How do you tell the difference between thigh fat and thigh muscle?

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    Sep 21, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    Just wondering because my thighs do not necessarily match the rest of my body proportionately, and I can't tell if its muscle or fat because I used to do cycling all the time. Its been a while now, and I want to know what I will need to do to make them look leaner and toner.
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    Sep 21, 2009 10:33 AM GMT
    If it's hard it's muscle

    If it's soft and giggly and you can pinch it, it's fat
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    Sep 21, 2009 12:40 PM GMT
    keep your big thighs...you will live longer and have less heart disease according to a study from Copenhagen just published in the British Medical Journal.icon_smile.gif

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/HeartDisease/thigh-size-predicts-heart-health/story?id=8492490
  • jrs1

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    Sep 21, 2009 1:10 PM GMT

    I'd go with what MsclDrew said as a general rule o' thumb. Moreover, toned muscle usually is wrapped a bit tighter by the skin while body fat is more loose and less striated.
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    Sep 21, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    One has hail damage!!!..... the other doesn't! icon_lol.gif


    Go figure!
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 21, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    If your leg is extended and your muscles flexed, and you poke at it and it moves, it's fat.
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    Sep 21, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    Look for the presence of tissue that resembles cottage cheese.

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    Sep 21, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidLook for the presence of tissue that resembles cottage cheese.

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    I'm actually impressed that she managed to get just her ass and thighs that big.

    Of course, now I'm really reconsidering these pop-tarts I'm eating.
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Hmmmmmmmmm, thighs.
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    Unless you're considering a career as a frog, your thigh muscles likely wont be very important in the direction of your life.

    If it looks good, great!

    Chunky?
    1. Cut hole
    2. Insert turkey baster
    3. ????
    4. Success!
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    I doubt you have much leg fat. But squeezing the tissue between your fingers will tell you. Fat feels soft and jiggly, muscle feels stiffer and more fibrous.

    The fat is mostly just under your skin (felt by poking with a finger), and muscle is under that (felt by pulling your loose skin tight with one hand and poking deeply with a finger).

    Plus, fat cannot contract on command; extending your knee while holding your leg out in front of you will reveal bunched tissue near your knee that feels hard to the touch. Bending your knee, pulling your heel forcefully up toward your ass will make the back of your leg (hamstring) bunch up and harden.
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    Mickey did a good job of explaining it.

    It's cool that folks with bigger thighs have less cardiac risk. I have 26 to 28 inch legs.

    I doubt that a skinny kid has much fat on his legs. If you aren't doing leg work (weightlifting), you should be. 2/3 of your lean muscle mass is in your legs.

    Lean muscle mass is the ONLY thing that will increase your base metabolism AS YOU GROW OLDER.

    More muscle means more calories burned at rest, which makes it much easier to stay leaner, as well as enables you to not be a weakling.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 22, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    You can't flex fat and muscle usually doesn't jiggle.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Sep 22, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's all about the jiggliness.
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    Sep 22, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    If it jiggles like jell-o, it's thigh fat. If it's hard as a rock, it's thigh muscle.
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    Sep 22, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
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    Sep 22, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks said
    ObsceneWish saidLook for the presence of tissue that resembles cottage cheese.

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    I'm actually impressed that she managed to get just her ass and thighs that big.

    Of course, now I'm really reconsidering these pop-tarts I'm eating.


    OMFG! I was soo hungry right now and then that... I never wanted to know what my neighbors looked like in boyshorts (throws up a little) icon_cry.gif MY EYES!