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How to Lose Saddlebags

author image Heather M. J. Emerson
Heather M. J. Emerson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, with a Cognate in Psychology. She is the owner and holistic lifestyle & energy wellness coach at Awakenings WHOLEistic Services.
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.

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Six Ways to Lose Your Saddlebags

Step 1

Perform aerobic exercises five to six days a week.
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

Reduce your caloric intake.
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

Drink plenty of water to aid your metabolism.
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.

Step 4

Drinking green tea can help you de-stress.
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

Be sure to get plenty of sleep.
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

Strength train your lower body.
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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