How to Slim Down Thighs and Calves

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How to Slim Down Thighs and Calves
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A person's thighs and calves are often the most difficult areas to tone and eliminate excess weight. Like any problem area, the best way to slim your thighs and calves is by eating right and exercising; however, there are rules and guidelines you can follow so your diet and exercise routine will slim your thighs and calves and get you into shape.

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    Modify your diet to eliminate saturated fats, trans fats and unhealthy sugars. Your diet should instead contain healthy carbohydrates, protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats such as the monounsaturated fats found in avocados and nuts.

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    Eat breakfast every morning to jump start your metabolism and eat six smaller portioned meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going.

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    Plan your meals in advanced. One of the main reasons diets fail is fast food. If your meals are planned out in advance, fast food will never be an option.


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    Exercise three to four times a week. General aerobic exercises (workouts that get your lungs and heart working at an accelerated pace) are the best type of workout for general weight loss, and slimming your thighs and calves is no exception. Running, walking, biking, dancing and every athletic sport imaginable constitutes some form of aerobic exercise. You do not need to have a rigid exercise routine you do every day, just make sure to get 40 to 60 minutes of physical activity three to four times a week.

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    Perform squats and wall squats to target your thighs. To do a squat, stand with your feet shoulder distance apart and your toes pointing forward. Keeping your back straight, bend at the knees until your thighs are parallel with the ground. Still with your back straight, return to a standing position. Repeat this 20 to 50 times. To do a wall squat, position yourself against a wall. Press your back against the wall and bend your knees to a 90 degree angle. Hold that position for 30 to 60 seconds. Do these three to four times a week as well.

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    Perform calf lifts to target your calves. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your toes pointing outward. Raise yourself up onto your tiptoes and lower yourself back onto flat footing. Repeat this 20 to 30 times. Then, repeat the entire set with your toes pointed forward and your toes pointed inward for a total of 60 to 90 calf raises. Do these three to four times a week as well.

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