It’s important not to ignore the legs especially if you’re shooting for a sculpted body overall. Losing fat on the legs will not only help you achieve a slimmer frame, it will also improve your health. You see, too much fat in the leg area will increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Excessive fat stored on the legs will also slow you down.
The good news is as long as you exercise, toning the legs is very easy. But losing fat in the legs will require a series of cardiovascular exercises as well as workout that will target the legs. Below are tips on how you can eliminate fat and achieve slimmer, toner legs.
Take a Low-Calorie Diet
A low-calorie diet is ideal for people who want to eliminate stored fat in the body. When the body does not take in more calories, it won’t store fat — it’s that simple. By cutting back on your calorie intake, your body will start burning off the fat it stored in the belly and in the legs. You want a diet that’s rich in green, leafy vegetables; fresh fruits; whole grains; and lean proteins like chicken or turkey breasts and meat products.
A low-calorie diet doesn’t mean shunning out carbohydrates completely. You can incorporate complex carbohydrates into your diet by adding reasonable amounts of brown rice, oats, and whole wheat bread to your everyday meals. You can also add starchy veggies like potatoes, yams, or sweet potatoes — just hold the trimmings to minimize calories.
Do Cardio Exercises 5 Times a Week
If you think exercising five times per week is too much, think again. Cardiovascular exercises not only burn off more calories, they also keep the heart healthy, improve your overall health, and tone the legs. If you want to achieve toner legs in a month, you want to work those gams as often as possible. We recommend biking, running, cycling, or even rollerblading if you intend to work out your legs.
Lunges and Squats
Lunges and squats do not just tone and shape the butt, they also target the legs. According to the American Council on Exercise, squats and lunges are the best exercises for the thighs. So if these areas are problematic for you, you know what to do. Do squats and lunges three days per week for thirty days for a shapelier set of stems.
Effectiveness of the squats and lunges will depend on the form. You don’t want to strain your back. Start by standing with your legs a little wider apart than hip-width. Bend your knees as if you’re sitting down to shift your weight back. Do not bend your knees to extend over your toes. Slowly straighten your legs to return to the start position. You can increase resistance by holding dumbbells.
Avoid Snacks and Fizzy Drinks
Resist the urge to wolf down fattening foods including doughnuts, cakes, pastries, as well as fizzy drinks like soda, energy drinks, etc. These foods have over 300 calories each and it will be harder for you to burn off excess fat and slim down the leg area if you are taking in more calories than you can burn.