Fat Knees And Thighs : Tricks To Reduce Knee Fat and Thigh Fat

Here’s Some Things You Can Do To See Results In Under 28 Days!

If you are trying to get rid of your flabby knees and thighs, I know how you feel.  It is incredibly frustrating. For anyone who has tried to tackle this problem… you know it can be difficult to know where to start…  Here’s some questions that will get you pointed in the right direction

  1. What kind of specific weight loss exercises are best to fight the flab in problem areas?
  2. How much does fitness play into reducing fat in stubborn areas and how much does weight loss nutrition play into it?
  3. Are there any other options or fat loss tools and resources that can help with spot fat reduction?
  4. Can knee liposuction effectively remove fat from my knees?

You may have a lot of questions… but after reading through some of our articles, putting together an action plan, and putting in some genuine effort, you can start to see some results within a few weeks and really notice them after a few months.

If you want permanent results you will probably have to turn these exercises into a more regular habit accompanied with a healthier diet and lifestyle to keep your knees and thighs nice and toned.


Fat Knees And Thighs

Fat knees, thighs, calves, and fat ankles can all be pesky problem areas… But it is possible to lose fat from all four! You just need to follow a plan…

Try incorporating as many of the following activities into your weekly workout routine as possible:

Walking (Do this as fast as you can so you work up a bit of a sweat and get your heart rate up a bit.  You should be slightly short of breath.)

If you have some hills nearby or long flights of stairs, that will work even better!  

When this becomes easier for you, try walking up a grass hill backwards… this will force your lower thigh muscles (just above the knees) to really work hard.  This will strengthen the lower parts of your quadriceps which will help give this area a more tones look.

Jogging: Once you can easily walk fast without getting too winded, then you should start jogging. 

Keep trying to jog a little bit longer each time you put feet to pavement or trail.  Even if it is only 10 additional seconds each jogging session… keep aiming to increase your time spent jogging.  You can even get a heart rate monitor and jog at a speed that keeps your heart rate at a “fat burning” zone.

Sprinting: Sprinting is a high intensity activity and has additional benefits that lower intensity distance activities like walking and jogging do not. 

For example, high intensity sprints have been shown to release growth hormone, which helps to burn fat for fuel among many other health benefits. 

Also keep in mind the physiques that sprinters have compared to marathon runners. Or think about the physiques of athletes whose sports require a lot of explosive short distance running, compared to the endurance athletes in biking, track and field, and triathlons. 

Sprinters often appear to be in much better shape because these high intensity training results in not only fat loss but also an increase in muscle.  This is ideal for creating sexier knees and thighs!

The ultimate fat loss exercise

Sprinters burn fat much faster and have stronger appearances than ultra distance runners.

Cycling: Cycle in the gym or on the streets.  Cycling seems to put more focus and stress on your upper legs than running and walking may. 

If you really want to get a nice burn, increase the resistance on your bike or cycle machine and slow the speed if you have to.  If you are using a real bike you can put it on the most difficult gear, and you can kick it up a notch even further by not allowing yourself to sit on the seat and just pedal standing up. 

If you decide to try this out for a minute or two you are really going to start to feel the burn in your quads and get more winded than usual.  

When you need a break just sit back down and keep pedaling until you can hit it hard again.  When you cycle like this you can really do wonders for your fat knees and thighs.

No Liquid Calories: Don’t drink calories!  Only drink fluids like water or tea.  If you’re a coffee drinker try to limit it to 1 cup a day and ideally take this prior to your workout. 

Coffee acts as a stimulant which can help you work out harder, but it also releases cortisol (the stress hormone). Cortisol interferes with sleep and recovery.  Too much of it leads our body to store more fat.  

Don’t drink any soda, juice, or milk either.  At least for the period while you are dieting.  It is recommended to greatly reduce or stop this altogether after your dieting period too since these all boost your blood sugar levels.  

When you eat solid foods, you are often taking in fiber along with the other macro nutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) and the fiber helps to slow down the digestion of these other nutrients leading to more steady blood sugar and insulin levels.  This translates to less fat storage on your body.

Avoid Whites: Eat no, or very little, breads, pastas, potatoes, rice, and other starchy foods while cutting weight.  Most of these have been bleached and then “enriched” with vitamins because the bleach had depleted what little nutrients they had to begin with. 

Just by cutting these out, you will begin to see the flab come off within 2 – 3 weeks.  If you do have to have rice eat wild rice.  If you must have pasta eat whole grain pasta and the same goes for bread. 

For potatoes, sweet potatoes actually have quite a bit of fiber which helps regulate blood sugar levels.  And ideally, if you decide you must have one of these more starchy foods, have them approximately an hour after you workout out so the calories go mostly back to refueling your muscles instead of “storage for later” adipose tissue. 

Compound the other tips and it should come off even faster and you should begin to feel more energetic.

Although this is probably not what you want to hear, keep in mind that it is debatable wether or not you can spot reduce fat without liposuction.  Most experts agree that your body will simply lose fat all around (systemically) in whatever way it is predisposed to, rather than focus its fat loss in one area.

For men, fat tends to accumulate primarily in the stomach area and woman often have fat accumulate in the buttocks and upper legs.  

Often times your body will begin to lose fat in these areas where the most is accumulated first and consequently you may not readily notice your fat knees and thighs shedding their flab until after these areas that have larger fat deposits have been trimmed.

