Many women experience “thigh anxiety” and want to get rid of their saddlebags. But is it really possible to shed them?
What are saddlebags?
Saddlebags are defined as bulging areas on the outer thighs caused by an accumulation of fat.
They are also known by the medical term, “steatomeries”.
Fat cells are essential for human health: they act as essential energy reserves that can be used by the body in case of need. Being ultra-thin or having a “ripped” physique does not equate to good health. In fact, bodybuilders, with a very low body-fat percentage, cannot maintain this type of physique over time without damaging their metabolism, which may cause undesirable and even dangerous side effects.
Saddlebags are more common in women than in men.
Women are more prone to developing saddlebag fat, which they often attempt to lose through weight-loss diets.
What is the reason for this?
There is a physiological explanation. The female body naturally stores more fat, in preparation for pregnancy and nursing. In fact, caring for a baby requires a great deal of energy and fat reserves.
Generally speaking, storing more fat is a physical change that, in women, is often associated with hormonal fluctuations (puberty, pregnancy, menopause).
A woman’s body shape also plays a key role in determining how pronounced these fat deposits will be.
Finally, saddlebags are often hereditary.
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How to Reduce Saddlebags
If they make you feel self-conscious, there are ways to lessen the appearance of saddlebags.
However, once they develop, unless you are a high-level athlete, even with a tremendous amount of exercise, it is very difficult to get rid of them completely.
Remember, it’s impossible to only reduce fat in a specific area of your body.
Nevertheless, exercise (particularly strength training) will minimize the appearance of saddlebags by toning and shaping the glutes and hamstrings (back of thigh).
If you want to see progress within 6 to 8 weeks, I recommend downloading the Fitness Coach app. The training sessions are intelligently designed to ensure that you will quickly start to see results.
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More You Need to Know About Saddlebags
Although exercise can minimize their appearance, it will not prevent the development of fat cells, especially if:
- Your diet is unbalanced, in other words, too rich in sugar or fat or, on the contrary, deficient in essential nutritional components. Read the article “3 Tips for Cutting Back on Sugar » et « Calorie Deficit and Weight Loss ».
- You lead a sedentary lifestyle.
- You’re stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting. Read the article “Dieting is a Bad Idea“.
- You regularly consume alcohol.
- You’re not getting enough restorative sleep.
- Stress is part of your daily life.