How to Bulk Up Your Skinny Legs
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Van Thompson is an attorney and writer. A former martial arts instructor, he holds bachelor’s degrees in music and computer science from Westchester University, and a juris doctor from Georgia State University. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including a 2009 CALI Legal Writing Award.
Skinny legs are the product of several factors, including your natural body shape, your body fat percentage, your diet and your fitness routine. If you have naturally skinny legs, you may not be able to achieve bulky, highly muscular legs, but you can add some shape and definition with the right diet and exercise plan.
Eat a diet rich in protein, which helps your body build healthy muscle tissue. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention recommends at least 46 grams of protein each day for women and 56 grams for men. There are 8 grams of protein in a cup of milk and 21 grams in most 3-ounce pieces of meat.
Examine your daily caloric intake. Your daily calorie needs will vary with your age and activity level, though most people need around 2,000 calories per day. If you’re not getting enough calories, your legs won’t bulk up, and you may even lose weight. Your doctor can help you figure out how many calories you need, but the more active you become, the more you’ll need to eat.