I am an 18 year old female and would like to get rid of some extra fat that is on my inner and outter thighs. I'm not really looking to gain very muscley legs, although I know that exercise does build some muscle. I would just like to know if anyone knows any exercises that would burn more fat than would build up alot of muscle. I was thinking of jogging, but I'm not sure if that would work.
Also, I have read a couple of places that there are specific foods that take up (burn) more calories to digest than are actually in the food itself. These include fruits and vegetables. Is this complete nonsense or is there any truth to this?
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It is unrealsitic to think you can "spot reduce". It just does not work effectively. you can build up certain muscle groups, but you can not lose weigth in one specific area.
Same thing with particular foods. Certainly there are foods that can contribute to weight gain through an increase in fat or caloric consumption. However, ther is no one food or food group that works the other way around. of course, fruits and vegetablestend to be low calorie foods that are also good for your overall health. Eating them is a very smart thing to do. 5-10 servings a days is what many folks recommend.
30 minutes of cardio a day with 2 to 3 weight training sessions a week is good for overall health and to attain an appropriate body mass for your body type.
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Oh, and as for those "negative calorie" foods, the ones that supposedly take more energy to eat then they give you, the most cited examples are celery and iceberg lettuce -- both mostly water, and not exactly the most nutritious vegetables, either. Pretty much any fresh fruit or vegetable is good for you to eat all the time.
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Walking is probably one of the best exercises you could do to try and tone up your legs without builiding major muscle. Also rollerblading. The trick to toning up is use little resistance but high reps. Walking and rollerblading fit the bill.
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you can't take weight off in one spot, but if you tone up, you will lose some in the specific spot, try running, that will help. also eat celery. it burns/takes away calories.
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There is no food that burns or takes away calories. All food provides calories. That's not to say you shouldn't eat celery, but it's not magic. It's a food like any other. Celery won't make you fat, but it won't melt fat. Neither will grapefruit or cabbage soup or any other "miracle" food.
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