I hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as a “thigh gap challenge”.

There’s no such thing as “follow the workout to get your thigh gap.”

I get so angry when I see things like this, because people (in this case: women) believe that it’s real. Even educated, intelligent women who intellectually understand that there is no such thing as spot reduction fall for this.

Because: hope.

Because: desire

Because: that fat-free thing didn’t turn out to work, so maybe the gluten-free thing is The One?

The desire for it to be true overrides the scientific reality that it is not true and will never be true.

Emotion overrides intellect.

There’s no “problem” with that.

Except, like gambling, it’s a waste of money.

And even worse, it generates the mythology I see all over Facebook in accountability groups that have no fitness or nutrition professionals moderating, all over Instagram “inspo” pages.

There’s never been an easier time in history to sell to people who want to believe in Hope in a Jar. Information speeds inexpensively, and furiously.

Science will support fundamentally any reasonable diet or nutrition choice. So the rest is basically a whipsaw of diet and body trends that get passed through word of mouth.

Skip it. Stop giving thigh gap challenges your time, your attention, or your money.

Nobody cared about “thigh gap” 50 years ago and they won’t 50 years from now.

I’m that 100 year span, here’s what was true and still is true:

Eat food from the earth.

Move your body. As often as possible.

That’s it. There’s no special app or article that has the secret. The secret is eating and moving as you were meant to eat and move.

There’s no shortcut. Nobody out there has a magic approach that will change your genetics (which, by the way, is all a thigh gap is).

Stop giving these things your time or attention or money.

There is no thigh gap challenge.

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