Let's face it, who hasn't watched the Victoria's Secret fashion show and dreamed about looking like Miranda Kerr?
But now experts are beginning to worry about a huge percentage of teenage girls and dieters who are trying to replicate the super skinny 'thigh gap'.
Cara Delevingne, Alexa Chung and Candice Swanepoel are all known for their teeny-tiny bodies, but it's the gap between their upper thighs that has suddenly got everyone's attention.
Experts agree that the only way to achieve this is through vigorous exercise and a weight loss regime that drastically reduces your body fat percentage. In fact, Susan Ringwood, chief executive of eating disorder charity B-Eat, told The Daily Star, "Hardly anyone has a thigh gap without being underweight, or not yet fully adult."
We don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to go to the gym, tone up and shift the excess pounds, but modelling yourself off Victoria's Secret Angels (who were born with a very specific type of long, lean and petite figure) isn't always practical.
Now personal trainers are devising fitness training regimes to help women slim their inner thighs without resorting to dangerous starvation techniques or cosmetic surgery.
It's not possible to spot reduce fat in specific areas of the body, but it is possible to pay a bit more attention to certain 'problem' areas. Include these exercises in your regular fitness regime for a thigh fat blast...
Extend your arms straight out in front of you with your palms down and keep your feet flat on the floor a little wider than your shoulders. Think of sitting on a chair and slowly bend your legs to start the exercise, making sure to keep your back as straight as possible. You should also keep your head up and try to look straight ahead during the exercise. Keep your feet flat on the floor as you squat down. When your thighs are parallel to the floor, stand back up to finish the first repetition.
Once you've mastered this 'body weight' version try three sets of 15 weighted squats and rest for 30 seconds after each set.
The Medicine Ball Squeeze
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place a medicine ball between your knees and raise your hips towards the ceiling. Squeeze your bum and hold for five seconds at a time. Squeeze the ball as hard as possible with your knees as this will work your inner thighs.
Step out to the right with your toes forward and your feet flat on the floor. Squat down on your right hip while keeping your left leg straight, go as low as possible and hold for three seconds. Push back to the starting position and repeat.
And if all this seems like hard work, don't forget there are gorgeous women out there who don't have a massive gap between their thighs! Our fave is Jennifer Lopez...
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