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How to Get Rid of Your Saddlebag Fat (13 Best Exercises)

Want to know how to get rid of saddlebags?

Saddlebags are the area of fat on the outer part of your upper thighs right below your hips. It kinda looks like the saddlebags being carried on a horse and it’s a very common problem for a lot of women.

You’ll start to notice your saddlebags getting bigger the more sedentary you become. If you have to sit a lot or have a desk job then you can expect your lower body to explode.

Hormones also cause fat to be stored in areas like your thighs, hips and saddlebag area. It can be really hard area to get rid of but definitely not impossible.

You’re going to need to burn off total body fat to get rid of your saddlebags for good. Otherwise, it will be hard to lose them if you have an extra layer of fat on top of the muscle lying underneath.

Here you’ll also find exercises you can use to shape your upper side thighs. I know spot reduction doesn’t work very well, but you’ll find tips and strategies to get the results you want.

Thigh fat, especially the saddlebags, are the number one problem area for many women with the pear-shaped body.

But you can use these methods below to cut down on your saddlebag fat. You can also get rid of your cellulite and help to smooth your thighs.

Even if you’re pretty fit it can still make losing your saddlebags seem like the last area that wants to go. This can be really discouraging but I’ll show you the best ways to get rid of them.

So have hope you can get rid of your saddlebags completely, but expect to put in some work to get the results you want.

If you’re interested on getting rid of your hip dips then check out my other article too.

Why Can’t You Get Rid Of Your Saddlebags

pear shaped body

Having big thighs might keep you warm at night, but that doesn’t mean you want them.

Even if you seem to be losing weight your saddlebags can seem like they’re getting bigger. That’s because these stubborn body fat places like hold onto the fat as long as possible.

This can leave you feeling frustrated and defeated but I’m here to offer you some hope.

Having a bad diet and lack of exercises are the biggest reasons why you started to develop saddlebags.

Women tend to have a higher body fat percentage than men because of higher estrogen levels. Women also have the genes to promote more storage of body fat.

Men tend to carry a lot of belly fat while women tend to have a pear-shaped body for storing fat on their hips and thighs.

If you have a pear-shaped body you can blame your genetics. Science has found where we store our body fat is predetermined on your genetics.

Storing fat in these areas was helpful for the survival of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Having future energy reserves for a possible famine or drought was of the utmost importance back then.

Nowadays having saddlebags has become very problematic for a lot of women as it’s not very physically attractive.

This is why it can seem like it’s nearly impossible to get rid of your saddlebags. But it’s more than possible to get rid of them if you’re following the guidelines and tips below.

You can discover more on how to get rid of your thigh fat here.

Get Rid Of Your Saddlebags Diet

Get Rid Of Your Saddlebags Diet

First off you’re going to have to start to eliminate the bad foods causing you to get saddlebags in the first place.

Here’s a list of the junk foods you’re going to have to quit to drop unwanted body fat and slim down your body.

You’re also going to have to watch your caloric intake daily to make sure you’re not eating too much food.

Counting calories definitely isn’t everything but it’s important to make sure you’re not eating too much. Even if you’re eating healthy foods it will be hard to lose fat if you’re eating too much.

You’re also going to need to increase your intake of protein while reducing your daily carbohydrates.

An easy way to get more protein (with minimal calories) in your diet is to drink a protein shake. The grass-fed whey protein powder by Athletic Greens is by far the best for this.

Protein helps to promote your metabolism while increasing the amount of lean muscle you have on your body.

I include a calorie and macronutrient calculator in my Flat Belly Formula system you can use to instantly determine these numbers to lose fat rapidly.

Be sure to not shy away from good fats such as avocados, almonds, and grass-fed butter. You can find more of these good fats here.

Be sure you’re eating enough fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Just make sure you’re not eating too many fruits as they do contain natural sugars which in excess can add to your weight.

If you’re looking for my complete Food List Cheat Sheet just scroll down to the bottom of the page to download my free guide.

Can You Target Lose Your Saddlebags?

Can You Target Lose Your Saddlebags?

Spot reduction, a.k.a. losing fat in targeted places can seem like it’s near impossible but that’s not the whole truth.

It’s always a good idea to strengthen the muscles laying under the fat in these specific areas.

This way you’ll be able to make the muscles stronger while making the targeted area more metabolically active.

This will help to shape the area you’re trying to rid of which in this case your saddlebag fat.

Muscle is a great way to fight your body fat and increase your metabolism. Sedentary lifestyles cause you to lose muscle as you age, which makes the problem much more severe.

If you genetically have a pear-shaped body then you’re going to lose body fat in your upper body before your lower body.

But here is a newer study finding that spot reduction can work in some amount.

Researchers found the group using lower body strength training lost more fat in their lower body compared to the upper body training group.

You don’t need to rely on using Spanx to remold your hips. It doesn’t work like that.

You’re going to have to use diet, exercise and some simple lifestyle changes to get rid of your saddlebags forever.

Best Exercises for Saddlebag Fat

Best Exercises for Saddlebag Fat

The best exercises and workouts you can use to get rid of your saddlebags are High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT).

This is going to be significantly more effective in losing your body fat. You’ll get rid of your saddlebags faster than traditional slow-go cardio and weightlifting machines.

Slow-go cardio like jogging or cycling will help you lose some fat off your body. But you’re going to get much quicker results using HIIT workouts instead.

HIIT workouts have been proven to burn significantly more body fat than old school slow-go cardio workouts.

