You were right the first time - you can't spot reduce. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. So while the thighs are the largest and strongest muscles in your body, and will give you the maximum bang for your exercise buck, thigh-specific exercises will NOT reduce thigh fat.
What you can do is to continue to reduce your overall body fat through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake, and some of it will naturally come off the thighs.
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Listen to yourself: "I know it's impossible to "spot reduce" but ... Any ideas on how to target his area? "
You're right, you can't spot reduce.
If a fat area is "getting worse" are you gaining weight? Just losing fat generally is the only way to lose fat from the trouble areas. So eat right, exercise moderately, and see what genetics brings you in fat reduction areas.
Deb, in New Zealand
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9,691 4/9/13 2:44 P
You've already answered your own question.
"I know it's impossible to "spot reduce" but I have developed a serious problem with excess fat right above my knees, which began in my mid-40's. Now I'm in my 50's and it's getting worse. Any ideas on how to target his area?"
You know you can't spot reduce, then you ask us how to do so. ;) It's not possible, because fat loss is a total body process. Where you lose is primarily determined by genetics, so no exercise or dietary change is going to target your knees for fat loss. This is because your muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream... not the surrounding fat stores.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
The fat will come off in the reverse order that you gained it, regardless of which muscles you work. So i would follow the usual fat-loss advice of doing vigorous cardio often, following a full-body strength training program, and of course eating the right number of calories.
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4/9/13 2:11 P
I lost a lot of fat around my knees when I started running, it was a part of a whole body fat loss but the fact that running helped me build muscle definitely helped firm up the area.
4/9/13 2:08 P
Hi Maui Girl
I think you answered your own question. There's no way to target fat loss to a specific area of the body. If you have excess fat to lose, your body will decide where it comes from next, but eventually it should come from those areas where you carry excess.
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4/9/13 1:58 P
I know it's impossible to "spot reduce" but I have developed a serious problem with excess fat right above my knees, which began in my mid-40's. Now I'm in my 50's and it's getting worse. Any ideas on how to target his area? I've never really seen it addressed in any of the discussions or DVDs. Any suggestions would be greatly welcome so I can wear shorts again! Thank You, Maui_Girl
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