A leading personal trainer has shared the biggest mistakes you’re making when slimming your legs, and why you need to do the “right type of cardio” to see results.
Rachael Attard, from Sydney, explained that the main thing her clients ask her about is how to get slimmer thighs and legs, as this often seems to be the ‘most challenging’ body area for many women.
“I know losing inches off your thighs and legs is hard, but I also see women doing workouts that don’t get them closer to this goal,” Rachael wrote in a statement. newsletter.
“The key to slimming your thighs (and legs in general) is doing the right type of cardio, eating right, and incorporating resistance training that doesn’t make your leg muscles bigger.”
A leading PT shared the biggest mistakes you make when slimming your legs, and why you need to do the ‘right type of cardio’ to see results (Rachael Attard pictured)
One of the biggest mistakes in slimming your legs is doing the wrong type of cardio, like running, cycling, or sprinting uphill (one of Rachael’s transformations in the photo)
MISTAKE ONE – DOING THE WRONG TYPE OF CARDIO
Many people think that things like the Stairmaster, running and CrossFit are the secrets to getting slim, enviable legs.
But Rachael said walking is the best thing you can do for your limbs.
“I advise my clients to walk at least three times a week and take 10,000 steps each time,” Rachael said.
“I know it seems like a lot, but you don’t have to do it all at once. You can spread that step count over the whole day.’
The PT recommends cutting back on activities such as biking, sprinting, or running on an incline, as this can make your thigh muscles bigger in the long run.
She also tries to take between 8,000 and 10,000 steps each day to stay in shape.
Moves like heavy squats, deadlifts and lunges can make your thighs bigger and your legs bigger (one of Rachael’s transformations pictured)
Rachael (pictured) recommends sticking to bodyweight workouts that train your entire body and help you maintain a strong yet functional body and ‘lean physique’
ERROR TWO – FOCUS ON THE WRONG TYPE OF RESISTANCE TRAINING
Second, you can also make mistakes when it comes to your resistance training.
Moves like heavy squats, deadlifts, and lunges can make your thighs taller and your legs taller.
“These are all great compound exercises, but they won’t necessarily help you slim your thighs, especially if you’re an endomorph or mesomorph body type,” Rachael said.
Instead, she recommends sticking to bodyweight workouts that train your entire body and help you maintain a strong yet functional body and “lean physique.”
Light resistance training is the secret to slim legs, Rachael said.
The PT suggests light resistance moves like resistance band leg lifts and light squats, which are much more likely to burn through excess fat.
“In addition, I don’t recommend doing leg training every day,” Rachael said.
“The ONLY workout I recommend doing every day is power walking on a flat surface.”
What are the different body types and their characteristics?
This system breaks down all body types into three unique stereotypes: ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs (shown)
Ectomorph body types are very tall and slender. They don’t have much muscle and find it hard to build muscle or weight in general.
The mesomorph is located between the ectomorph and the endomorph, and they are defined by a muscular frame and shoulders wider than their waist.
An endomorph body type is usually a larger, rounder figure. They have a fairly generally stocky build and their bodies hold fat well and are difficult to lose weight.
If you eat more calories than you expend and already have bigger legs, these excess calories will just “go even more to your legs” (one of Rachael’s transformations pictured)
“You can learn online how to calculate your ideal daily calorie allowance, and if you want to lose weight, I recommend eating about 200 calories less than this number,” Rachael said (pictured)
MISTAKE THREE – YOU EAT TOO MUCH OR DON’T EAT ENOUGH
The personal trainer said that one of the mistakes many people make is simple, but often forgotten.
If you eat more calories than you expend and already have bigger legs, these excess calories will just “go even more to your legs.”
“You can learn online how to calculate your ideal daily calorie allowance, and if you want to lose weight, I recommend eating about 200 calories less than this number,” Rachael said.
However, she cautioned that you should never go below 1,200 calories if you’re trying to lose weight.
Finally, you may not be eating enough to see your weight loss results:
Any kind of dieting and calorie restriction will decrease your metabolism,” Rachael said.
“The slower your metabolism, the harder it is to burn extra calories.”
If you think you’re undereating, try resetting your metabolism by eating smaller meals every three hours so your body never goes into starvation mode.