3 ways to get a thigh gap

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM

A thigh gap has been coveted as the Holy Grail of physical attributes that many seek to attain.

With so many unhealthy diets and workouts that tout that they can give you a thigh gap overnight, we’re here to give you real answers that will work. Discover the origins and how to achieve it in a healthy and positive way. 

What is the thigh gap? 

It is the gap or space between the thighs when a person is standing with their legs together and is usually attributed to women.

How did the story come about? 

The term gained popularity thanks to social media and celebrities touting the gap as The “It” Thing. In retaliation to the thigh gap trend came the self-explanatory body positivity movement called Mermaid Thighs.  

Why doesn’t everyone have one? 

Some bodies have the gap and others don’t. Everyone’s body is unique, and it is all down to a mix of genetic predispositions including: 

  • What is your bone structure?  
  • Where does your body naturally store fat?  
  • What is your current body composition? 

Healthy reasons why you might want a thigh gap 

Let’s focus on the reasons why we see patients in our clinics wanting to reduce fat on their thighs:  

  • Hate experiencing thigh rub on a hot day/when you wear shorts or skirts 
  • Unhappy with chafing 
  • Unhappy with the discoloured skin because of the chafing 
  • Tired of feeling like your clothes don’t fit your legs properly 
  • Can’t shift those annoying pockets of fat, no matter how much you workout 

We understand how all the above can affect our confidence levels and have a huge impact on our day to day lives. That’s where CoolSculpting comes in…. 

How to get a thigh gap the healthy way? 

1. CoolSculpting 

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, fat freezing treatment used to reduce those pinchable stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. This FDA-approved treatment can be used on a range of body areas including the outer thigh and inner thigh. Through precisely controlled cooling, an area’s fat cells beneath the skin are targeted. These cells freeze, shrink and die over the next few weeks, and your body naturally disposes of them. 

What are the benefits? 

  • Sculpt and recontour your body with no surgery or needles  
  • Both women and men can get treated 
  • Little to no downtime 
  • So safe, with over 7 million treatments given worldwide 
  • Reduces fat cells by 20-25% 
  • No dramatic change, it will be natural 

When will you see results?  

The full results won’t happen overnight. Your body will need time to naturally process and expel the fat cells. You may see results as early as four to six weeks, with further results taking up to 14 to 16 weeks. Over a period of 3-6 months post-treatment, your body will continue to flush out the dead fat cells. 

See the results for yourself with our before and after pictures 

2. Exercise – Thigh Gap Workout

First and foremost, there is no one exercise you can do that will give you a thigh gap. When we workout, weight loss isn’t targeted to one area – you lose weight from your entire body. 

What we can work on is, toning and strengthening the muscles on the inside of our legs. These are called your hip abductors. Working on these muscles will result in more toned and tighter inner thigh muscles, which can give a prominent gap. 

SUMO SQUATS 

thigh gap exercises sumo squats 
  • Stand with your feet placed hip-width apart.  
  • Turn your feet so they point out slightly. 
  • Connect your hands in front of your chest. 
  • Push your hips back slightly and lower yourself slowly into the sumo squat position 
  • Keep your back straight and make sure your upper body doesn’t drop 

BRIDGE WITH BALL SQUEEZE  

thigh gap exercises bridge with ball squeeze 
  • Lay flat on your mat with your feet on the floor and your knees bent. 
  • Place the small ball between your knees 
  • Slowly push your feet into the floor, listing your pelvis into a bridge position 

SIDE LUNGE 

thigh gap exercises side lunge
  • Stand tall with your feet hip-width distance apart. 
  • Taking your right leg, step out to the right and bend your right knee. 
  • Keep both your feet flat while you do the lunge. 
  • Return to your original standing position by pushing off with your right leg. 
  • Repeat this with the left leg. 

PILATES SIDE LEG RAISES 

thigh gap exercises pilates side leg rises 
  • Lie on your left side on a mat, making sure your legs are straight and aligned. 
  • Bend your elbow or place your arm straight on the floor under your head to support your head. Your other hand can be used as extra support if needed or rested on your hip. 
  • Slowly raise your right leg and stop when you feel your muscles flexing in your lower back. 
  • Lower the leg slowly back to your starting position. Repeat and switch to the other leg once done with the right side. 

 

 3. EMSculpt Neo 

EMSculpt Neo combines electromagnetic energy with radiofrequency (RF) stimulation to destroy fat cells and build muscle to give you a revolutionary result. 

What are the benefits? 

  • Great gains with less effort, no surgery, gym sessions or downtime 
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive 
  • 25% average increase in muscle mass 
  • 30% average fat reduction 
  • Sculpts and tones the arms, legs, buttocks, and abdomen 

When will you see results?  

Although you can’t get a thigh gap overnight, you will see your intense muscle-building and fat-reduction results in as little as 1 month! For long lasting results, make sure you exercise and eat a balanced diet. 

See the results for yourself with our thigh gap before and after pictures 

emsculpt neo thigh gap before and after front emsculpt neo thigh gap before and after back

You can go the route of surgical liposuction, but the invasiveness of that treatment is enough to put people off. That’s why you can try more non-invasive treatments at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic like CoolSculpting and EMSculpt Neo with near to zero downtime. The Cosmetic Skin Clinic is the No. 1 clinic for CoolSculpting so you know you can trust us. 

If you’re ready to start the conversation about your CoolSculpting and EMSculpt Neo treatment, book your consultation by filling out our quick enquiry form, or call our London clinic or our Buckinghamshire clinic on 0330 134 7268. 

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