Popular advice on how to lose leg fat invokes the mantra of squats and leg lifts. But that isn’t the only way. Indeed, it’s not even the best way to lose leg fat. You can build up sleek and strong muscles with lifts and squats – but when there’s a layer of fat covering it up, no one will notice!
So how to lose leg fat? It involves a two pronged strategy. The first is an exercise workout that strengthens your leg muscles. The second is a fat burning routine targeting your entire body. With a combination of both, you’ll soon enjoy thinner and sleeker legs.
Your Lower Half Workout
Once or twice every week, do a lower body workout that makes the muscles of your leg and calf stronger. Do each exercise 5 times (reps) and finish the entire sequence in each workout. Make sure to exercise both sides, alternately. If you want more strength, add weights to increase resistance.
1. Side Leg Raise
Lie flat on the ground, on your side. Your head rests on an arm. Place your legs straight beside each other. Without moving the rest of your body, lift up the upper leg as high as you can. Pause and hold for a moment and then return it back to the floor. Repeat it for the other leg after turning over.
Lying on your side with hips and knees bent to 45 degrees, you place your right leg on top of your left. Press your heels together. Now raise your right knee as high as possible without separating your heels. Pause a moment before returning back to position. Repeat it with your left leg, lying on the opposite side.
3. Hip Raise
Lie supine on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Squeeze your buttocks together and press down your heels to lift your hips up. Your body must form a straight line from knees to shoulders. Hold for a moment before returning to the starting position. Repeat this 5 times for this exercise.
4. Cross Body Mountain Climb
Hold yourself in the push up position, with arms outstretched, elbows locked, holding your body up from the ground in a straight line from head to heels. Keep your abdomen taut. Lift up your right foot and bend your right knee to bring it towards your left shoulder. Hold a moment and return to the beginning pose. Repeat it with your left foot and knee.
With this routine regularly performed for a few weeks, you’ll notice your leg muscles growing stronger and the fat around them becoming softer and even disappearing. When you combine this with a whole-body workout that includes a lunge with rotation, reverse wood chop, Romanian deadlift and side plank exercises, then you will burn off fat and lose weight in addition to building muscle.
The answer to how to lose leg fat is thus a combination of whole body fat burning routines and leg muscle strengthening workouts. For a detailed instruction on the best way to lose leg fat, check out Shaun Hadsall’s “14 Day Rapid Fat Loss Plan”.