Exercise and weight loss pills are not the only way of achieving your goal of smaller thighs. While most doctors and fitness professionals will strongly recommend participation in exercise, you can trim your thighs by monitoring your overall diet. Consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet and counting your calories can help you burn unwanted body fat -- including the fat on your thighs. It is important to remember that you cannot specifically target body parts for fat reduction. It must be burned through an overall weight loss strategy.
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Count your calories. Create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. Never drop below a 1,200-calorie-per-day diet. Extreme dieting can cause your body to go into survival/starvation mode, in which the body tries to preserve all fat stores, making weight loss difficult.
Drink plenty of water. Consume eight glasses of water per day. Water contains zero calories, can help cleanse your body and is good for your muscles. If you need to drink something other than water, opt for a diet soda or low-fat milk. Try to avoid regular soda, alcohol, juices, sports drinks and other beverages that are high in calories.
Eat multiple times per day. Eat five to six small meals per day to avoid cravings and cut down on snacking. Eating small, healthy meals makes it less likely you will be hungry between meals, thereby reducing your urge to eat unhealthy snacks.
Eat a well-balanced diet consisting of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, carbohydrates, vegetable proteins and lean meats.
Avoid eating just because you are hungry. If you are full, stop eating and save the rest of your meal for another time.
Exercise is not required for weight loss, but it is strongly recommended. For your overall health and well-being -- including the prevention of conditions such as osteoarthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes -- you should participate in 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, five days per week. For weight loss, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends participation in 60 to 90 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and two, 20-minute sessions of strength training on non-consecutive days. Exercise should occur five days per week.