Along with burning more body fat, your metabolism will also be elevated for up to 38 hours after you finish working out. Not to mention your body will release more natural fat burning hormones from HIIT workouts.

Be sure to use Metabolic Resistance Training workouts to tone and shape down your upper outer hips.

MRT workouts use compound movements, heavyweights, complementing exercises and short rest periods to maximize fat burning and lean muscle gains.

You can find the best HIIT and MRT workouts in my Fat Belly Formula system.

It contains all the exercises and workouts in a step-by-step blueprint you can easily use to get fast results so you can get rid of your saddlebag fat ASAP.

Exercise List To Lose Your Saddlebags

Side-To-Side Band Walks

side band walks

Place a resistance band around your thighs right above your knees. Slightly squat down and keep your feet pointed straight ahead. Then slowly stepped side to side 10 paces each way to effectively work the outer part of your thighs.



Lay on your side and place a band around your thighs right above your knees. With your knees bent slowly began to lift the top knee up towards this guy like a clam. Then slowly bring it back down to the starting position before repeating.

Curtsy Lunge Drops

curtsy lunges

Place a box about shin to knee height in front of you. Stay on top of it with both feet hip width apart and facing straight ahead. Then take a big step back towards the ground with one leg going behind your front leg. Slowly lower your back knee towards the floor by bending your front knee. Then come back up to the starting position and alternate to the other side.

Dirty Dogs

dirty dogs

Start off in the all-fours position on your hands and knees. Make sure you keep your back straight throughout the movement. Then slowly bring one leg out to the side while keeping your knee bent. Try to get your knee up so it’s almost the same height as your hip. Slightly pause at the top before bringing your knee back down to the starting position.

Horseback Riding

horseback riding

Wilburrrr! Start off in the all-fours position on your hands and your knees. Then with one knee bent begin to make large circles with it. You will quickly start to feel the burn in your outer thighs while doing this exercise. Go 10 repetitions forward before repeating with 10 repetitions going back.

Skater Plyos

skater plyos

Start off in the standing position with your knees slightly bent and your feet hip width apart pointing forward. Then jump out to one side and land on your outside foot making sure you keep your knee bent. Then jump back far out to the other side landing on the other outside foot.

Side Lunges

side lunges

Start off with your feet hip width apart and standing straight up making sure your feet are pointed forward. Then make sure you keep your chest out throughout the movement looking straight ahead. Take a big step out to your side with one leg and then lower your hips towards your heel. Make sure you keep your heel on the ground throughout the exercise and try not to lean forward on your toes.

1-Legged Crab Bridge

1 leg crab bridge

Start off seated on the ground with your hands behind you and your knees bent in front you. Then raise your hips up off the floor so you’re in the tabletop position. Then lift one knee up off the floor. Next begin to lift your hips up and down towards the floor working one side at a time. Be sure to work both legs for this exercise.

Band Squats

band squats

Place a band around your knees right above your thighs. Make sure you keep your feet hip width apart and your toes pointed forward throughout the movement. Then slowly lower your hips towards the floor right behind your knees like you’re taking a seat on a chair. Try to get your thighs at least parallel to the floor. Then pause at the bottom for a quick second before bringing yourself back up the standing position.

Lunge Hops

lunge hops

Start off with 1 foot in front of you and 1 foot behind you. Then lower your knee towards the floor and make sure your front knee doesn’t go very far past your toes otherwise you need to move your foot farther forward. Once your knee gets about an inch or two above the floor jump back up and while you’re in the air switch the leg positions so you land with the opposite leg in front of you and behind you.

1-Legged Romanian Deadlift

1-legged rdl

Hold a weight in your left hand and place your right foot firmly on the floor. Slightly bend your left knee and lift it up off the floor. Keeping your right knee slightly bent leaned forward at your hip improving the weight towards your big toe. Once the weight almost reaches your forward slowly come back up to starting position. Be sure to repeat the exercise on the opposite side after completing the repetitions.

Side Lying Leg Raises

Lying side raises

Lay on your side on a bench. Bend your bottom leg underneath you. Extend your top leg and point your toes towards the floor. Then lift your leg up and down off the floor. Be sure to keep your toes pointing down to better target your outer hip and thighs.

Can you get rid of saddlebags?

Yes you can definitely get rid of the saddlebag fat that is unsightly and causing a lot of trouble for you. You’re going to have to slim down your entire body through dieting and intense cardio exercise. Then use the following above exercises to better target and tone your saddlebag fat away.

What causes saddlebags on thighs?

The saddlebag fat on the side of your thighs and hips is caused by an excess of fat on the area without enough muscle to tone it up. Many women are genetically prone to store fat in their hips and thighs which doesn’t make it any easier for them. But the good news is with the right dieting and exercise strategies you will be able to successfully get rid of your saddlebag fat faster than you think.

The Last Word

By now you’ve figured out how to get rid of your saddlebags. There is no magic pill and you’re also going to have to put in some work.

Getting your diet and workouts in inconsistently will help you get much quicker results than anything else out there.

Using a strategic combination of HIIT and MRT workouts will give you the best results for losing your total body fat.

You can do the above exercises 2 to 3 times per week but the majority of your workouts should be HIIT and MRT.

Then use these exercises to get rid of your saddlebag fat to shape and tone up the area even faster.

Many people who lose weight have trouble losing their saddlebags but now you have the tips and strategies to get rid of them for good.

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