Thighs Getting Bulkier

Question:

I am 5'3 and about 130 pounds... I would love to lose 15 pounds but it seems the more I work out the more weight I gain. I try to watch my portions/carbs/sugar intake but I feel like running & lunges makes my thighs even bulkier.

Is there any options for slimming my thighs instead of making them more muscular??

I usually work out doing a lot of cardio running and elliptical about 5-6 times a week for at least 40 minutes and then a lot of reps with light weights. Is walking better for slimming your thighs instead of running?  help!! Thanks a bunch.

 

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Mike Behnken, MS, CSCS ANswers the Fitness Question

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First of all if you have not got your body fat measured, there is no basis for you to make the claim that you have made your legs more muscular.

Personal trainers hear this all the time.

There is no point in discussing in detail a qualitative analysis when a quantitative analysis is so simple is

Get your body fat measured:

  body fat measurement accumeasureAll you need to find a good estimate of your body composition is a simple Accu-Measure skinfold Caliper and you can do it yourself in about 20 seconds. Keep in mind:

Lean Muscle Takes up Less Space than Stored Body Fat

Muscle is more dense than body fat.   If the body fat percentage in women is lower, clothes fit better because of this. 

A very simple analogy:  5 pound of muscle takes up the same amount of space as 3 tangerines. 5 pounds of body fat takes up the same amount of space as 3 grapefruits.

Another problem is "a lot of reps with light weights."  Without knowing how much weight or reps you're talking about it is hard to say, but. Bodybuilders build huge bulky muscles with lots of reps with light (for them) weights.

You need to follow the basic principles of weight training which are progression and overload or else you are not maximizing your time.

In healthy individuals, walking is never better than running as it burns far less calories.

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