This thigh gap madness has to stop!

Some of you asked me how to get a thigh gap. I have to confess: I had not heard of the ‘thigh gap’ before. A quick search on google led me to an assortment of pictures of underweight models with stick thin legs. These models have legs which are so skinny that their thighs don’t meet, hence the ‘thigh gap’. What I could not understand is why the hell would anyone want to look like that?

The thigh gap craze

Apparently there is a bit of craze for the thigh gap. It all began by teenage girls wanting to emulate painfully skinny catwalk models. The craze has spread through tumblr, facebook and twitter. Suddenly lots of young girls decided that they had to have a thigh gap.

Now I don’t know why anyone would want to look a like a skinny catwalk model. When I look at them in in magazines, with their jutting collarbones, hollowed out faces, limbs like twigs – I think to myself, does anybody seriously think they are attractive?

The simple truth is that he majority of fashion designers are gay men, and their ideal female figure is stick thin with no breasts and hips. Basically they like women who look like teenage boys.

What puzzles me is why some girls want to look like skinny catwalk models. It does not make sense to me.

Unless they are trying to attract gay men.

Well good luck with that.

What do men want?

I am not recommending that you live your life based on what men want. However there’s no denying that it’s nice to turn a few heads now and again. The fact is that most men want women with a flat stomach and feminine curves.

Every year various men’s magazines publish a list of their top 100 sexiest women for their readers to drool over. None of the women on the list look like skinny catwalk models. They are unmistakably real women, with curves to match. Do you think men care about the thigh gap? Do you even think the thigh gap has even crossed their mind?

How to get firm, lean thighs and look good in hotpants

Now scoffing at the thigh gap devotees is fine, but I am sure you all want firm, lean thighs so that you can look good in hotpants. I certainly do! Well if you have soft flabby thighs you need to do two things. Firstly you need to build some lean muscle to give your thighs some definition. Secondly you need to burn the excess fat away.

Do not think that you can achieve this with some ‘thigh toning workout’. You cannot target fat reduction in one part of your body. You need to force your whole body to burn fat. When you do this the fat will come off your entire body: thighs, stomach, ass and the rest of it.

I advocate a three pronged approach of weight training, high intensity cardio and a wholefood diet. The weight training will build lean muscle, the high intensity cardio will burn fat, and the wholefood diet will fuel your body with healthy nutrients which will not converted into body fat.

I have to warn you – when you start working out, your thighs may seem to be getting bigger at first. This is because you are building muscle under your fat. Muscle burns fat, so as you continue working out, you will find the fat melting away until you are left with a layer of lean muscle. This will give you toned, sculpted legs to die for. As an added bonus, you will also have a nice flat stomach. Hopefully at this point you will not care whether or not you have a thigh gap.

If you want to learn more about my approach, please check out my previous posts, specifically my flat stomach workout and my flat stomach diet.

Still want a thigh gap?

Let me give you a brief lesson in human anatomy.

Different people have different sized hips. Some people have narrow hips, some people have wide hips. If you have wide hips, it is more likely that you have a gap between your thighs. If you have narrow hips, it will be near impossible for you to achieve a thigh gap. So forget this thigh gap nonsense, and just focus on being fit and healthy.

Still want a thigh gap?

Have you not read what I have just written? Maybe you should read it again. Slap yourself [gently] on the forehead if you feel it helps. If you still really really want a thigh gap, I have one final suggestion for you:

Try riding a horse 8 hours a day until you become bowlegged.

4 Responses to 'This thigh gap madness has to stop!'

  1. Hannah says:

    Oh thank God! Common sense at last! I’ve been saying this for ages now, thigh gaps aren’t for all women and they don’t always look good. I had a thigh gap once…….when I was ELEVEN years old!!!…and I had no boobs or hips and I’m pretty sure my head was disproportionately larger than my body, so yeah..thank you for shedding some realistic light on this ridiculous trend.

    • Kelly says:

      Hey Hannah!

      You’re so right! Who wants to look like an eleven year old!

      Best wishes!


  2. Julia says:

    The part about how most designers are gay men and want models who look like teenage boys REALLY opened my eyes. I’ve decided to get on a healthy diet. Any tips on what to eat for each meal?
    Thanks so much!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Julia!

      Yes, that’s the fashion industry’s darkest secret!

      Well done on deciding to get on a healthy diet.

      Try my weight loss meal plan for some ideas on what to eat.

      Good luck!


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