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How to Trim Inches Off Your Stomach and Thighs

By Denise Stern ; Updated July 18, 2017

If you can’t wear your favorite clothes because you’ve gained weight in your stomach, hips and thighs, it’s time to get moving and rid yourself of that muffin top or thunder thighs. Excess weight around the waist, hips and thighs is often caused by a lack of exercise or a poor diet -- or both. In addition to a good overall cardio or aerobic workout program and a low-calorie diet or change in eating habits, engage in exercises that tone your stomach, hips and thighs. Talk to your doctor about a diet and exercise plan to help you achieve your goals.

  1. Walk for at least five to 10 minutes daily, gradually increasing your walking time to 30 minutes a day. As you grow stronger, increase the intensity and duration of your walk. Start off slowly so that you and your body get into the habit of exercising.

  2. Perform a variety of waist-twisting exercises several times through the day to start toning your oblique muscles and burning calories, which will reduce your weight overall. The broomstick twist is one type of exercise you can do sitting or standing. Hold a broomstick over your shoulders, grasping each end with your hands. Twist slowly from side to side, keeping your back straight and your abdomen tucked in. Do 25 on each side. Increase your speed and repetitions as you grow stronger.

  3. Exercise to burn extra calories every day. Get moving with cardio and fat-burning activities like rollerblading, roller-skating, swimming and tennis. Elliptical trainers and steppers offer low-impact yet beneficial calorie-burning workouts. While you can't spot-reduce for weight reduction, you can target certain areas of your body like your waistline and thighs with toning exercises for a leaner, slimmer look.

  4. Cut back on the amount of calories you consume daily. Combined with exercise, a low-calorie diet or change in eating habits offers you multiple benefits, including weight loss and reduction of both muffin top and thunder thighs for most people.

  5. Tip

    Talk to your doctor about a low-fat diet or other lifestyle changes to help you maintain long-term weight loss and weight maintenance.

    Burn more calories on a daily basis than you consume to lose weight.


    Before you start a new exercise routine, especially if you’ve been inactive for a long time or have a medical condition, talk to your doctor.

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