Will My Legs Get Bigger Before Getting Smaller?

Will my legs get bigger before getting smaller?

Will my legs get bigger before getting smaller? This is a question that confuses a lot of women.

There is no straight answer for this one. Some people do get bigger and then smaller, while other people get bigger and stay bigger. Let me try to explain.

IF YOU ARE NA ENDOMORPH 

Most endomorphs already have a lot of muscle, naturally (especially in their legs). They build muscle quickly and find it difficult to lose fat. Endomorphs need to be careful of the exercises they do because they can increase their muscle size very quickly and it’s hard to reverse this.

If you are an endomorph and are experiencing your legs getting bigger from exercise, I would stop the current exercise that you are doing. Focus more on cardio, lighter exercise such as pilates (or the workouts on my blog) and eating at a calorie deficit.

I have covered the main scenarios, but just remember that everyone is different. You may not fit into the exact situations I have described above. Listen to your body and do whatever it is that gives you the results that you are happy with! 

IF YOU ARE NEW TO EXERCISE 

If you haven’t done any exercise or have just started working out, you will likely have very little muscle. Any type of exercise (even cardio) will build some muscle. So at the start, you might build muscle before reducing your body fat.

In this case, your legs might look bigger at the start, but eventually, your body fat will decrease and your legs will get smaller.

However, if you are still getting bigger after 6 months, you might find yourself in the situation I describe below.

will my legs get bigger before getting smaller

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCED AT EXERCISE 

If you have been exercising for longer than 3-6 months, I assume that you would have already built up some muscle and lost some fat.

If your workouts are making your legs bigger, this is most likely due to increasing muscle size. This will not go away and if you continue to exercise in the same way, your muscle will either stay the same or continue to grow.

Getting bigger can also be related to diet. The more you exercise, the hungrier you get. So you may start eating too much, which will make you gain fat.

Most people can tell if their weight gain is due to muscle or fat, or both. If your legs feel really firm, then it’s muscle.

  • If your increased size is due to muscle only, you won’t get smaller.
  • If it’s due to fat only (which is not very likely if you have been exercising for more than 3-6 months), you will get smaller.
  • If it’s due to both fat and muscle, you will potentially get a bit smaller when the fat decreases, but only to a certain extent. This is because the muscle has caused you to increase in size and if you continue to exercise in the same way, this won’t go down. So you will reduce the fat, but not the muscle.

HOW TO SLIM DOWN YOUR LEGS

I have written a series of blog post on this topic so I would suggest to read those first. You can find them here :)

If you want to slim down your legs, you can start by changing your diet.

But if you really want to get the best results, I would recommend checking out my  3 Steps to Lean Legs Program. It is designed to help you get gorgeous lean legs without the bulkiness. It includes workout program and a complete 8-week meal plan :)

There are 3 different versions of the program, one for each of 3 body types.

Each version combines cardio and resistance training in a way that works best for that particular body type.

Also, the resistance training part of my program now has FULL-LENGTH videos that you can follow from warm up to cool down.

To find out more about my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program click the link below:

https://www.rachaelattard.com/skinny-legs-ebook/

To find out more about my FULL-LENGTH VIDEOS, follow this link: 

https://www.rachaelattard.com/lean-legs-video-course/

And as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! 

Love Rachael xx

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

21 comments on “Will My Legs Get Bigger Before Getting Smaller?”

    Lungile says:

    Hi Rachael

    I am so frustrated instead of loosing am gaining weight, I am walking 5-6 days a week, I incorporate it with other strength training, I do taebo in between and Pilates exercises coz mostly I want to loose weight on my thighs, its been 3months now doing this and instead I am picking up weight 😭😭, I am eating right and this leaves me discouraged I was 59,8kg when I started am now 61,3kg. Please tell me what a I doing wrong?

      Sara - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely <3,

      Thanks for reaching out and don't be frustrated, I'm here to help! :)

      Firstly, do you know your body type?
      You might be doing something that isn't suitable for your body type in order to slim down! :)

      Another option is, you're gaining weight (muscle weight) but that doesn't mean you are getting "bigger" in size.
      I'd recommend you measure yourself (thighs, booty, hips, etc.) and keep track of that.

      Muscle is "heavier" than fat so you could be replacing fat with muscle. You could also be retaining water for different reasons ( if you eat very spicy food for example, and you don't drink enough water that could happen.)

      Hope this helped!

      Please let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!

      Love,
      Sara

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