Looking for a bit of advice from you nice folks...
I'll start by saying that I know you cannot spot reduce, however I also know that certain dietary practices (eg. grain-free) are very helpful for losing belly fat, so I'm wondering if there's a similar strategy I can apply for stubborn jiggly fat on my bum and thighs.
A bit of background info - I'm 27, 129 lb and I follow a low-carb paleo diet. I haven't completely kicked dairy but it's just a helping of Greek yoghurt or cheese 2 or 3 times a week. I keep the carbs under 50g per day, usually in the 30-40 range. Protein averages around 80g and I get the rest of my calories (averaging about 1400) from healthy fats. All this tends to be spread over just lunch and dinner. Oh, and if it needs said, I'm female :)
I do Crossfit 3 evenings per week and another form of strength/circuits once or twice a week. My job is horribly sedentary, though. I basically sit at a desk for 9 hours a day.
Anyway, my top half is pretty lean with some good muscle tone, but I just can't get rid of the thigh flab. If you looked at me from the waist down you wouldn't think I ever worked out because all the muscle is covered in fat. I'd like to try to reduce this excess padding a little, or at least be able to see the results of all that Crossfitting!
Is my dietary fat too high? Should I take up some kind of chronic cardio like running? Or do I just need to accept my fate as a bottom-heavy woman and buy some flattering jeans?
Any and all advice welcome :)
I heard about this on a podcast a couple of weeks ago in regards to estrogen dominance causing excessive thigh & lower body fat in women.
http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Episode84.pdf Also, I believe Charles Poliquin (sp?) talks about this on his sight as well. I believe the name of the supplement recommended to detox estrogen is calcium d-glucarate. Hope this helps :)
hey elizabeth! i don't have too much to add other than when i am consistent, my jiggle is much firmer. by consistent, i mean eating clean with no cheats and exercising regularly with a fair amount of walking. for me, just sticking to the basics for a few weeks helps immensely.
also, it's not helpful to your question, but the reality is... we ALL have something we see as our "jiggly" parts. there is NOTHING wrong with rocking a sexy pair of jeans like you own this place! make something amazing from your struggle. draw attention to your rockin' upper half! us ladies gotta sport what we got.
Everyone is different, so here's what works for ME. YMMV!
I'm 49, female, 5'6, ~125 lbs.
Gentle walking for 1.5-2 hours total (doesn't have to be all at once!) daily did wonders for dropping the last bits of fat off my belly & thighs last summer. Unfortunately, I reduced my walking in the winter & put that 5 lbs back on--I've dropped 1/2 of it so far! Walking seems to give my metabolism the boost it needs.
I also find that a protein-sparing modified fast helps (Google it). I only do it for a few days at a time, then back to my regular eating.
My only other exercise is free-style dancing for 1-2 hours/week & two-10 min upper-body lifting sessions at home with body-weight & heavy dumbbells.
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