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The truth is, exercise is just one thing you need to do to get rid of fat around the thighs. Other regular habits that include what you eat, what you drink and even how much you sleep matter as well. Start with these six habits today.
1. Drink lots of water
Never underestimate how staying hydrated can help with weight loss. Drink even when you don't feel thirsty, and you can actually fill up your stomach before over-indulging at your next meal. And although we might often seek solace in soda and other sweetened beverages, especially after an intensive workout, always choose water and you can avoid hundreds of calories coming your way!
2. Commit to cardio
Whether its running, cycling or even jump rope, pick your favourite cardio-based exercise and make it a point to do it more frequently. An optimal standard would be five 60-minute sessions a week. These cardio exercises help burn enough calories while also toning and shaping your legs.
3. Start everday with a healthy breakfast
Never skip your first meal of the day. A hearty breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, which helps to reduce your overall body fat, and that includes your legs. Stay away from sugary foods that are filled with refined carbs. Instead, pile up on the complex carbs that give you plenty of protein and fibre. You can gain enough energy for that morning workout, and you'll build muscle while you're at it.
4. Take the stairs whenever you can
Forget the lift and climb the stairs if you're not in a hurry. Doing this simple exercise everyday can help to increase your metabolism and burn thigh fat. To make the most out of every step, try leaning a little forward from the hips and keep your back straight while walking up the stairs. This technique can tone your leg muscles more effectively.
5. Get enough sleep
Sticking to a regular nighttime routine can help your weight loss plans more than you think. If you're sleepy throughout the day, you tend to snack more and may even get too tired to exercise.
6. Keep a food journal
We're often caught up with our busy schedules that we don't pay attention to how much or what we're exactly eating at every meal. Try logging your daily calorie intake at each meal as well as the calories burnt while exercising. This doesn't just help you keep track of how effective your weight loss plans are but also motivates you even more by recording down your daily achievements.
This article was first published on Shape.com.sg