Do your genes determine your jean size?
There has recently been an explosion of thigh gap controversy that has spread from the fitness community to the public eye and even made top yahoo story this week. I didn’t really get the whole thigh gap obsession until my inbox became filled with girls wondering how to obtain that gap between their thighs. What exercises can they do? How should they be eating? Lots of cardio or less? Even how to lose muscle in their legs.
There is more to this than losing fat on your legs and toning up so your muscles are stronger. Women and girls alike are aiming for an actual space between their thighs regardless of what it takes to get that. The cold truth is this is not a trait everyone can have.
Just like you are genetically predetermined to have a certain height or skin colour, the same is with your hips and bone structure. Some women are born with a wider pelvic girdle and some were not. This means you could work as hard as you want but if yours is not wide set it just isn’t going to happen.
Other aspects are also the size of your muscles, your body’s natural size and where you have highest fat deposits, where for a lot of girls, is in your thighs.
Some people are not happy with the amount of negative heat the topic is getting and people are saying that we have the choice. We as girls can choose our fitness goals depending on what we want. Sounds empowering yes but setting goals that are physically impossible are more harm than help. This is not a fitness goal that EVERY girl can reach.
What do I think?
I think that yes every girl has the right to the body she wants. If she wants to be thin and it is a healthy and natural goal for her body frame then yes go for it. If a girl wants to be strong and toned and she can healthily achieve this then yes go for it. If you know you can have a “thigh gap” then make that your goal but this is my warning. Don’t set such a body specific goal. Set a goal to lose a set amount of inches in your thighs, work for muscle to replace fat, work to a certain number of reps or speed or time. Dig deeper than your physical appearance and reach for something that has substance and involves hard work, something that will make you proud and give you a sense of accomplishment.
At the end of the day are you going to be any prettier or smarter or happier because your thighs don’t touch? Probably not. At the end of the day are people (that matter) going to stop hanging out with you because your thighs touch? Probably not.
So let’s stop obsessing about if we agree or disagree, if we want or don’t want a thigh gap. You are still beautiful and smart and SO much more than the size of our jeans, or our thighs.
Becca L, Fitness Blogger