Why Are My Thighs Getting Bigger Instead of Smaller?

Client Question: I have been working out really hard with both my cardio and weights. My thighs have always been my problem area, and if anything they seem to be getting bigger instead of smaller. I still have about 10 lb. to go in my weight loss journey. What on earth can I do about my thighs??

Trainer Gina's Answer:
I sympathize with your plight! It seems like you are caught in no-man’s land between your muscle building and fat loss efforts. Let me explain—

As we get in better shape, we build muscle and shed fat, assuming your diet is on point. However, muscle building tends to occur more quickly than fat loss especially if you are pretty new to your new workout routine.

So, you probably still have a layer of fat covering those beautiful muscles (the 10 lb. you still have to lose) and combined with building muscle, the combination can make your thighs temporarily bigger.

Another thing that is probably happening is the shape of your thighs are changing to reflect that muscle, which makes them bigger in some areas and smaller in others. The resulting shape is more appealing, but it can change the way your clothes fit.

You are on the right track if you notice the muscle growth. Basically you need to make sure you are doing everything possible to continue to lose body fat and ultimately you will be very happy with your tight, toned legs once you remove the extra body fat.

There are no special exercises that can magically slim your thighs. Push-aways from the kitchen table are possibly the only thing that will work. Keep in mind that we all have a genetic shape and you cannot change that through exercise. You can however make the best of what you have with a smartly designed diet and exercise program.

As you get into better shape, you may decide to choose different styles and cuts of clothing for your newfound physique. Stretchier fabrics and leggings work great for athletic women. A sign you are in really good shape is when pants do not fit your thighs but they are swimming around your waist! In this case some fashionable belts are a godsend. Unfortunately most clothes are not cut for athletic women, which shows what a sad state the country is in fitness wise. But the fewer clothes you are wearing, the more obvious it will be that you work out and look great!

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