By Diets InReview
Updated: October 11, 2017
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The pesky and unwanted little fat deposits around your hips and upper thighs? Those are the saddlebags, and they're are a problem area for women everywhere. While it may seem difficult to eliminate them, it's not impossible. Pair these four saddlebag-blasting exercises with a healthy diet, and you'll be saying sayonara to your saddlebags in no time!

Clamshells

Lie on right side with knees bent at a 45-degree angle, left leg stacked on top of right, and knees and ankles aligned. Keeping core engaged and ankles together, slowly open left knee to the sky. Pause, then return to starting position. Be sure to engage glutes and keep torso straight. (For more of a challenge, wrap a resistance band around legs slightly above knees.) Do 12 to 15 reps on each side.

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Lateral Lunge

Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart. Without moving left leg, take a big step to the right with right foot. Keeping left leg straight, squat down to the right by sitting hips down and back. Keep core engaged and back straight, and don't let right knee come past toes. Push through right heel to return to starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps on each side.

Squat Walks

Wrap a resistance band around legs slightly below knees (for more of a challenge, wrap it around ankles). Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart. Engage glute muscles and sit hips back slightly. Engage core and take a big step to the left (don't let knees collapse inward). Then step right foot toward left, making sure to maintain tension in the band. Take 15 steps to the left and then reverse, taking 15 steps to the right.

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Fire Hydrants

Get on hands and knees in a tabletop position, shoulders stacked above wrists and hips above knees. Flex feet and engage core. Keeping knee bent, lift left leg out to the side until inner thigh is parallel with the ground. Pause at the top and slowly return to starting position. Do 15 reps on each side.

Finish with my Strawberry Banana Crunch Smoothie Bowl for a tasty post-workout recovery snack.

By Dempsey Marks for DietsInReview.com

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Comments (4)

Anonymous
December 18, 2018
The fat that is stored in your buttocks and thighs is particularly stubborn due to estrogen. Did you know that the female lower body has 9 times more Alpha (fat storing) than Beta (fat-burning) receptors? So, every time a Beta receptor tries to release fat, it has to fight 9 Alpha receptors that try to store fat back in. That's why it's so difficult to sculpt the lower body. I really struggled with my pear-shaped body, until i found a way to reduce estrogen dominance. Read my story here ==> http://bit.ly/aboutmyweightloss
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Anonymous
January 24, 2018
Thank you so much for actually noting which muscles/muscle groups the exercises actually target. Sometimes I wonder what the point of an exercise is in regards to which muscle it is meant to target and you spell it all out for your readers