Moves like the lunge tone your thighs and tighten your butt.by Su Reid-St. John, for Sharecare
Saddlebags sure are handy when you're riding a horse out on the trail or zooming along on a Harley, but when you're trying to slide into your favorite pair of skinny jeans? Not so much.
If you're saddled with saddlebags, you're in good company. "Estrogen inhibits fat in the belly and stores it on the thighs, which is why women are typically pear-shaped," says Michael Roizen, MD, adding that there's also an evolutionary reason for this bane of many women's existence. "Fat deposits on the thighs are almost exclusively used during late pregnancy and when a woman is nursing," he says. So back in the days when folks often had to scramble for a few meager bites, those thunder thighs could keep both you and your baby alive and well.
That's pretty cool -- but it doesn't really help on the skinny jean front. So what can you do to lose the "luggage" and slim your thighs? There's only one solution: good ol' diet and exercise.