Stay Motivated With The Tricks The Pro’s Use

This can make it difficult to stay motivated so it is always a good idea to take before and after pictures and take some measurements before you embark on your diet and workout program.

If you can track and see your progress, however small and incremental it may be, you will have a much easier time saying motivated. You should take your pictures using the same lighting and position every week or every 2 weeks to see results. 

And remember, it is going to take you even longer to lose fat around your knees so be patient. As far as taking measurements just use a measuring tape or use a string wrapped around your knee and then measure the length of the string with a ruler. 

Record your numbers and take more measurements throughout your dieting and workout program. Also keep in mind that you may be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. 

If this is the case, you may not experience a change in circumference of your measured areas, but hopefully you will notice a difference in tone from the pictures.

Barbell squats to burn leg fat

Squats will build and shape your leg muscles faster than any other leg exercise. Deadlifts are up there as well.


Resistance Training will serve to build stronger muscles and build more tone and shape in your legs which can make your fat knees much less noticeable… even without losing any fat!

Additionally, the more muscle you have and the more you work it, the more calories your body will burn throughout the day. Some bodybuilders have theorized that when you focus your work out on a specific area it also forces more blood to that area which consequently pushes more nutrients to the same area.  This may help a person lose fat from that specific area.  

This is one of the best theories in favor of the possibility of spot reduction that I have heard.  It just makes sense.

You could also try adding thermogenic cream (Fat Burning Cream) to the area you are trying to target prior to your workout to increase the blood flow to this area even more.  Or try experimenting with some of the ice fat burning techniques that Tim Ferris talks about in his 4-Hour Body Book

A workout program that does not include weight training (aerobic, cycling, etc.) is not going to get the same amount of results for fat knees as one that does include lifting weights.

How should you go about resistance training?  Focus on compound movements for you legs.  Do lots of squats, lunges, and dead lifts.  These are the most natural forms of movement and they are the most efficient exercises you can perform because they work the most muscles at the same time.  

They work you entire legs, glutes, as well as your midsection.  They definitely give you the most bang for you buck and again they will begin to build more shape in your legs and create better proportions which will make any fat problem areas you have much less noticeable.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of proper form for squats and lunges if you don’t already have that down.

Have any more tips or strategies or thoughts on the matter?  Share them below and help everyone out!  Were all in this together and we can help each other get rid of our fat knees and thighs by sharing our experiences with these pesky problem areas :)



6 thoughts on “Fat Knees And Thighs : Tricks To Reduce Knee Fat and Thigh Fat

  1. This is a great website! Here’s my problem. I believe the fat around my knees is due to arthritis. It’s inflammation, I believe, from all the sugar and white food products consumed over the years. It makes me look more knock kneed. With this condition, are you telling me that I still can reduce the fat around my knees?

  2. I need to reduce the fat around my knee in prep for a knee replacement. In addition to a low carb diet are the cycling and stepping exercises still the most valid?


    • Those are great as well as walking backwards up a steep hill, preferably one with grass in case you fall. But if you take it slow you should be good. People may look at you funny but walking up a hill backwards has helped me really feel a nice burn around my quads and I think it also helps your calves so your working all the muscles around your knee.

      However if you are going to get surgery soon please check with your surgeon about how these may affect your knee. It’s not worth it to put even more stress on your knees if they are already injured. Hope that helps!

  3. Interesting. I sincerely wish I could do these things you suggest. Damaged my sacral iliac ligament at the gym in 2008 then meniscus ligament in my right knee 6 months later…. (Fibromyalgia since 1990 or before) Three major stomach surgeries 2011-13 then meniscus damage diagnosed in left knee after MRI. 2 weeks ago woke up with a very sore left knee and by the evening I couldn’t walk…. meniscus ligament in that knee has now gone.

    I have slim ankles and then suddenly at mid calf both legs become very large – at the knees and thighs very much like the photo you posted though I think mine are bigger. (My arms do the same) Is there ANYTHING you can suggest please?

    Many thanks

    • Fliss–I would suggest swimming. It is easy on the joints and it has the same great cardiovascular benefits as walking, jogging, and biking. You can also do water walking and running, as well as water weights. You can easily do lunges and squats in the shallow end of the pool, and you can use weights designed for pool use if you’re interested in increasing the amount of resistance (and thereby increasing fat burning).

      Depending on the severity of your knee pain, you may also try a recumbent bike (stationary or road) which allows you to sit back and takes the stress off the lower back. However, you still must cycle regularly, which may be too hard on your knees. Overall, swimming is an excellent choice. Check your local community center or gym to see if there are classes, or you can go to the pool and follow your own routine. Good luck!

      • Fliss, Annie posted some great suggestions with regards to looking into water based exercises. Swimming and weight training in the pool may be a great fit for you since your knees may not have full range of motion and cycling may aggravate pain in that area.

        An added bonus of being in water for an exercise is the fact that your body burns extra calories when you are in non-heated or lowly-heated water even if you are not exerting yourself much. Your body has to burn extra energy just to keep your temperature at the right levels so just being in water for about an hour actually burns quite a bit of calories.

        Tim Ferris mentions this in his book the 4-hour work week and how it can speed along fat loss, especially if the water is on the cooler end of the spectrum. Definitely something you should check out considering your prior injuries and surgeries.

        There are also tons of exercise band resistance exercises that you could easily do at home and are easy on the joints. Just search on Youtube exercise resistance band exercises for whatever body part you want to focus on.

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