No matter what you call it, the problem remains the same…you have them & you have struggled for the longest trying to get rid of them.
Here’s the deal: saddlebags occur because fat has settled in over your hips, thighs, & buttocks. But that’s NOT all they are. According to Women’s Health, “Saddlebags are also a result of having an underdeveloped area just under your butt where the back of your thigh & your hamstring “ties into” your glutes.”
Truth is, most of us have them. The good news is you can get rid of them. Here are 5 simple things you can do to help you get rid of your saddlebags.
1. Limit processed foods: The idea is to limit or eliminate foods full of empty calories, bad fats, and foods that provide very low or no nutritional benefits. Remember, saddlebags are a result of excess fat stores. While we need healthy fats to lose fat, we don’t want fried foods, cookies, cakes, etc…#EatClean.
2. More good cards. Less bad carbs: The message remains the same…you need more of the good stuff & far less of the bad stuff. The truth is your body needs carbs–it needs GOOD carbs. Fuel up on whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat products, quinoa, oats, & veggies.
3. Drink water: Drinking plenty of water aids your metabolism and helps to reduce water retention. What you may not know is water retention, which happens when your body does not get enough water, can make your saddlebags appear larger. Stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink 8oz for every 20lbs you carry.
4. Eat more veggies & fruit: We’ll keep it simple. Eat the rainbow! No, we are not talking about Skittles! Eat more veggies. Eat more fruit. Both are packed with tons of vitamins & minerals, are low in calories, and they provide additional protein & fiber.
5. Work it out!: Here’s the deal: target or “spot” training helps you tone & sculpt specific areas, however, it will not completely aid you in getting rid of those saddlebags. The goal is to get in at least 30 min of cardio 4-5 times per week. Cardio includes activities like running, biking, elliptical training, swimming, zumba, or any activity that is going to elevate your heart rate. On your cardio days or alternate days, include resistance training. You can use dumbbells or your own body as natural resistance. You can do things like planks, push ups, lunges, pilates, weight lifting circuits, or yoga.
As always, thank you for time, love & support. We hope what we have shared has helped you. Feel free to share your thoughts with us. Be sure to share this info with family & friends.
-Eric & Maleka Beal
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Eric and Maleka Beal are health coaches and co-founders of BetterChoices, a health & wellness company and social community focused on educating, advocating, and promoting better health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness education.