How to Get Rid of Thigh Fat

how to get rid of thigh fat

Everybody has those trouble spots where they simply feel they cannot lose weight. Maybe you want to know how to get rid of thigh fat to get leaner and more toned thighs. How do you lose the stubborn fat that clings to your legs for dear life?! Well, if you are one of those people who is trying to get rid of thigh fat to reveal leaner and more toned legs then you’re not alone, but I have some bad news for you. Many people have never been told this and live their whole lives believing what has probably become the number one fitness myth out there… you can’t target an area of your body and experience weight loss from that area alone. The only way to spot treat an area is through surgery.

You Cannot Spot Remove Fat

That’s right, I said it. Doing sit-ups won’t make you lose belly fat and doing a bunch of squats won’t make you lose the fat off your thighs. Now before you get too worked up over this bad news let me tell you the good part. Weight loss is a process that occurs more or less evenly across your entire body. If you lose weight on the scale you will be losing that weight roughly proportionally over your entire body. Your body cannot choose where to burn fat from and it does not choose to burn fat closest to the muscles being used. Now I know this might not sound like good news to those of you trying to get rid of fat on your thighs, or any specific area for that matter, but the benefit to this is that as long as you’re losing weight you will be getting rid of thigh fat, and losing weight happens with a pretty simple formula.

How to Lose Weight to Get Rid of Thigh Fat

A lot of people overcomplicate the issue of weight loss, but it’s something that most people have an intuitive understanding of the basics. You will lose weight whenever there is a deficiency in the amount of energy your body takes in versus how much energy it is using. In other words, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn [1]. You have two options regarding how to tip this equation in your favor when trying to lose weight. One option is to eat less. By doing so you are putting your body in a position where it is not receiving enough energy to fuel itself, so it has to start using the energy it has already stored as fat in order to keep going. The other option is to be more active, thus causing your body to burn more calories, which if you are eating the same amount, will still cause an energy deficiency that will need to be filled using energy from stored fat.

If you follow that simple formula you will lose weight and your thighs will begin to get leaner. Many people fail when it comes to losing weight not because it’s complicated but because it is challenging. It requires discipline but it is a journey worth taking and the reward is immensely satisfying.


    1. The Role of Exercise and Physical Activity in Weight Loss and Maintenance
      Damon L. Swift, Ph.D.,1,2 Neil M. Johannsen, Ph.D.,3,5 Carl J. Lavie, M.D.,3,6 Conrad P. Earnest, Ph.D.,4 and Timothy S. Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.3 Prog Cardiovasc Dis. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2015 Jan 1. Published in final edited form as:
      Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2014 Jan-Feb; 56(4): 441–447. Published online 2013 Oct 11. doi: [10.1016/j.pcad.2013.09.012]
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