Saddlebags, one of the body’s great enemies

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Owing to genetic and hormonal factors, the accumulation of fat can appear in various parts of the body from an early age. Learn how to combat this old adversary

Saddlebags refers to the accumulation of body fat on the hips and thighs brought about by genetic factors and the effect of female hormones, and can in fact even affect thin women. Saddlebags can also begin to form during adolescence.

Losing unwanted fat in this region is not easy. It requires a lot of discipline and a combination of aerobic exercise and the overall strengthening of the hips. The best exercises focus on three interconnected muscle groups: the buttocks, the thighs and the rear quadriceps (back of the thighs).When the thighs and buttocks are strengthened, the saddlebags become smaller as the muscle is an active tissue that burns fat, improving the overall appearance and leaving the whole body more proportional.

How to resolve the issue
spinning_bikeAerobic exercises help raise the heart rate and cause fat to be burned as energy. Running, walking or even better a Spinning class (the one where you use a bike machine) are activities that help with the burning of this sort of body fat. You should consult a doctor to assess your physical suitability and seek the guidance of a qualified personal trainer who is capable of designing a suitable training program for you.

But we cannot forget that maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is essential. It is very important to avoid the consumption of sweets, fried foods and processed products. And it is important to drink lot of water (at least two litres per day) to prevent fluid retention.

It is a tough battle. But keep focused, committed, disciplined and patient and the results will come with time. Have a good work out!

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Patrícia Milani

She holds a degree in Physical Education, is 48 years old, and has worked for the past 30 years as a personal trainer. She used to enjoy running, but a problem with her foot has begun to limit one of her passions. She loves travelling to the beach, likes animals and loves her daughter, Giulia!

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