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February 18, 2019

Thigh Gap: A Woman’s Fourth Dimension

Add another dimension for women to know – the width of their thigh gap. We can now add the thigh gap measurement to bust size, waist size, and hip size. Yes, the thigh gap has become the fourth dimension.

The thigh gap has become a symbol of being skinny and fit. Yet, outside avoiding chafing of the thighs, a wide thigh gap has no particular health benefit. It is purely a cosmetic preference.

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What is the Thigh Gap?

The thigh gap is the distance between the inner upper thighs or the clear space below your crotch. It is measured when standing upright with feet touching together. A wider gap is felt to be more attractive especially with the trend of wearing skinny jeans and other tight clothing.

More and more women are paying attention to their thigh gap and trying to find ways to increase it. Some are even going to extreme dietary methods and even having surgery and cryolipolysis (Cool Sculpting) to improve their thigh gap.

The thigh gap is largely determined by one’s build especially the width of the pelvis and the angle by which the thigh bones or femurs come off the pelvis. These are things you cannot change.

The thigh gap is also determined by the amount fat in the upper inner (medial) thighs. The amount of fat in the thighs is determined by genetics but can be influenced by diet and exercise. And, it is in the areas of diet and exercise that more and more women are focusing on to improve their thigh gap in order to achieve that elusive supermodel figure.

If you have a narrow pelvis you probably are not going to have much of a thigh gap. Or, if you have a lot of fat in your thighs you will a narrow thigh gap even if you have a wide pelvis.

How to Get a Thigh Gap

Some women are resorting to surgery like liposuction to increase their clear space between the upper thighs. Others are engaging in extreme dieting even leading to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

The most effective way to improve the clear space between your thighs is to lose weight. This is best achieved through sensible calorie restriction and aerobic exercise to burn additional calories facilitating weight loss.

There are exercises that might help improve your thigh gap. Such exercises work more by toning the muscles of the inner thigh rather than spot losing of fat in the thighs through exercise. Spot losing fat is difficult. It is similar to belly fat. Sit ups and other abdominal exercises tone the abdominal muscle. They don’t lead to actual fat loss, however.

This is a long way of saying that if you want to lose fat in your thighs you will have to lose fat throughout your body.

Thigh Gap Exercises

There are several videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to tone the inner thighs. Here is one thigh gap workout.

There is no shortage of inner thigh exercises you can do. The more popular inner thigh exercises include:

  • wide leg squats (Sumo squats).
  • lateral lunges.
  • side-lying inner thigh lifts.
  • bridge raises.
  • standing side leg raises

Pick a 3-5 exercises to do and them regularly 3-4 days week periodically changing the exercises you do.

If achieving more clear space between your thighs is important to you be smart. First, recognize there is no significant health benefit to having a wide thigh gap beyond the benefit that comes from losing body fat in general, so be careful about going to extremes to achieve one Secondly, focus on slow and sensible weight loss coupled with aerobic exercises to burn calories and thigh exercises to tone the inner thigh muscles.

Do that and you may have achieve the elusive thigh gap, the fourth dimension, that makes supermodels – supermodels.

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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