I know that some people want to grow the size of their legs, but my blog is mostly focused on getting slimmer, more feminine looking legs, rather than the bigger and musclier look. So this post will focus on reasons your legs aren’t changing in terms of getting slimmer.
These are the most common mistakes I see women making when they complain that they aren’t getting results in their legs.
1. YOU DON’T DO ENOUGH OF CARDIO
I know a lot of trainers won’t agree with me, but cardio is the best exercise for slimming down your legs, especially low intensity cardio such as walking. Walking somehow seems to get rid of excess fat on your thighs much better than any other form of workout. But the thing with walking, is that you need to do a lot of it.
If you’re adding walking into your workout program but not seeing results, it’s probably because you’re not doing enough. Aim for at least 10,000 steps per day!
Also, many people do their walking on a incline or using hills or stairs. To get the best results, I suggest walking on a flat surface (either outside or on the treadmill).
2. YOU DO THE WRONG TYPE OF WORKOUT
A lot of women want to slim down their leg muscles and make their legs smaller, but aren’t willing to give up heavy lifting. It’s very hard to change your mindset when you’ve been doing lots of heavy lifting and high intensity interval training.
Changing to lighter workouts makes you feel like you’re not doing enough and you fear that you need to be really pushing yourself to get the best results. I’ve been through this too.
Unfortunately when you want to reduce muscle on your legs, less is more. Doing too much for your legs, lifting heavy and doing lots of squats, lunges and deadlifts will make your muscles bigger (especially if you are an endomorph or mesomorph body type) or at the very least, will make you maintain the muscle size.
You will never slim them down if you continue to train this way. Please have a read of this blog post for some tips on how to slim down muscular thighs.
It’s up to you! But don’t just do exercise because someone tells you to (even if that person is me!). You need to do exercise that will actually give you the results you want. Make sure you think about the workout program and whether or not it’s suitable for you before jumping straight into it.
Ultimately, the results you desire and how you go about getting them are up to you. If you don’t want to reduce muscle size on your thighs and you just want to reduce fat, you can probably keep doing heavy lifting.
3. YOU AREN’T HEALTHY ON THE INSIDE
If you’re doing lots of the right type of exercise and are eating healthy but the weight won’t budge, something else could be at play.
1-2 years ago I gained some weight and did absolutely everything to try and lose it. In the past, I had always been able to get rid of fat on my thighs relatively quickly with lots of walking. So I did lots!
And the legs fat wouldn’t go away not matter what I did. It turns out I had all sorts of issues with my gut health and hormones that were affecting my ability to lose fat (and causing me to gain weight).
A lot of people think that this could never happen to them (I didn’t!) so I didn’t really ever consider it as a possible cause. Looking back, I wish I had looked into it much sooner.
Please have a read of this blog post as it goes into much more detail about some of the potential issues that could be causing you to gain weight or not being able to lose weight. I would highly recommend seeing a doctor and/or naturopath.
If one of your fitness goals is to slim down your legs and tone them without getting bulky, my Lean Legs Program 1 may be the right program for you :)
It contains lighter resistance training which will help you lose extra body fat and get toned. And if you grab the Next Level You Package, it also has a complete 8-week meal plan so you can be sure you’re eating healthy while you train. Having a great diet is extremely important if you want to get great results :)