Exercise right for your body type. That would mean that if weight tends to pile up in the lower body, you want to do aerobic (cardio) exercise that emphasizes the upper body, and not the lower body; to balance it out ...
I will incorporate strength training within the kind of cardio workout that I do; but I am a special case in that I cannot lift heavy/low reps without much strain. And when I do put on muscle mass, I cannot easily maintain it (what is known as an easy gainer/hard maintainer of muscle mass) ... it just comes right off.
So, I do lower-body intensive cardio--at an intense, low-impact level.
I must have the opposite problem from you. I had done step aerobics compulsively (almost) for years ... and very short bouts of stretching were enough to bring down my (very temporarily) bulky quads from that regimen. And that was when I'd been heavier (and younger and more vigorous). I am too rawboned myself (and not given on the muscular) to be an out-and-out "cone" shape (per Exercise For Your Body Type), but somehow "their" (the "cones" exercise prescriptions work for me, currently.
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