Myths of spot-reduction

I’m basically petite and proportionate, but my upper thighs and hips are rather fat and wide. As a result, I’m not inclined to wear short skirts or even tight jeans. How can I lose the fat in these areas? Are there any exercises?

Unfortunately, there’s no magical way to get rid of fat from a specific area – a.k.a. spot-reducing – but there are things you can do that may help improve the appearance of those parts of your body.

First, you need to do some type of aerobic exercise – walking, running or cycling, for instance – to burn fat. Try to do this for at least 30 minutes, five days a week.

Next, start strength training two to three times a week. Using weights, machines or bands, you will tone and tighten the muscles in your legs and hips, making them appear slimmer. And don’t forget to work your upper body, too. By using heavier weights, you can build a shapelier upper body, which will create the illusion of slimmer hips and thighs.




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