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How to Lose Saddlebags

by
author image Heather M. J. Emerson
Heather M. J. Emerson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is the owner and personal trainer at Fit Mommas Personal Training and the author of the "Fit Mommas Guide to a Better Body after Baby."
How to Lose Saddlebags
Saddlebags can be eliminated by performing aerobic activity, attention to diet and by learning to relax. Photo Credit Antonio_Diaz/iStock/Getty Images

Saddlebags consist of fat located around the hips and thighs. Saddlebags can be a woman's worst nightmare, but with patience and persistence they can be whittled away. If you have this stubborn fat, know that there are six ways to rid your hips and thighs of unattractive saddlebags.

Six Ways to Lose Your Saddlebags

Step 1

How to Lose Saddlebags
Perform aerobic exercises five to six days a week. Photo Credit Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Perform aerobic exercise five to six days a week for increments of 45 to 60 minutes per session. Exercises that can annihilate your saddlebags include jumping rope, running, swimming, tennis and walking.

Step 2

How to Lose Saddlebags
Reduce your caloric intake. Photo Credit RafalStachura/iStock/Getty Images

Reduce your caloric intake by adding low-calorie, high-quality foods into your daily diet. Low-calorie foods include broccoli, cauliflower and kale, and protein rich foods include chicken, fish and turkey.

Step 3

How to Lose Saddlebags
Drink plenty of water to aid your metabolism. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Drink adequate amounts of water to increase your metabolism and reduce water retention. Water retention, which happens when your body does not get enough water, can make saddlebags appear larger and dimply. Strive to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight daily.

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Step 4

How to Lose Saddlebags
Drinking green tea can help you de-stress. Photo Credit JaysonPhotography/iStock/Getty Images

De-stress by drinking green tea, which can calm anxiety and help maximize fat oxidation. Incorporate aromatherapy into your daily routineto reduce nervousness and curb your appetite. Use scented candles and oils twice a week in 10-minute intervals for stress relief.

Step 5

How to Lose Saddlebags
Be sure to get plenty of sleep. Photo Credit nilswey/iStock/Getty Images

Get enough sleep so that you will be able to regulate hormone levels. A lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in hormone levels and cause the body to store fat.

Step 6

How to Lose Saddlebags
Strength train your lower body. Photo Credit LUNAMARINA/iStock/Getty Images

Do strength training exercises that focus on toning the lower body, specifically the thigh area where saddlebags accumulate. Strength-training exercises that tighten and tone the thighs are squats and lunges. By performing three sets of 10 to 12 reps of these exercises two to three times a week you will also be building muscle, and that can boost your metabolism, increasing your body’s ability to shed fat.

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