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How do you trim your bottom?

My thighs and my rear are my heavy areas. Even when I was at my smallest weight I still have a nice round rump! How do I change that?? As I get older it seems no matter how much exercise I do I still can't change my bottom half??? Ideas??

Tue. Feb 19, 2:35pm

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That's my problem area as well. I'm a typical pear shape.

I've been jumping rope for 30 minutes each day for the past 2 months, and have noticed a huge difference in my thighs and butt. It's high impact though, so I'm not sure that form of exercising is for everyone.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 2:40 PM

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This may not be what you wanted to heard, but you can't spot reduce. It is a total myth. I'd guess that you've got a body type with a "nice round rump;" I'd suggest learning to love it, and stay in overall shape so that even if you think it is too big, it is in shape along with the rest of you.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 2:40 PM

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trimming your bottom

I have been walking an hour a day for about a year now and in January I started to do an elliptical machine for 30 minutes about 6 days a week and I can tell you that I have lost so many inches on my thighs and butt. people keep saying that you can't spot reduce but you can by getting rid of fat and toning

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 4:59 PM

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I think you pointed out something important, 4;59 - I think when we do the same exercises for a long time, they're not as effective as they were in the beginning. We adapt and the benefits aren't as substantial. Changing up the workout routine challenges the body again and (with proper eating) the pounds come off. So, it's not spot reducing - it's burning more fat off your body (again).

Like the pp said, sometimes it's just a matter of body type - no matter what you do. If you're at your absolute leanest (and how many of us are?? ;)) then learn to love it (or get lipo - eek!) Otherwise, try shaking up whatever exercise you're doing now - make sure you are really challenging yourself, eat as clean as possible (whole, fresh foods, no processed foods, etc.), make sure you're not eating too many (or too few) calories, and see what happens! Good luck!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 6:41 PM

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Maybe this is just my imagination, but it seems to me that ever since I started running, my butt and thighs (esp. inner thighs) have become much more shapely!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 9:46 PM

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SPINNING!!!! my butt and thighs were massive, now they are in great shape... with diet too of course but I contribute spinning to toning my bottom half.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 7:12 AM

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No Excuses

Yea I am happy that people are giving real suggestions. I think that line about not being able to spot reduce is just an excuse. Through exercise and diet you can get a trimmer and firmer butt and thigh.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 5:06 PM

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I don't see the line about being able to spot reduce as an excuse - it's just a tip about how to address those problem areas - like you said - through reducing fat through diet and exercise.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 2:46 PM

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Ok, the term "spot reduce" is very misleading.

You have no control over where the fat comes off of your body.

However, you can absolutely chage the shape of parts of your body through toning.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3:31 PM

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