset about having the additional weight in their thighs and buttocks. It can seem like no matter how much dieting and exercising you do the stubborn “thigh and buttocks weight” won’t go away! Some find it amusing to refer to women as being “pear shaped”…who wants to be told they look like a piece of fruit right?! But honestly women by nature carry more weight in the region below the waist then they do above it. Losing weight in your buttocks and thighs is one of the biggest concerns for women of all ages and can be accomplished by doing a few simple and consistent things.
When taking on any task you should first think positive and realistically, and this is especially important when trying to lose weight. A healthy diet consisting of lean protein, fruits and vegetables and whole grains and very limited in sugar and white flour is a great place to start. Also exercising for 30 minutes or more every day is very helpful. You can’t complain about being overweight if you are just going to sit around and not work towards a goal of losing the additional unwanted pounds!
There are many different and even fun exercises that you can do that will help shed the fat from your thighs and buttocks, including skipping, bike riding, swimming, running, jogging or walking, elliptical machine, and jumping rope. You could do these exercises together or one every day for a set amount of time. Some people like to say that variety is the spice of life so try doing several one after the other as a routine workout. Jumping rope is a good warm up exercise to start with. There are different ways to jump rope, one foot at a time or both feet together, which ever you are most comfortable with will work just fine. Try to do a good aerobic exercise at a consistent pace for the bulk of your workout (70-80% of your time), bike riding, jogging, swimming or running are good examples. Don’t forget a cool down period before you end your workout, maybe a short walk for 5 minutes or so. Make it fun so you won’t get bored, listen to music, watch television or if you are outside take a different route each time to see different surroundings!
No matter how much jogging, running, swimming or jumping rope you do you have to remember that you also need to have a good diet plan and stick to it or all your hard work will be wasted. Try to find a meal plan that works for your lifestyle and schedule, and stay away from diets that tell you to eat next to nothing; they will just keep you hungry and snacking at all hours of the day. They are also counterproductive since they cause the body to store the fat and not to burn it. You want to keep full by eating 5 to 6 small meals a day, this keeps your metabolism running at a good pace for your body to burn fat throughout the day which is the goal.
Even though you are eating more meals every day you still want to cut back the calories you are taking in. Eating a good size breakfast is also a great tip. If you eat something like oatmeal with fruit that has a lot of fiber in it, you will stay full for longer and then when you get hungry late morning try snacking on a banana, apple or celery with peanut butter.
Also try eating foods that are said to be “fat burners” such as eggs, beans, salmon, tuna, avocado, peppers, any green or leafy vegetables, skinless chicken and turkey and green tea or skim milk. Some are even part of the group of “healthy carbs” that you may be craving. Some of us just crave those carbs and in this case you can have them, the healthy ones that is, and in moderation. Choose the whole grains, beans, and the fruits and vegetables (some already listed) that will keep you satisfied but still on track to meet your goal. These foods have many other nutrients besides the obvious health benefits that will keep you full and you metabolism running high to burn off that unwanted fat. Whole grains are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help to protect against coronary heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Here is a good way to distinguish between the health and unhealthy carbs:
Healthy carbs or good carbs include whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are digested slowly, helping you feel full longer and keeping blood sugar and insulin levels stable.
Unhealthy carbs or bad carbs are foods such as white flour, refined sugar and white rice that have been stripped of all bran, fiber and nutrients. These foods digest quickly and cause spikes in blood sugar levels and energy.
As you can see there are obvious benefits to the good carbs over the bad ones and there are more good ones then you may think. Whole grains can include brown rice, barley, quinoa and whole wheat pasta. The one thing you want to be sure of is that you are actually getting real whole grains. Multi-grain and stone-ground and 100% wheat are deceptive words that look like whole grain buy are NOT. It must say specifically 100% whole wheat or whole grain to be real whole grains. If you are still skeptical about whether you will like the whole grain rice or pasta over your normal pasta and rice, try mixing them and then adding more of the whole grain version each time and eventually you will be rid of the refined pastas and breads from your diet!
Don’t forget when getting caught up in the “What should I eat” that what to drink is also important. Drinking water is also a very important thing to do for you to lose weight. So drink several glasses of water a day.
Stick to the diet and exercise plan daily and you will see the results you are hoping for. Just stay positive and understand that this is not something that happens overnight, it takes time and patience but you will get there! Good luck!