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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Hip and Thigh? 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.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • eam-eam

    i’m 17 . my hips and tigh was going big , i don’t know what to do ? can you help me .

  • diksha sharma

    i am 18 yrs old.my thighs and butt are very big as compared to my upper part of body.i tried everything but it doesnt work. plz help me cause m getting married in december this year.

  • anne

    I tried this diet when I was in my late 20s and I found this diet to be the tops of all, so I would recommend this to anyone. The key rule also is EXERCISE. I am now in my 50s. Good Luck everyone

    • Vickee

      I agree, did it in my 20′s as well and lost 15kgs easily. Now in my 40′s and going back to it.

  • Cherelyn

    My husband and I go on this diet usually every couple of years after winter. It definitely works. He lost 20kg in 6 weeks. I usually lose the 5kg that I want to lose but it really does take the fat that you want to budge. The best thing is that you can eat as many veggies as you want. We tend to go for grilled chicken and salad or veggies. You do get a little bored but if you really stick with it you can make an amazing difference to your body in a very short amount of time. Also it takes a while after you come off the diet to go back to eating the amount of butter you used to as it all tastes like lard. You can eat pasta, rice and bread.

  • trendy

    I’ve been struggling with my body size,weight especially my hips,thighs and butt. Been through a lot of dieting and excercising buh nothings seems 2 work. I’d give this a try nd if Ȋ̝̊̅† works I’ll get back 2 ya.

  • Marinda Gregan

    Lifelong problem with weight yo-yo, this is the only diet that ever worked for me, as long as I stick to the rules of low fat. Quickest centimeter reduction ever. When I did it I lost +-34lbs in 2 months and kept it of for years, until I grabbed the biscuits!!!! Bottom line is, stick to what works. If you want to change your life, change the way you look at life

  • Valdan

    does work when you do the excersises

  • Kim

    You can’t think of it as a diet its a lifestyle change. You have to allow your selfs to splurge and have things you enjoy.

  • Erin

    This diet worked for me. If you gain your weight in your hips and thighs then doing this diet really does work. It is not for everyone, but I had results.

  • josephine

    I did this diet back in the 1990′s. Then I weighed 120kg – now today, 2011 I have only put on 2kg, my current weight is 65kg. I admit I purchased the Rosemary Conley Inch Loss program (21 days) so there maybe a new updated version. The book gave me menu plans and exercises; which I followed to the word. I lost fat on my thighs and hips first, then my stomach. I have never been more happier than taking control of my eating style and will never resort back to my OLD life of over indulging/ pigging out. I like me now.

  • Carolyn

    Would like to try it

  • mimi

    waah?? how is eating low fat is dangerous??? stuffing your face with biscuits and chocolate IS dangerous!!!! and cutting out carbohydrates from your diet is also dangerous, your an idiot. and losing those extra pounds make you look more beauty and healthy not the opposite! looking fat and stuffing your face with biscuits and chocolate is killing yourself!!

  • Vita

    Seriously, you people are so sad. I agree with Blake. And low-fat is dangerous to your health. Plus, you lose the weight, but also your beauty. Not worth it. If you MUST go on a diet, then cut down your carbohydrates, that works ! Or just stop stuffing your face with chocolate and biscuits. I know that’s my problem !

  • Grace Goodbody

    Over the years I have done Weight Watchers, Atkins, Light and Easy and they all work BUT nothing works as quickly as the Hip and Thigh diet. Steph’s comments are absolutely correct you eat enormous amounts of food but because the fat cotent is so low the weight drops off. You must realise to get the maximum results you also need to exercise. Believe me IT WORKS. The first time I did the 28 day plan after 2 weeks I had people asking me who did my liposuction. For those who say it doesn’t work you are simply not doing it correctly.

  • 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.

  • Anne

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • blake

    LOL this is funny.

  • dada

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

  • april cunningham

    I’ve tried it and it does work.

  • Martina

    It works, I lost 10kgs in 6 months.

  • 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!!

  • Kassy

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

  • Kathy

    I just read it and I think its stupid

  • CHRISTIE

    BEST EVER DIET IN THE OPPOSITE

  • juliana

    complicated

  • emma

    doesnt work at all

  • sonya thomas

    dont do it. doesnt work!

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