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Target Problem Area: Thighs

February 13, 2013

Thigh Liposuction

We all have problem areas on our bodies that seem more difficult than not to trim down. For most, the thighs are the biggest problem area and, of course, this area seems to be the most difficult to tone. So what are our options?

It all starts with making some lifestyle changes. First, you can establish healthier eating habits. Second, you can implement particular problem-area targeted exercises to help reduce thigh fat.

But sometimes there are fatty deposits that diet and exercise just can’t fix. In these cases, the most responsive way to lose that fat is thigh liposuction. Although this can be a long-term contour change, the fat can return if you don’t continue with the diet and exercise to maintain the body of your dreams.

Diet Tips for Thigh Fat

What many don’t realize is that yo-yo dieting actually worsens your chances of maintaining and even increases fat deposits in problem areas such as the thighs. The key with nutrition and targeting problem areas such as thigh fat is a consistently healthy, well-balanced diet. In fact, it’s important to make such an adjustment by abandoning the mind-set of being “on a diet” and instead altering your lifestyle. Fill your meals and snacks with nutritious foods such as lean protein and those that are high in fiber and low in sugars and fats.

High-fiber foods include:
  • Whole grains—oatmeal
  • Whole-grain bread and pastas
  • Brown rice
  • Air-popped popcorn
Other fiber-rich foods include certain fruits and vegetables such as:
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Berries
  • Apples
As for lean proteins, you have a wide selection to choose from:
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Lean cuts of red meat
  • Skinless poultry
Another very important factor in trying to improve the look of your thighs is hydration. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink approximately 13 cups of water a day and 9 for women. When the body is dehydrated, it’s unable to function optimally and work as efficiently and effectively as it possibly can. There is also a direct correlation between hydration and a person’s metabolism, endurance, etc. Staying hydrated will help keep the body functioning optimally and help you better address problem areas.

Exercise Tips for Thigh Fat

A quick and widely used way to reduce overall body fat is through cardio exercise for a minimum 30 minutes three to four times a week. Other exercises specific to burning thigh fat and toning the thighs include Pliés, Leg Circles and Circuit training.

To do Pliés, you need to stand with your feet just wider than the width of your shoulders. Place your feet so your toes point slightly outward. Lower into the squatting position with both arms extended out in front of your torso. Try to keep your knees behind your toes and most of your weight on your heels. This will help create long, lean muscles in your thighs.

Leg circles also help target the muscles specifically in your thighs to help tone thigh fat. To do this exercise, lie on your back with your arms resting at your sides. Lift one foot toward the sky while pointing the toes. Trace five clockwise circles with your leg turned slightly outward and then repeat in the counter-clockwise direction. During this exercise, be sure to keep both hips anchored to the ground. Then repeat with the opposite leg.

Thigh Liposuction for Immediate Fat Reduction

The most immediate treatment for your thigh fat is surgical fat removal or thigh liposuction. The ideal candidate for thigh liposuction is someone who is within 10-15 pounds of a goal weight with good skin elasticity. For people who have had dramatic weight loss or other age factors where skin in looser, then a thigh lift may be of more benefit.

Finding a qualified plastic surgeon specializing in liposuction is an option for treating your problem areas. Often, thigh liposuction is chosen as a treatment for problem areas because diet and exercise have not produced the desired results. As with any fat loss solution, thigh liposuction is more permanent and most effective if combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. 

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