A great way to reduce thigh fat is through diet and exercise, but you already knew that and you probably felt like rolling your eyes when you read it. The truth is if your goal is to reduce thigh fat then you have likely tried diets and exercise programs with little success. Dieting for long periods of time means you set yourself up for long periods of deprivation. To stick with a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate you will have to give up all your favorite foods. But what if there was a better way? A way that you could learn very quickly that would allow you to drop pounds faster than you ever did before AND allow you to routinely eat your favorite treats? Well there is a better way and it is called calorie shifting. Read on to learn how it works to help you burn fat off your thighs faster.
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When you go on a diet you reduce the number of calories you are eating. This works for a while and your body loses weight but if you continue this restriction your body starts to worry that there is not enough food available and that you are headed for starvation. Your body then moves into protective mode by slowing your metabolism in an attempt to save your calorie-rich fat stores.
So what happens is you get into the downward spiral of having to reduce your calories more which slows your metabolism even more.
There is a better way, a way that allows you to keep your metabolism high even as you diet to lose weight. The solution is to cycle your calorie intake. There are many variations to calorie cycling but I prefer to keep it simple and sane by restricting calories for 6 days of the week and then cycling to one high calorie day.
This is an easy to remember method and very convenient because it allows you one day "off" your diet a week. This one day you can have your favorite foods, pasta, pizza, cookies...and what happens is your metabolism that was slowing because of your diet now springs back up to takes care of the extra calories and you reset at a high fat burning level.
As you can probably see, the ideal weight loss situation is to force your body to burn fat for energy. This can be achieved by eating less than your normal appetite i.e. reducing your caloric intake. Your body will then be forced to burn stored fat to get the additional energy it requires. If you think of the body like a car it may be a little easier to explain. Let's imagine that this car requires twenty gallons of petrol every week but you purchase twenty four gallons instead. Every week you build up a reserve of four gallons which you can use at a later date if needed. However, if you do not use up these gasoline reserves soon you will quickly find that you need a large storage tank. Similarly with your body, if you burn as many calories as you consume you will be fine. If you consume more calories than you burn for an extended period you will find your fat stores rapidly expanding. To lose this excess weight you will have to consume less calories than you burn.
1. Around 20 minutes before any meal I have a handful of nuts such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc. This is effective because the nuts are nutrient dense full of fibre, protein, and healthy fats so your body gets satisfied and appetite is decreased. By having them 20 minutes prior to eating it gives time for your body to tell your brain that food has been received and to reduce the appetite. I have also found that an apple works well because it contains pectin, which is a type of soluble fibre.
2. A number of studies have proved that the size of plate, bowl, and spoon you use can affect how much food and calories you eat. Basically what they found was that the larger the plate, bowls or even spoons the more food people would have. Therefore the trick is to get smaller versions of each and you should eat less. I have tried this and it does work but just so long as your not going looking for seconds or thirds!!
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3. Try to eat more slowly. This is hard to do especially when hungry but if you can start off eating normally then just take your time and chew more thoroughly and actually enjoy the food then you should find that you end up feeling fuller and less prone to overeat. The reasoning behind this is because as you take longer the brain has more time for the fullness signal to reach your brain and thereby shut off your appetite before you've eaten too much.
Calorie restriction is one of the most straightforward weight loss solutions out there. Simply calculate how many calories you are burning using a BMR calculator, make sure the food you are eating each day contains less calories than your BMR number and your body will be forced to burn fat. Yes it takes a little planning on your part and yes you may have to give up some of the foods and snacks that you enjoy but if weight loss is your ultimate goal then this is a relatively small sacrifice.