Are there any specific things you could give me to do? I seem to carry most of my weight/body fat in my midsection and my thighs, but I lose from my gut faster than I do my thighs. Why is that? Any thoughts or suggestions would help greatly. Do I need more cardio? I do it 3 to 4 times per week already. Do I need to lift more weight with my legs? How do I make the dimples go away?
Your problem with lower body fat buildup is a typical one for women.
It happens due to your hormones and body physiology. Basically your body is always trying to prepare itself for childbearing. Men have the same problem with abdominal fat (it's not for the childbearing reason, though, even if they may look pregnant).
Losing the cottage cheese is going to be a matter of losing fat.
There are exercises you can do to tone up the muscle underneath the area and help improve the appearance though. Once you lose the fat, you'll have nicely toned muscle to display.
It sounds like you are doing a good amount of cardio already. If you can, I would recommend trying interval training as a way to improve your fat loss.
To do this, you will alternate between periods of high intensity and low intensity.
For example, on the elliptical trainer (or other machine) start with a short warm-up, then set on a relatively high intensity that makes you work hard for 30 seconds to a minute. Then knock it back to the warm-up level for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat this for 10 to 15 minutes.
This form of training will help boost your metabolism long after you're done, causing you to burn more calories during the day.
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