Hip and Thigh Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

hip-and-thigh-dietRosemary Conley’s Hip and Thigh Diet was first published in 1988. It rapidly became popular (particularly in the UK), staying at the top of the bestseller lists for years.

The title was a marketing coup – as so many women struggle with weight around their hips and thighs.

However, most research refutes the notion that fat loss can be targeted to specific areas. Fat usually leaves at the same order it went on.

Hip and Thigh Diet Basics

The Hip and Thigh diet is a very low fat, low calorie diet (approximately 1200 calories).

The books provide a series of different meal plans that can be chosen each day. There is no calorie counting involved.

The diet is fairly restrictive, with the following foods forbidden:

  • All nuts and seeds
  • All oils and lards
  • All dairy (except skim milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese)
  • All butter and low fat spreads

A typical meal would be made up of lean meat, poultry, legumes, unlimited vegetables, and medium amounts of starchy carbohydrates.

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Lose Hip and Thigh Fat? Not Likely

The title of the diet implies that it will specifically deal with fat in those areas. This premise is false.

It is extremely difficult to spot reduce certain areas. The body will burn fat from where it wishes (and this is typically from where the fat went in last). Usually Hip and Thigh fat are the last to go, with arms, abdomen, and bust disappearing first in most women.

The diet is is too low in healthy fats (overall fat ration probably about 15-20%. More recent nutrition research suggests that certain fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) are required.

A lower calorie diet can also be quite difficult to stick to, with frequent hunger pangs – potentially leading to bingeing.

It is also likely that most dieters would hit a plateau sooner or later.

    Citations:

  • Schade, M., Helledrandt, F. A., Waterland, J. C., & Carns, M. L. (1962). Spot reducing in overweight college women: its influence on fat distribution as determined by photography. Research Quarterly. American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 33(3), 461-471. link
  • Kostek, M. A., Pescatello, L. S., Seip, R. L., Angelopoulos, T. J., Clarkson, P. M., Gordon, P. M., … & Price, T. B. (2007). Subcutaneous fat alterations resulting from an upper-body resistance training program. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 39(7), 1177-1185. link
  • Katch, F. I., Clarkson, P. M., Kroll, W., McBride, T., & Wilcox, A. (1984). Effects of sit up exercise training on adipose cell size and adiposity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 55(3), 242-247.
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: March 3, 2015. Disclaimer
  • sonya thomas

    dont do it. doesnt work!

  • emma

    doesnt work at all

  • juliana

    complicated

  • CHRISTIE

    BEST EVER DIET IN THE OPPOSITE

  • Kathy

    I just read it and I think its stupid

  • Kassy

    After all the negative comments I dont think i would venture there!!!!!

  • Elspeth

    Think What You Like But I Went On It And Lost 2 Stone In Just 7weeks. Anythings Possible. The Only Diet Thats Ever Worked For Me! Do It!!

  • Martina

    It works, I lost 10kgs in 6 months.

  • april cunningham

    I’ve tried it and it does work.

  • dada

    eats what u want….golden rule-EXERCISE!!!!!

  • blake

    LOL this is funny.

  • sonia

    hi there i am trying this diet starting monday have got all the food and even started pilates i think im going to enjoy it i really want to and need to lose weight so i hope this does work

  • Adele

    it DOES work. I’m telling you. And it’s true – you can lose weight or inches off the hips and thighs if you cut out high fat foods. It always deposits on those areas, but if you follow this diet, there will be no fat for it to go on those areas and along with the exercises, it does work. Anyone who says it doesn’t is probably jealous that they didn’t come out with this diet first!And… you CAN eat loads.

  • riah

    well i have big hips & thighs so i am going to give it go, if the outcome is either good or bad, i’ll definately let ya’ll know about it.

  • Anne

    Called H&T as in experiment before book published that’s where trial dieters lost the inches from.

  • steph

    This is the best diet I have ever followed. It gives you plenty of options when choosing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can eat heaps and even have a three course dinner if you wish, and alcohol is allowed. As well, you don’t have to spend heaps of money on complicated ingredients as the diet uses everyday items you would buy normally such as meat, vegetables, salad items etc. All it requires really is that you take fat out your diet while you are losing weight then you go onto the maintenance diet where you can reintroduce some foods, cheese etc. I lost a stone in 6 weeks and didn’t feel hungry and a bonus was the extra energy and vitality I experienced. I would recommend this diet to anyone struggling with weight issues, you won’t be sorry.