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post #1 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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How to lose weight?

Okay so i would like to lose weight, like around my thighs and stomach. any way when ridding to lose weight in these areas?

i have been ridding my three year old bareback and his trot is bumpy and after my rides and a few days after my thighs burn but i dont know if this burns fat or anything. im trying to eat less and healthier.

any tips? BTW i ride westren.
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 12:49 AM
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The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you are eating. It is not possible to determine where you lose the weight from - your body will lose weight from where it will lose weight from.
It is best to do a mix of cardio and weight training. Cardio for increased lung and heart health and burning calories, and weight training for building muscles, which burn fat.

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post #3 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 12:55 AM
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I noticed you said you ride western. I would suggest striding your horse out at the trot and start posting. Posting really works your legs and thighs. Also, squeeze your stomach muscles in while doing this..it will help strengthen your abs and also make you stronger through the back and your posture will become better too. Also, while your posting I would ask for your horse to collect and drive them forward. This will help your horse build up topline muscle, balance and hindquarter muscles.

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 12:58 AM
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I found this site and it's helped me a bunch... and actually I need to go back to using it.....

www.myfitnesspal.com you put in your gender, age, weight, your goal weight that you want to reach etc... it calculates out how many calories that you need to eat to reach your goal weight... you log in your breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner - it already has the food in their data base - even the generic foods... so if you have a bowl of Cheerios of course you have to measure them out... and say a banana.. you would put in cherrios, how much milk and what type of milk and your banana...and it takes away those calories... if you walk during the day you can guestimate how far you walk or how long you walk and you record that.... or it even gives you a list of exercises and I think horseback riding is one of the exercises... you tell it how long you rode and that to it calculates it out for you...

The website is kinda like Facebook where you can have friend you can post and then you can get encourage, the site also has a forum....

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post #5 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 10:30 AM
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Hey

Maybe try some diets or do some exercises? You should google for some guides.
But if you have some money then why not try something like weight loss programs. I googled around and come accross Truth About Abs. It seemed legit. Its been around since 2004 and alot of good reviews. And they have like free trials so its totally worth it.
I found you a review too Truth About Abs Review

But remember! First try those free guides before buying that program. If free ones dont work then try those paid!

I hope i helped
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 10:42 AM
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Walking! Specifically lunging or round penning.

I am blessed with a tendancy towards large thighs (family trait). Walking is a great way to firm and tighten.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 03:08 PM
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Yeah walking is a good thing.
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post #8 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 04:16 PM
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I don't think you'll get the weight loss results you're looking for just from horse riding alone (although that is an excellent addition to a regular exercise program!).

Try and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, especially the dark leafy greens (like spinach), energizing whole grains and proteins (nuts, beans, lean meats and fish - all in moderation of course), make sure to keep hydrated with lots of water. The key isn't necessarily eating less, it's more about eating the right thing and eating it in small amounts several times a day. It helps to plan out your meals and snacks - it also helps to always make sure you carry around a water bottle with you to keep hydrated - staying properly hydrated will also help keep you from over-eating.

Exercise is a huge deal - there are lots of different exercises that target specific parts of your body to get things toned and fit. IME you HAVE to have the combination of eating right AND exercising right if you want the best and quickest results - nothing much is going to happen if you're working your tail off, but come home and eat a burger and fries (and vice versa).

I would suggest looking into yoga or pilates - intense, slow moving work outs that really stretch and balance your body - and pair that with cardio work several times a week. Weights are awesome as well - just remember, as with all work-outs, to start out slow, don't push yourself too hard too fast, keep hydrated, and most importantly - ENJOY YOURSELF! Switch things up from time to time; go running one day, bike riding the next, take the dog (if you have one - or your horse!) out for an invigorating, brisk hike, throw in some swimming; whatever you're interested in, whatever you need to do to keep yourself motivated.

I'm a health freak/work out junkie and I'm all into eating light and clean, drinking lots of water, working out every day (doing a variety of things - bike ride, run, elliptical, weights, yoga, pilates, taking my horse out for rides or in hand and going for long hikes, etc.)... it makes you feel energized and healthy, stabilizes and balances your mood, helps you sleep better at night, boosts your confidence and self-esteem... the benefits are endless. It has completely changed my life. Totally worth passing on the desert (and in my case, just about everything other people eat)!!!
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post #9 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 04:26 PM
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Hey

Maybe try some diets or do some exercises? You should google for some guides.
But if you have some money then why not try something like weight loss programs. I googled around and come accross Truth About Abs. It seemed legit. Its been around since 2004 and alot of good reviews. And they have like free trials so its totally worth it.
I found you a review too Truth About Abs Review

But remember! First try those free guides before buying that program. If free ones dont work then try those paid!

I hope i helped
mrwood

I'm really not a fan of those "miracle" weight loss programs. It really is just common sense and will power, there is no "magic trick/pill" - if you eat properly and work out appropriately, then (barring health issues - ie; thyroid, etc.) the weight should come off. No need to waste your money when you don't need to. Though I do recommend doing your research and, if you are still unsure, contacting a personal trainer of sorts to help compile an appropriate work-out plan of action. Nutritionists are helpful for some people too - I'm not a big fan personally, but hey, different strokes and if it helps you get healthy and reach your goal, more power to ya.
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 04:54 PM
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I'm trying to lose weight too... especially from tights. The problem is my motivation, because it doesn't exist...
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