How to Get Rid of Saddlebags Without Exercise
Published Sept 24, 2020
Ah, saddlebags. Those “unsightly” bulges on your upper thighs that make your butt look saggy. It not only affects your fashion choices but it can do a number on your self-confidence too.
But first, let’s get one thing clear: saddlebags or not, you are beautiful. There’s nothing wrong with having saddlebag fats. Most women will have it at some point in their lives, especially during their reproductive years.
From a medical point of view, saddlebag fats do not pose health hazards. They’re literally just excess fat which happens to accumulate under your butt. This is why you’ll most likely have it if you gain weight or have just given birth.
But if the sight of your saddlebags really bothers you, worry not. It’s not impossible to get rid of your saddlebags – even without exercise.
Yes, you read it right. Even though most people will tell you otherwise, it’s very much possible to get rid of saddlebag fats without getting physical.
To figure out the most effective way of getting rid of your saddlebags, you need to understand how you came to have it in the first place.
What Causes Saddlebags?
There are different factors that cause saddlebags. This is why for some women, no amount of workout and strength training can completely get their glutes back in shape.
In general, saddlebags are caused by three factors:
Lack of Physical Activity
Aside from making you gain weight, a sedentary lifestyle can expand your lower hip area. This is particularly true for women who have to sit in an office 8 hours a day.
When you are constantly sitting, your butt muscles will atrophy. Meaning, it will slowly waste away due to lack of use. As a result, your butt area will become saggy and lose its perkiness. Excess fat will then bleed out to the side causing saddlebags.
Hormones regulate a lot of your bodily functions including fat production. This is why hormonal imbalance can significantly throw off your body proportions. You gain weight in some areas and lose weight in others. But most of the time, it makes you gain weight in areas you want to lose weight in – like your upper thighs.
Estrogen, a hormone that’s primarily present in women, seems to be mostly responsible for saddlebags. It tells your body to deposit excess fats in your thigh area. And women produce the highest amount of estrogen during pregnancy. This is why even if a pregnant woman is not gaining weight in other areas of her body, she’ll most likely suffer from stubborn saddlebags.
If your mother, grandmother, and other female members of your family have saddlebags, then you can most certainly expect to have one too.
Genetics is one of the main causes of saddlebags. So despite being physically active and has perfectly normal hormones, if saddlebags are encoded in your DNA, you can’t run from it. But there are ways to reduce it.
Getting Rid of Saddlebags Without Exercise
When you talk about getting rid of saddlebags, most people will tell you to just hit the gym. But not all of us have the time or the ability to do an intense workout. This includes women who have just given birth or are suffering from certain illnesses where extensive physical activities are a no-no.
If you’re one of those, here’s how you can get rid of saddlebag fats without exercise:
Change Your Diet
As mentioned, saddlebags are excess fats. If you lose weight, your saddlebags will most likely reduce too. So making adjustments to your diet will have an impact on those unwanted fats in your thighs.
First off, you need to reduce your calorie intake. Note that the operative word is “reduce”. Our body needs calories to function too. So you don’t have to take carb-rich foods off your plate completely. Just eat them in moderation. Consider adding more healthy options to your meals too such as:
- nuts and seeds
- sweet potatoes
- whole grains
Take the Stairs
If you can, opt for the stairs rather than the elevator. Depending on the flights, climbing up the stairs isn’t usually considered a strenuous activity. But when done regularly, it can help tone your thigh and leg muscles.
Walk Whenever Possible
Instead of taking your car or calling for Uber, choose to walk especially if your destination is just a few blocks away. Just like taking the stairs, walking isn’t a strenuous activity. But even a simple lifestyle change as this can help you lose weight and tone your leg and butt muscles.
Use a Standing Desk
You already know that too much sitting can lead to saddlebags. But some of us have no choice, particularly if you work in a 9-5 office job. Don’t worry, we won’t recommend you quit your job. Instead, we suggest you consider using a standing desk.
In case you’re not familiar, a standing desk is basically just an office desk but with no chair. So you’re forced to stand up while working. This can help prevent muscle atrophy and consequently, saddlebags.
You probably know of liposuction, but have you heard of laser liposuction? Well, it’s the less painful alternative to the traditional liposuction treatment.
Using light therapy technology, laser lip targets and melts unwanted fats in virtually any region of the body. It can be used on your belly, arms, and upper thighs. Unlike traditional lipo, it has no downtime, bruising, swelling, pain, or any side effects. You can go back to your regular activities right after you get out of the clinic.
All of the methods suggested above don’t produce instant results. You need to do it consistently for months or even years. But if you’re in a hurry, you can always opt for cosmetic surgery.
With cosmetic procedures like fat transfer, you’ll see the difference right after the surgery. You won’t have to wait for a long time or stay in the gym for months just to get that firm and slim buttocks.
About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.