Cardio and enough of it
reducing your overall body fat, and heart-pumping cardio is going to make that happen. Choose the types that burn the most calories such as biking, running, and jumping rope. As a bonus, these also tone the legs while you’re doing them. Do 60-minute sessions five times a week to really notice a difference.
Pump it up
The incline, that is. When doing cardio, pump up the treadmill’s incline, find some hills to bike or run up, or do the stairs outside or in your home. Incline also targets the thighs, hamstrings, and tush, toning your lower body
With all the cardio you’re doing that’s stripping away that extra layer of fat surrounding your lower body, you want to reveal strong, toned muscles underneath. Doing moves that sculpt your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, and butt will make your legs look leaner and slimmer. Include strength training sessions a few times a week, targeting the lower body with workouts like these:
Five-minute inner thigh workout
Five-minute leg workout
Two-minute butt workout
Thigh-toning yoga sequence
Thirty-day squat challenge
Start your day right
Definitely don’t skip the first meal of the day since it’ll jump-start your metabolism, helping to reduce your overall body fat to reveal your leaner legs. Pass on sugary, refined-carb meals, and opt for a combo of protein and fiber-filled complex carbs. The protein will give you energy, so you’ll feel pumped for that early morning cardio workout, and it also helps build muscle. The carbs will sustain that energy and keep you feeling full. Here are some satisfying breakfast ideas.
High-protein pancakes with banana cream sauce
Apple-cinnamon quinoa bake with Greek yogurt
These portable egg breakfasts are great if you’re on the go — pair with an apple, pear, or berries
Pear-berry weight-loss smoothie
Snack to starve off hunger
Eating a little something every few hours will prevent hunger from causing you to overeat, so be sure to eat a snack in between meals. Keep it under 150 calories and choose foods high in protein and fiber to fill you up and offer energy.
Write it down
Though it may seem tedious, keeping a food journal works.