Actually, the most effective way of losing fat that I tried includes eating insane amount of starch one day a week during the carb-up. White bread is one of the most successful carbing-up agents, because it is pure starch, basically just like rice and you can eat it in the quantity sufficient to replenish your glucogen very fast and very effectively without causing over-fed sensation. Now, obviously, you do not eat that if you follow Paleo ways, but if the body composition is the only goal, and there is no aversion to gluten, buns are a must to lose crazy amounts of fat while retaining muscle mass. I did it with rice and potatoes, potatoes more filling. For a truly massive amounts of carbs you can consume in 1 day, I don't think anything can beat French bread.
You won't be doing air squats on that regimen either... 90-rep workouts on the machines to isolate during the depletion, then a pump, then an as heavy as you can workout. And for women - lotsa cardio. If you can survive, it will make wonders and actually, yes, will tap into the thigh fat storage.
For comparison, neither steady deficits, nor eatic ketonic, nor eating cyclic ketonic did not do a shit.