Who doesn’t want thinner legs? It’s only human to hope for an easy fix to your body woes, but it ultimately comes down to the basics: diet and exercise. However, you don’t have to starve yourself or slave in the gym for hours to end to attain this goal.
Here’s the skinny on how to get skinnier legs:
Start eating healthy. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean jumping on a diet bandwagon that requires all of your time and energy. When you start a strict diet that keeps you from eating anything you enjoy, you’re more likely to give up or go on a binge.
Simply start by cutting out the things that are really bad for you. We all have our vices -what’s yours? Eliminate items like soda, junk food, and white bread. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a handful of chips or a candy bar, but try to cut down as much as possible. There are health alternative for all of these things – eat some nuts, fresh fruit or even some dark chocolate (a powerful and delicious antioxidant).
Carbs aren’t all bad. In fact, they give you energy. Try to cut down on empty carbs and calories from fat.
If you find it easier to stick to a specific diet regimen rather than just cutting back on guilty food pleasures, try a lifestyle change. Veganism will help you cut meat and dairy out of your life – many unhealthy items contain dairy, especially. If you can’t eat dairy due to your vegan diet, you won’t be able to eat the unhealthy item.
Alcohol is another contributing factor to fat, so attempt to reduce your alcohol intake.
Start exercising. Exercise doesn’t have to be torture. You don’t even need a gym membership or a single machine to start working out your legs. One of the best and simplest exercises is walking! We do it all the time.
However, walking from your car into the grocery store isn’t going to do the trick. Start walking to places rather than driving (or ride your bike). Not only is cardio essential for weight loss and overall health, the movement will tone your legs.
Swimming will keep your legs in shape, no matter what stroke you’re doing. Since it’s a fun outdoor activity, you won’t even realize that you’re working out.
If you’re ready to kick it into high gear, there are some simple exercises you can do on your own. Squat thrusts can be grueling, but will start toning your legs with repetition.
Start by squatting down with your hands and feet flat on the ground. Press down with your hands while kicking your legs back. When your legs are fully extended, pull them back to you and jump up. Repeat. It’s a very simple exercise.
Pilates and yoga are also fun and relaxing ways to strengthen and tone your legs.
With the proper combination of diet and exercise, you will begin seeing immediate results.