Burning excess leg fat is difficult if you do not know where to begin. You body will store excess fat on different areas of your body depending on your body shape. Pear-shaped people tend to store the extra fat in their lower body, primarily the legs. To rid yourself of this weight on your legs, you must combine diet and exercise. One will not work without the other.
- Revise your diet; you must burn more calories than you consume each day in order to burn fat and lose weight. Keep in mind that you have to burn 3,500 calories to get rid of one pound of fat. Eat normally for three days and record calories for everything that you consume. Do not forget drinks. If you reduce this average calorie count by 500 each day you will lose a pound each week based upon calorie consumption alone. Eating healthier will also help your body’s metabolism; incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet.
- Do cardiovascular exercises, which are the quickest way to burn leg fat and improve overall health. Power walking, jogging and running are all cardio exercises that will burn leg fat quickly. If you are using a treadmill remember that the higher the incline the better the workout for your legs. Other cardio exercises that will burn leg fat quickly are using a stair stepper, cycling or using a stationary bike and rollerblading. Start with short cardio sessions lasting 15 to 20 minutes a day and increase the length of time as your body becomes stronger. Do cardio sessions 4 to 6 times a week for best results.
- Add calf raises to exercise routine. Calf raises will tone your calves and help burn fat from the entire back of your legs. To do a calf raise, stand with your feet flat and slowly rise up until you are standing on the balls of your feet. Hold this position for one second before slowly lowering back down. Repeat this exercise 15 to 20 times a day three to five days a week for best results.
- Incorporate seated leg raises to your exercises routine. Seated leg raises tone your thighs and help burn fat off of the front of your legs. To do a seated leg raise, sit on an armless chair with your back straight against the back of the chair. Let your arms hang straight down towards the floor and grab the side of the chair. Slowly lift your legs, keeping your toes pointed towards the ceiling until your legs form a straight line. Hold this for three seconds and then slowly lower back to starting position. Repeat this eight to 10 times three to five times a week for best results.