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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.

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

    Akiva says:

    If I’ve already built muscle on my legs but want to decrease in size will your program do that? Is it possible to decrease muscle size?? Xx

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      The program has been designed to include the perfect type of resistance training and cardio to give you a lean and toned look, without making you bulky.
      It’s an 8 week workout and nutrition plan designed to help you slim down your legs (both fat and muscle), but will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body).
      It also includes a full meal plan, a separate recipe eBook and demonstration videos.

      You can find out more about the Lean Legs Program here:

      Lean Legs Program

      For more helpful info please have a read of this blog post:

      https://www.rachaelattard.com/slim-muscular-thighs-skinny-legs/

      Love,
      Diana
      xx

    Jo says:

    Hi , just wondering if you sold hard copies of the Lean Legs book. I would like to purchase one as I prefer books .

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      The Lean Legs Program is an ebook and there is no hard copy for now, but feel free to print it out if you wish! xx

      Love,
      Diana

    Jayshree Nagrani says:

    I have been working out for one month and my legs are way bigger. I’ve improved my diet so much and exercise 3 to 4 times a week. I’m getting discouraged as all my pants are tighter around the leg area
    Why is this happening?!

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      What type of exercise are you doing? Are your legs getting bigger from muscle?

      We’ve designed our Lean Legs Program to include the perfect type of resistance training + cardio to give you a lean and toned look, without making you bulky. If this is something you’re looking for, then I would definitely recommend giving our program a go :)
      The Program is an 8 week workout and nutrition plan designed to help you slim down your legs, but it will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body).

      It also includes a full meal plan, a separate recipe eBook and demonstration videos.
      You can find out more about the Lean Legs Program here:

      Lean Legs Program

      For more helpful info please have a read of these blog posts:

      How to get lean and not bulky

      How to get skinny legs

      Cardio for lean legs

      Love,
      Diana

    KP says:

    I’m a female teenager wanting to gain muscles, I have thick thighs from fats and I want to change it to a muscular one but not get bigger. I know it sounds confusing but what do I do?

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      We would love to help you as much as we can :) So that’s why we have created the Lean Legs Program!

      The Program is an 8 week workout and nutrition plan designed to help you get lean and toned without bulking.
      It will help you slim down your legs, but will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body).

      It also includes a full meal plan, a separate recipe eBook and demonstration videos.
      You can find out more about the Lean Legs Program here:

      Lean Legs Program

      For more helpful info please have a read of these blog posts:

      How to get lean and not bulky

      How to get skinny legs

      Cardio for lean legs

      Love,
      Diana

    Kaleigh Sam says:

    Hi I’m trying to gain muscle on my legs I definitely see more toned and definition but they’re getting smaller in size, I’m looking to get them bigger I’m a woman trying to get alittle more thicker on the legs without being overweight, is this normal? Do legs get smaller before getting bigger when lifting weights or should I just stop. Oh and I should mention Ive started this about 4mths ago and I only do stairs once a week for 5 min because I lose weight so quick and I like to be at a certain size. So confused? Thank you.

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      If you want to gain more muscle in legs I recommend doing more resistance workouts and heavy weight lifting.
      Also eating more whole foods rich in protein :) xx

      Love,
      Diana

    Michelle says:

    I just started working out. I realized that my legs are getting bigger. How long will it increase in size before decreasing in size?

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      Are your legs getting bigger from muscle? Sometimes it’s normal if you haven’t been active for a while.
      It might just take you a little longer so I would keep going and be persistent!

      Love,
      Diana
      xx

    Sarah says:

    Is this true your legs get bigger before getting smaller ? Is spinning okay and doing 8 lb weights? I was bulking up before but I think it was because of my diet

    Gina says:

    Very helpful! :3 <3 THANK YOU! :D <3

      Rachael Attard says:

      You’re welcome! :) xx

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