Losing weight can be difficult. The task is made even more daunting if looking to target one particular area within a certain time frame. Don't lose hope yet. In most cases, such factors as diet, exercise and genetics play a part in weight loss in targeted areas such as the stomach, derriere and thighs. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day, with another 15 minutes concentrating on a lower body workout will create more toned, sleeker legs in only a week. Eating a diet high in lean proteins and fruits and vegetables will help lower all over body fat, including the thighs.
Change your eating habits. Eat foods higher in lean proteins, such as skinless chicken breast and egg whites. Cut out the sugary, processed foods like doughnuts, lunch meat and cheese. These types of foods are absorbed by the body and turn to fat. Because of this, it takes more energy and effort to burn off, slowing down your weight loss progress.
Replace sugary fruit juices and soft drinks with water. Drink at least 12, 237 ml (8 fl oz) glasses of water a day. Drink more if heavily sweating throughout the workout. Mix it up a little and add a slice of lemon or lime for a varied taste. Along with many other advantages, water detoxifies and helps increase metabolism, which is useful when battling those pounds. Drink water throughout the day. It is calorie free and fills you up.
Concentrate on the lower body when exercising. Do some squats. Use your own body weight if you are a beginner. For the advanced squatter, use 2.27 kg (5 lb) dumbbells. Do three sets of 12 in each set. Stretch for two minutes between each set to keep the thigh muscles warm. To squat properly, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Squat as if sitting in a chair. Keep head facing forward and chin up. Inhale as you go down and exhale as you come back to a standing position. Do this exercise everyday to maximise weight loss and to tone the thighs in a week.
Skip rope for 20 minutes without stopping. Take short breaks in between if 20 minutes is too difficult. Do this exercise everyday to increase weight loss in the thigh area within seven days. Continue doing a cardiovascular workout throughout the week. Cardio workouts maximise weight loss, including the thighs. Go for a brisk walk or run in the neighbourhood. Start with a mile walk or run if you are a beginner. Jog the entire mile or longer if you are more advanced. Eliminate boredom by changing up the routine. Instead of a run, go for a mile swim at your local public pool or take a two mile bike ride through the neighbourhood. Keep those legs moving.
After the week, continue with a fitness workout to keep the thighs and the entire body toned. Grab a workout partner to keep it fun and exciting. Limit fats like mayonnaise, salad dressing and butter to increase weight loss.
Consult a doctor before taking on any diet and exercise plan. Listen to your body. If you experience any pain before, during or after the exercise, consult your doctor right away.