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Thighs Getting too Bulky

I'm hoping that someone can shed some light on my new problem. I've been doing the same workout routine for a while now. On MWF, I go to the gym to use the elliptical for about 45 minutes, which is then followed by a 15 circuit of dumbells for my arms, then a nice stretch. On T/TH/S, I do a round of Tae Bo. I also do yoga everyday. However, lately I have been noticing that my thighs have been increasing in size. I've been trying to improve my diet (eating fruits, veggies, etc.), but it's not making a difference. Could it be possible that I'm overexercising? Also...because I use the elliptical for a vigorous workout, could this machine also be promoting bulkier thighs? Is it time for me to switch to power walking? I've heard this type of cardio can lead to slimmer thighs. I'm open to any suggestions!

Tue. Jun 19, 9:56pm

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although you can't target a specific area, you can tone the muscle underneath the chunkyness. try the stationary bike with a lot of resistance on the hills setting. i know my thighs were super shapely when i rode my bike everywhere.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 10:09 PM

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It could be that you need to switch up your cardio routine or just your routine in general....whenever you do the same routine for a long time your body hits a plateau and you stop noticing results. I would suggest running, that slims down thighs and I believe the bike would be great too....but I think that you should make it a habit to switch your cardio's fine if MWF you want to do cardio but don't always use the elliptical machine. Maybe on Monday you could do the elliptical then run a mile or two on Wednesday and then ride the bike on Friday...good luck!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 2:01 AM

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I guess the reason why I'm so frustrated is that I've been using the elliptical religiously for about 2 years, and I couldn't sing enough of its praises at first...thighs were much slimmer. I've been recently adding calories to my diet, with the advice that I wasn't eating enough for my fitness level. Still, I don't believe that I'm eating enough to gain weight. Is it true that you can have temporary weight fluctuations when going from a low caloric intake to a normal one?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 7:16 AM

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Are you sure that your thighs are really getting larger? (Are you measuring?) I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I ask because when I lost weight I didn't lose it evenly all over, and my proportions changed. My thighs _seemed_ to get bigger because I was losing weight on my hips and butt. It took me a while to get used to the new look, but I like it now!! :-)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 9:05 AM

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what was your calorie intake previously and what have you increased it by. also are they 'healthy calories' or coming in the form of cakes/biscuits etc. additionally what sort of effort level are you exercising at, while it's important to fuel your body, 45 minutes training at a moderate level wouldn' require you to start eating more unless you were already on a very low calorie diet.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 9:10 AM

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Thanks OP

I am having a similar problem. I do cardio every day and weights / resistance machines T / T. I change it up so that it is almost always elliptical but I throw in tread and bike all totalling anywhere between 40 min - 75 min. I eat about 1200 cals and my thighs are getting bigger. I ahve actually measured and they are increasing

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 9:49 AM

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I actually began to realize that I wasn't getting enough calories...probably 1200 the most on some days. When I used a few BMR programs online, it said I should be eating anywhere from 1800-2400 calories! I know my thighs are getting bigger because all of my pants feel tighter only in that section. As for good/bad calories, I really have been trying to add in more fruits and veggies, as well as yogurt and granola. I also read somewhere that going from a low caloric intake to a moderate one can cause some temporary bloating and water this true?

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:45 AM

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active women need 1600 calories/day on average, 2400 calories for the amount of exericse you're doing (which is great, you should be commended for being so active) is WAY too much *maybe for a professional athlete in some sports like triathlon or rowing, that figue may be accurate). i would presume that if you increase calories, that there would be a temporary weight change but i would also ask the question, have you measured yourself all over. weight gain doesn't go specifically to one area.

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 10:14 AM

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I'm actually just trying to cut back on the amount of cardio I do at the gym, and I'm beginning to add weight training in the equation. I can't give up yoga (love it), but is there such a thing as too much cardio?

Sunday, June 24, 2007, 7:08 AM

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10:14, hard to say how many calories are too many without knowing someone's height and age. I assume the poster has that information. :-)
I rowed for a while and if one is maintaining (not losing) and training seriously, 3500/day is not too much for a lot of people.

Sunday, June 24, 2007, 7:56 AM

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