Posts Tagged ‘Hips and Thighs’

Lipo-suck-tion

June 7, 2011

To those of you pinching pennies in hopes of paying for liposuction, listen up. 

A recent study found that a year after getting the fat sucked out of their hips and thighs, women who underwent the procedure gained all the fat back.  Butt But the fat didn’t reappear where it once was.  Instead, the lost flab returned to the belly, back and triceps. 

So what gives?  Here’s what doctors tell the New York Times:

The body, they say “defends” its fat. If you lose weight, even by dieting, it comes back. And, the study showed, if you suck out the fat with liposuction, even if it’s only a few pounds — it was about 5.8 pounds for subjects in the study — it still comes back.

“It’s another chapter in the ‘You can’t fool Mother Nature’ story,’ ” said Dr. Rudolph Leibel, an obesity researcher at Columbia University.

That lipo-SUCKS!

So in the end you stay fat, but so does your wallet.  Only one of those is a good thing.

SOURCE: Liposuction Study Finds That Lost Fat Returns

 

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Ab-solute shocker

March 15, 2011

Conventional health wisdom has long held that fat stored around your middle puts you at a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.  But new research totally upends that thinking.

According to researchers at the University of Cambridge in London, it doesn’t matter where you store your fat, just how much of it you have.  They claim if you’re obese than it doesn’t matter if it’s around your middle or in your thighs…being overweight automatically puts you at a higher risk for the aforementioned health problems.

What’s more, these British researchers also found that your BMI number isn’t an accurate way to determine if you’re more prone to developing heart disease.  Instead, they say tracking a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol is the best way to assess that risk.  They are quick to point out, however, that BMIs are a good way to identify who may be more at risk to develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  That’s because people classified as obeseusually tend to have both of these ailments.

What strikes me about this research is this: maybe now people will become less concerned about whether they’re an apple or a pear shape and focus more on getting their whole body fit and healthy rather than those perceived “trouble spots”.

SOURCE: Fat Alone, Not Where It Sits, May Be Key to Heart Problems

Tips to Stay Fit

May 13, 2010

Looking for some new exercises to inject into your gym routine?  Then check out this Fit Fact. The blog is relatively new, which means there aren’t that many, but I have it on good authority that a new exercise will be posted every week.  For those of you who are too lazy too click through here’s this week’s video on single leg squats.

Bend and Snap

April 30, 2010

Squats are a great way to firm up your behind.  But if you hate them because they hurt your back and/orknees, it could be that you’re doing them wrong.  Check out this one minute squat tutorial and get your ass(ests) in check!

Like a Ton of Bricks

April 23, 2010

Ask a woman which area of her body she wants to tone and odds are she’ll either answer (1) her arms or (2) her hips/thighs/booty.  We took care of that first answer last week.  If you missed it, here it is again.  As for number 2, let me introduce you to the brick workout.

Brick workouts are simple, yet really effective at slimming your lower half.  Start out on the bike.  You’re going to want to spend about 1/2 to 3/4 of your workout time pedaling.  When time is up, transition to the treadmill and start running.  Finish your workout there.  And that’s it!  After the first time, you’ll understand why it’s called a brick workout. 

For those of you who want to know what you’re getting into before trying, your legs essentially feel like bricks as you changeover from biking to running.  You’re going to have to force the run at first, but as your running muscles get warmed up, you’ll fall into your normal running rhythm.

Like I said, I found this a great way to tone those hips, thighs and glutes.  I recommend working a brick workout into your workout routine no more than once every other week.

Another reason to love that booty

January 19, 2010

This just in:  those curvy hips, shapely butt and thunder thighs are good for you!

British researchers say the type of fat carried in that part of the body has the ability to soak up fatty acids and contains an anti-inflammatory agent that stops arteries from clogging.

But these scientists warn that sporting a rotund tummy with that pear shaped bottom negates whatever good comes from a big butt.

You can read more about their research here.

What I find most fascinating are these two lines:

“Science could look to deliberately increase hip fat, they told the International Journal of Obesity.  And in the future, doctors might prescribe ways to redistribute body fat to the hips to protect against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.”

I guess we have a future of J.Lo clones to look foward to!  Sir Mix-a-Lot will be happy.

Thunder, thunder, thunder thighs

September 5, 2009

Ok ladies…this is the news we’ve been waiting for.

A team of Dutch researchers has found that having thinner thighs can spell an early death. 

Thunder thighs -ho!

thunder-thighsSeems like backward thinking, but these scientists suggest that it all boils down to muscle versus fat. 

 Their research leads them to believe that people with thighs measuring smaller than 21.6 inches (get out that tape measure!) may have too little muscle, which could mean they can’t process insulin properly, increasing the risk for diabetes and heart disease.  Less muscle can also be a sign that you people with chicken legs aren’t getting enough exercise.

But don’t swear off those squats and lunges just yet.  The study also found no increased health benefit from having thighs larger than 23.6 inches.  So aim for a number between 21.6 and 23.6 and reap the benefits of having wonderous, thunderous thighs!