Are My Legs Bigger?
Q: I’m 5 feet 4, weight 123 pounds, and have a pear shape. My thighs have always been bigger than my hips. My arms are skinny and my stomach is flat. When I do leg exercises, my thighs get even bigger and my pants get tighter around the thighs. My diet is right on target. Any ideas?
A: This is a common issue when doing weight training. Have you ever heard guys in the gym say they want to get a good “pump”? After a workout, the muscles you worked will swell as a result of fluid accumulation. This will occur almost immediately after exercise — which is why I never do a leg workout when I want to get into my skinny jeans on Saturday night! The swelling will gradually subside over the next several days.Don’t fret — as long as you are not eating more calories than you are burning in a day, you will not gain muscle mass or accumulate fat. And as you continue to lose weight, your legs WILL get smaller; it just takes time.
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