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A new exercise routine can sometimes lead to thigh development.
It can be disappointing when your body doesn't respond to your workouts the way you envisioned. Maybe certain muscles don't want to grow despite your best efforts, or unwanted fat resiliently clings to your midsection. You can't fight your genetics, but you can work around them. If you have naturally muscular legs or are doing a lot of exercise that's lower-body intensive, you may start to notice your jeans becoming snug around your thighs. Before you abort your exercise plan, take note of a few simple changes that could help you slim down your legs.1.
Perform cardio exercises that are less likely to build thigh muscles. Everyone's body responds differently to different exercises, so you might have to experiment to figure out what works for you. In general, exercises that require a lot of leg strength, such as cycling in heavy gears or climbing stairs, are more likely to stimulate thigh muscle growth. In addition, explosive exercises, such as sprints and plyometric workouts, are more likely to increase muscle mass than lower- to moderate-intensity, steady-state workouts.2.
Use high repetitions and low resistance when weight training your lower body. You shouldn't give up on lower-body training because you're getting thick thighs. If you want lean, toned legs, you should lift weights. Just stick with repetitions in the endurance range of 15 to 20, rather than the typical range of eight to 12, which stimulates hypertrophy and can cause thighs to bulk up.3.
Monitor your diet carefully. You're less likely to build big, bulky muscles if you eat a clean diet rich in lean proteins and fresh produce. Depending on your body, you may need to reduce carbohydrate intake to pare down your legs. Creating a calorie deficit will help you lose weight and may help to reduce the size of your thighs.
- If you're dieting to lose extra size in your thighs, remember that you can't choose where your body trims down first. If you've got a naturally bottom-heavy shape, your legs may be the last body part to get smaller. Try to stay focused on positive changes to your figure instead of obsessing over the size of certain body parts.
- Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.