Saddlebags are pockets of fat that reside along the outer side of the thighs that contribute to that pear-shaped appearance. These fats tend to form in the underdeveloped area underneath the butt and tie in with our glutes. The fats accumulated in this underdeveloped area become soft and fall toward the sides of the thighs, creating the ‘bags’ appearance.
What causes saddlebag fat?
Saddlebag fat is more prominent in women than men due to puberty and having larger pelvis. When a female hits puberty, fats tend to be accumulated in breasts, thighs, butts and hips.
The extra fat is stored in these areas to meet the demands of pregnancy, and acts as reserve energy for producing breast milk.
- Changing in estrogen levels
Estrogen in women triggers the accumulation of fat around the abdominal and thigh region, resulting in love handles and saddlebags.
Having saddlebags can be hereditary, so if your mother or grandmother have them, chances are likely that you’ll get them too!
Is it possible to get rid of saddlebags?
If the women in your family tend to be pear-shaped, it is more difficult to slim your outer thighs as science depicts that saddlebags boil down to genetics. However, there is a silver lining to this! According to a study conducted by European Heart Journal, pear-shaped women are less likely to suffer from heart attack or stroke than those who carry weight around their waist.
This particular body area can be frustratingly difficult to tone due to a variety of reasons as mentioned earlier. But, not all hopes are dashed! There are things you can do to lessen their appearance. 🙂
Tips & tricks to lose saddlebags fat fast
- Be in control of how much you eat
Saddlebags are equivalent to fats. When you eat more than what is needed by your body, these extra calories are converted to fat and stored in your arms, abdomen, love handles or saddlebags. Try eating on a calorie deficit to minimise your thigh fat.
- Eat healthily
Diets that consist of high sugar, fat, and/or high carbohydrates are detrimental to your overall health and cause saddlebags to be bigger. Add more leafy greens (eg: spinach, lettuce, kale), and eat more fruits to replace sweets. Nuts and seeds can be a great source of healthy fats and protein. Include fatty fish (eg: salmon, tuna) into your diet as they are low in calories and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Switch out refined carbs like white bread, with healthier options such as oatmeal, and brown rice.
- Workout more
Incorporate more cardio workouts, as cardio can significantly minimize your outer thigh fat. Some recommended workouts include swimming, running, jumping rope, brisk walking, and cycling. Focusing exercises that target glutes help to build muscles that can reduce the fat stored on the outer thighs effectively. Subsequently, plan some toning exercises to maintain your results.
Tip: Opt for pilates or yoga if you prefer a gentler and more relaxing cardio workout!
What if dieting & exercising are not working for me?
Exercising and eating right should always be your priority when trying to lose weight or fats. However, if you find that your weight plateau even you have been working out religiously and opting for healthier food choices, here are some alternative measures for you to fix those loose saddlebags:
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