We live in a world where some genius coined the term “thigh gap.” Because, apparently, we didn’t have enough ways to feel bad about our bodies.
In case you’ve been out of the loop, thigh gap refers to space between your upper legs that can be seen when you stand with your feet together. Yes, some people have this.
- Unhealthily skinny
- Standing on stilts
In my experience, few normal, healthy adults have thigh gap without starving themselves into such a state.
Side fun fact: Know who never even thinks about thigh gap? Mermaids. In fact, they don’t ever worry about their thighs, just whether or not their clamshell bra will fall off if they swim too fast.
Okay, I’ll just say it: Thighs are super tough to reduce.
I’ve just sat here for 10 minutes trying to come up with a snappy follow-up line but nothing comes to me. It’s a serious topic deserving of a logical approach, so I should probably find something funnier to discuss.
I’ve spent way too many years being super critical of my body and nearly starving myself to death over it, so I will not ever say anything negative about my body ever again – and I suggest you adopt the same mantra. We are all gorgeous!
But having said that: Thighs are as stubborn as Donald Trump is full of hot air. That’s a lot.
Here’s the thing. Whenever you hear the word “thinner” as in “Thinner Thighs in 7 Days!” or whatever the latest headline on the National Enquirer says this week, you can bet your Spanx there’s weight loss involved.
The only way to lose weight (barring the gut microbe debate, which is far too complex and gross to discuss here): by creating a calorie deficit, which involves taking in 3,500 fewer calories, exercising more, or a combination of the two to lose a single pound of fat.
Taking your spoon out of the Chunky Monkey before it scrapes the bottom of the container
Eating Greek yogurt without stirring in chocolate chips
Going to the gym and using more than the showers
Yes, there’s work involved on top of it all.
What? No chocolate chips in my yogurt and I have to work at it?? Now is where you stomp your feet and yell, “IT’S SO NOT FAIR!!” as you reach for a glass of wine to quell your anxiety.
Therein lies the problem. Emotional eating and drinking is the fast track to packing on pounds.
To top it all off, a new study shows people on calorie-restricted diets are more depressed than people who eat with reckless abandon. (And no, to coin a Dave Barry phrase, I am not making this up.)
To which I say: duh. Who sponsored this study? The National Society For the Blatantly Obvious?
Somebody actually applied for a grant to see if people get cranky when you take away dessert?
Hang on, I’m looking up the schedule for the next Mars exploration so I can make a reservation for the next launch.
Okay, I’m over it.
My point is this: News flash! In general, most women are not in love with their thighs.
But the only way to get them in fighting shape is to do two things: lose weight all over and firm up the muscle with strength training exercises.
Simple, right? Okay, so here’s the plan…
Get your diet under control. For tips on how to do this check out these posts:
Do 30+ minutes of cardio of some type five or more days a week, including a day or two of intervals.
Strength train, with a focus on lower body. This includes squats, step-ups, lunges and a couple of specific exercises geared toward firming up the outer and inner thighs.
Try these exercises as part of your mix, two to three times a week…
What are your favorite thigh/leg-toning exercises? Have you found one that works really well for you? Let me know in the comments below↓↓↓
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Until next time…
Your Ageless Body Coach,