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Unread 11-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Help for Skinny thighs

I need help. . . lately My stomach has been a little pudgy but its easy to do some work excersizes and lose that layer of fat. .

but my thighs are becoming a real issue and I need some help ;;

I am 5'2
115 pounds *and not proud of it*

Plus im seeing a lot of skinny girls and skinny cosplayers with slender thighs and its beginning to affect my self esteem. . . . .
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Unread 11-04-2013, 12:42 AM   #2
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Me as well.. I feel like throwing in the towel for cosplaying. I feel fat compared to other people.
I am 5'6 and 128 (gained some weight lately.. I am normally 120) and I think it all went to my thighs.. -n-
Now I can't fit into any of my shorts and now cosplay.. And I just don't feel pretty .. The fact that I can rarely get good pictures and that I have social anxiety doesn't help either.
I am actually taking a break from cosplay until December 7th to get in shape.. So I will be eye balling this thread as well.. :/
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Unread 11-04-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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Number one point to make:

you can't spot reduce. Ever.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 11:57 AM   #4
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I am in the same boat as y'all. But my plan is to go on runs/jogs everyday and to try eating less. I feel like that is what works best. Also, everyday do some leg exercises so you can try targeting your thighs. But try and keep active!

After I graduated high school I've been having a hard time finding a job and getting back into college. So I mostly just sit around at home now. And I see that it has made me gain weight because I don't move around anymore
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Unread 11-04-2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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It is really sad what society has done to women these days. TheBestDreamer and Suuki you both sound healthy. The fact is that it will be very very difficult to get your legs down to the skinny that you want. I have roughly 20% body fat and my thighs still touch and are rather big. 20% body fat for women is great.

My best suggestion is to find an exercise that you like to do rather than one that is said to give the best results. It is very unlikely that you will keep doing an exercise if you don't enjoy it. On top of that you need to look at the food you consume and make the permanent change to eat better. It isn't something you can do for a few weeks in order to drop a few pounds. It will be something you have to do the rest of your life.

Next, and this is the hardest, you really need to stop comparing yourself to other girls. Every body has a different body and it will add and lose fat in different ways. Find what makes you happy and do it. For example, I love weight lifting. And it has changed me. I look at other girls now at the gym and I can't compare myself to them anymore. I hardly ever run or do cardio anymore, but I can bench press the girls I always see on the treadmill now. I used to worry about trying to compete with those girls but now, now I look in the mirror as I put 300 lbs on the squat rack and watch the guys faces as I do it with no problems. It has changed from "why can't I be that thin" to "what do I need to do in order to lift more" I have gained weight. I used to be 135 lbs now I am closer to 140-145 but I am in the best shape I have ever been and am the thinnest I have ever been. And the most important thing, I am happy with the way I look. I feel amazing and I love my workout.

Long story short, it will be a hard journey to slim down your legs, and it will take more than just exercise. It will also take a healthy diet and dedication. You have to want to make the permanent change, not just do it to look good in a costume. Do it to be the best you that you can be. Good luck, let me know how it goes.

As for actual workouts. I suggest cardio, preferably High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). That would be like jogging for 5 minutes sprinting for 1 and repeat until you get to 30 or so. Basically you just need to do about 50-60% of your hardest in whatever machine you want for some time and about 80-90% for a shorter time. If you want to do 1 minute at 50 and 30 seconds at 80 then that is fine. Find what works best for you. I also recommend adding squats, lunges and leg press to build muscle in your legs to give them the tight "toned" look. Don't be afraid to use weights and lost of them too. Women can not get big and bulky like men can. Lifting heavy weights will only give you the "toned" look that most women are looking for. Hope that helps.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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Number one point to make:

you can't spot reduce. Ever.
Seconded.

Just start losing, and the weight will come from all areas, including the one you are worried about.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #7
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You can't spot reduce fat, but you CAN tone the muscles so that they tighten, and slim down the area that way.

You'll want to add thigh workouts to your normal routine, which should include cardio at the very least. Don't do the cardio just to lose weight- it'll keep your body healthy and your heart strong.

