Jogging is an effective way to lose fat.
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Squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans to fit in with the season's latest style trends might get you noticed, but if you carry a significant amount of fat on your legs, you've got some work to do first. No exercise will specifically target your leg fat, but exercise in general can help you lose fat throughout your body and make your goal of wearing skinny jeans reachable.
Build a workout regimen that includes at least one type of aerobic exercise. Many aerobic exercises burn calories rapidly, which makes them ideal for people who wish to lose weight. Because you can't target leg fat, the aerobic exercises you choose don't have to solely involve your legs. Aerobic exercises that burn calories quickly include swimming, bicycling and jogging. Harvard Medical School reports a 155-pound person will burn 372 calories in 30 minutes of swimming the breaststroke, 446 calories in 30 minutes of bicycling between 16 and 19 mph and 372 calories during a 30-minute jog at 6 mph.
Exercise frequently enough to put your body in a calorie deficit. This process occurs upon consuming fewer calories than you burn and daily exercise is a simple way to reach a calorie deficit. The amount you should exercise per week depends on how much weight you need to lose. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests 300 minutes a week of moderately paced aerobic exercise for numerous health benefits. A calorie deficit of 3,500 calories will help you lose 1 pound of fat, notes MayoClinic.com. The fat you lose will be throughout your body, rather than just on your legs, and to fit into your skinny jeans, you might have to create a calorie deficit for several weeks. MayoClinic.com reports it's realistic to set a goal of losing 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Monitor your calorie intake carefully to ensure you keep your body in a calorie deficit. The number of calories you should consume each day depends on such factors as your age, but the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion's guidelines suggest women between the ages of 31 and 50 should consume 1,800 to 2,200 calories, while men in the same age group should consume 2,200 to 3,000 calories per day to maintain their weight. To experience weight loss, Bodybuilding.com suggests reducing your daily calorie intake by 500 calories.
If you find the process of counting calories arduous, reduce the size of your meals by up to 15 percent, recommends the American Council on Exercise.