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Reader Question: (Edited to address the main issues)
…My main concern is losing weight off my bust and still not being able to achieve a thigh gap (I tend to carry weight in my lower body). The only area I want to reduce fat is my inner thighs. This is why I was interested in liposuction. I know you cannot spot reduce and when losing body fat you lose it everywhere. My question is can I achieve an inner thigh gap naturally without losing too much off my breasts? Your help is very much appreciated! Plus you’ve got a great blog!
Hello! (Waving frantically!) Thanks for reading and great question!
When it comes to losing stubborn body fat, there are some sacrifices that need to be made. For one, you have to give up unhealthy, albeit tasty, foods that contain lots of sugar, salt and carbs. This can suck when you go out to eat with friends and everyone is looking at you and your salad with judgment while they enjoy the yummy foods you used to eat on the regular, or when you have to pass on a cocktail and settle for water because everything at the bar is super sweet or super high in carbs.
You have to sacrifice your time; allocating blocks of time for working out, logging meals, reading labels instead of just throwing any old thing in your cart, etc.
And another big thing you may have to sacrifice in your quest for sleek thighs, especially if you are pear shaped, apple shaped or hourglass shaped, is your breast size. You see, they don’t call it stubborn fat for nothing. The hips, waist and thighs want to hold on to fat for child rearing purposes – blame it on the oestregen and so when you start losing weight you will typically find that the fat from the upper body will disappear while the fat on the lower body stays put!
Targeting only the hips/thighs in exercise routines won’t work to reduce the fat! If you don’t believe me, do your floor mat routine where you knock out leg lifts, circles, etc. and feel how fast your heart is beating. You will probably find that it won’t be beating too hard – which means that you aren’t expending enough energy for the workout to be considered cardio and to be burning massive calories. Don’t get me wrong, those exercises still have their place is firming up the muscle – but the FAT LOSS is the most important component for thin thighs.
So, if you continue to attempt to lose that stubborn thigh fat by engaging in cardio/resistance training, the good news is you will eventually achieve the legs of your dreams. The bad news is you will probably continue to lose fat in other parts of the body. Unfortunately, since breasts are just fatty tissue, there may be some decrease in your bust size DEPENDING upon the pattern which your body loses weight. In other words, you MAY or MAY NOT have a significant decrease in your breasts.
Generally, you can tell the pattern your body has for losing weight in your body type.
If you naturally have a bigger bust and smaller lower body, as you lose weight your body will generally retain that proportion. The same is true if you have a smaller bust and bigger lower body. Thus, the chances of losing weight without losing breast size are lower if you are pear shaped and banana/rectangular shaped, and higher if you are hourglass or apple shaped.
Thus another sacrifice for sexy, thin legs is that you may have to give up your full, glorious rack!
Thanks for reading!