I have thick legs since young (I am 29 now) and play soccer once a week. After my soccer workout I feel my legs get very thick for at least 2 days.

Why is that happening?

I am hoping to make my legs slimmer but sport seems to do the opposite. What is recommended to slim legs and butt? And when it comes to diet, what should I get rid of?


Note: I am 5.10 and weight around 182 pounds. My complexion is athletic, barely no belly and I tend to generate muscle easily. My legs are muscled, not fatty, but I don't work out every day, I just play soccer once a week.

  • give us some more information regarding your heigt weight etc. the size of your leg, is it fat or muscle? Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 18:51
  • @OmarAsifShaikh added it at the end of the question
    – samyb8
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 19:03

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It sounds like your legs have significant lean tissue mass (and not excess fat). If that is the case, the solution is a bit more extreme. I normally wouldn't suggest it to anyone but if you really want to try to reduce leg muscle mass then you need to stimulate muscle atrophy:

  1. Reduce leg activity. No intense leg exercise only really low steady state. The extreme example of this is put your legs in casts for a few months, and you will get muscle atrophy.

  2. Reduce protein intake, as this causes the body to break down lean body tissue when amino acids are lacking. Honestly I strongly urge you not to take this route as you don't want to break down other important tissues because of lack of protein.


It looks like you personally prefer your legs to be slim, but you legs are obviously healthy and have muscle mass. Soccer Players have large legs because all they have to use in the game are their legs! Most people would always prefer muscle to slim legs.

But if you still feel dissatisfied by your legs(visually), then you could do some upper body weight training to even out the body shape.

  • I am not a soccer player, just play soccer once a week as cardio. I was intending to get some tips to slimmer legs. Something like foods to remove from diet, exercises to shape legs, etc
    – samyb8
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 20:46
  • This sounds like you are trying reduce your body fat %, see fitness.stackexchange.com/a/18102/10052 on tips on how to lose weight. You cannot target an area for fat loss, everyone carries their weight in different areas. Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 23:59

This might not appeal to everyone, but swimming is a solid cardio activity that will burn fat and won't build your legs much. It's mostly about back, shoulders and core. It isn't weight bearing or impact-centric like running or soccer.

If you're not a strong swimmer already and you're interested, I highly recommend getting some lessons for awhile. Once you're swimming laps with confidence, consider joining a masters group so you can really push yourself during each workout.

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