That being said, while I don't know your body type, it sounds like at 5'2" and 115 lbs that you are already pretty small. A lot of it could be in your head, and I definitely agree that you shouldn't be comparing yourself to other girls to decide what you should look like! But if you, yourself, are doing this for YOU, then yeah- just up the leg strength training. Yoga and pilates and other stretchy strength workouts will also lengthen and tighten the muscles, making them less bulky.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 09:09 AM   #8
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awww I thought they wanted bigger thighs.

Was gonna come in here and talk about squats, but now I don't get to!
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Unread 11-14-2013, 10:47 AM   #9
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Plus im seeing a lot of skinny girls and skinny cosplayers with slender thighs and its beginning to affect my self esteem. . . . .
There will always be someone who is prettier than you in the crowd, and someone who is less pretty than you in the crowd. There will be people who are better at things and worse at things than you. Stop trying to be the best and start focusing on being all you can be.

Stop worrying about whether you're beautiful enough. You are already beautiful. If you think you have an unhealthy amount of fat on your body, reduce it with diet and exercise. But don't decide that on what other people look like; only what you look like.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #10
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Skinny girls how... like Skeletons? Those are scary I saw one at the apartment pool last year... she ruined the scene... .

As for your skinny thighs issue, I find this image to sum up how you should feel.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #11
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Skinny girls how... like Skeletons? Those are scary I saw one at the apartment pool last year... she ruined the scene... .

As for your skinny thighs issue, I find this image to sum up how you should feel.
Fit girls dabess
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Unread 11-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #12
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Fit girls dabess
What is it they say? I am sure you can switch the words around too.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 09:57 PM   #13
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Many people have made some good statements already.

I find it interesting that women look at other women to define what is "sexy" or attractive, and most of the time, they think they need to look like someone who just escaped from a concentration camp. It is a statistical fact that men, on the other hand, prefer women who have womanly curves. The super-skinny model trend was started by homosexual fashion designers who urged and prodded their models to look like prepubescent boys. Why would a woman want to look like a little boy?

That being said, if you feel your legs are disproportionately big, consider cycling, "low and slow"
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Unread 11-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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Many people have made some good statements already.

I find it interesting that women look at other women to define what is "sexy" or attractive, and most of the time, they think they need to look like someone who just escaped from a concentration camp. It is a statistical fact that men, on the other hand, prefer women who have womanly curves. The super-skinny model trend was started by homosexual fashion designers who urged and prodded their models to look like prepubescent boys. Why would a woman want to look like a little boy?

That being said, if you feel your legs are disproportionately big, consider cycling, "low and slow"
Wow, dude. I'm about to derail this thread for a moment.

A) Don't body shame, please. Some women are naturally rail thin, and some are both short and rail thin. This does not make them unhealthy, or "like pre-pubescent boys". They are every bit as womanly, beautiful, and healthy as a curvy woman. The ones that do strive for a bones thin look have a disorder, and this should not be flippantly thrown about.

B) I doubt OP gives a damn if "men love curvy women" more, as she did not start this thread seeking male approval. She was asking for the purpose of cosplay. I really hate when that's the first thing out of someone's mouth when a girl has lost or wants to lose weight. "Well men like curves more!" Actually, you're wrong (takes all types, my friend), but more importantly: who cares? The majority of us actually do what we do for ourselves and instead seek a partner that will appreciate us for who we are and who we want to be.

C) The pressure to be thin is not because of "homosexuals in fashion trying to make women look like boys". That pressure is pretty much from all sides of society, including other women. So blaming it on "the fashion gays" is completely unfounded in reality, and insulting to an entire group of people.


I'm sure you came in here with the best intentions but you kind of put your foot in your mouth.

And now to return this thread to its regularly scheduled content.
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While we're off subject, I'm not sure why the whole "everyone is beautiful" crap is so accepted.

I mean it has good intentions, but it puts out the implication that you have to be beautiful to be a valuable person/valued as a person, which is just untrue.
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