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What exercises will get rid of saddlebags?


Updated April 16, 2014

Question: What exercises will get rid of saddlebags?
Answer: Saddlebags, a term we use to describe fat stored around the hips, thighs and butt, are very common in women. Unfortunately, spot reducing fat around the hips and thighs, or any other area of the body, won't work. While you can't remove fat from a certain area with specific exercises, you can lose overall body fat with diet and exercise. If you tend to store excess fat around the thighs, it may take a little longer to lose the fat there. Your genes and hormones determine where you lose fat so your best bet is to follow a consistent exercise program, eat a healthy, low-calorie diet and let your body respond to that. If you're losing inches, even if it isn't from that specific area, you're on the right track.

Incorporating strength training exercises for the butt, hips and thighs can help you build muscle, which contributes to fat loss. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat so, the more you have, the more calories you'll burn overall. In addition, the lower body contains the largest muscles in the body: the glutes. By working these large muscles, you'll burn more calories while building strength.

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