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how to get skinny legs

I know that a lot of women have problems with their legs and thighs, myself included! Unfortunately, it is one of the last places that we tend to lose weight.

This series of blog posts will hopefully help you understand how to get lean and toned legs, get rid of stubborn fat on your thighs and avoid getting bulky and thicker.

Knowing your body type will be important when reading through my how to get skinny legs blog posts.

Obviously, someone who has a larger frame with naturally muscular legs is going to need a different workout and nutrition program to someone who is naturally thin.

That is why it is important to know which body type you are so you will know which advice is most relevant to you.


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Keira Knightley – ECTOMORPH

Ectomorphs are those lucky people who are naturally thin, have a low body fat without needing to exercise or diet and find it difficult to gain weight and muscle.

Think of those people who have natural “model type” bodies. Typically they have fast metabolisms, but they lack shape and can sometimes be skinny fat.

Skinny fat is a term used to describe people who appear skinny when wearing clothes, but actually have a higher body fat percentage for their bodies.

Famous ectomorphs include: Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Paris Hilton

Read my blog post on ectomorph workout and nutrition here.

Find out more about the ectomorph skinny legs workout and nutrition ebook here.


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Halle Berry – MESOMORPH

Mesomorphs are somewhat in the middle.

They can have an athletic body, respond quickly to exercise and can have great muscle definition. They find it easy to lose and gain weight and their weight can fluctuate.

If you’re a mesomorph and have ever dreamed of being a fitness model, then lucky you, you’ve got the genetics!

Famous mesomorphs include: Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis

Read my blog post on mesomorph workout and nutrition here.

Find out more about the mesomorph skinny legs workout and nutrition ebook here.


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Sofia Vergara – ENDOMORPH

Endomorphs have a larger, solid frame and are generally curvy with a high level of body fat.

These body types gain muscle and fat very easily and find it difficult to lose weight, especially through diet alone.

They have strong muscles (especially their legs). And losing body fat for the endomorph will take longer compared to the other body types.

Famous endomorphs include: Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez

Read my blog post on endomorph workout and nutrition here.

Find out more about the endomorph workout and nutrition ebook here.

Related post: Recommended Macronutrients For Each Body Type

You can, in fact, be a combination of two body types. 

If you are an ectomorph/mesomorph, it is best for you to follow the mesomorph guidelines. If you are a mesomorph/endomorph, it is best for you to follow the endomorph guidelines.

No matter what your body type, you CAN lose body fat, gain muscle and make an improvement to your legs. But you CAN’T change your body type.

If for example, you are an endomorph, you will never have the same thin body of an ectomorph and this should not be your goal.

Your goal should be something that is attainable for your body type and that will make you look and feel your absolute best!

I should also mention my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program which is designed to help you get lean legs without the bulkiness :)

There are 3 different versions fo my program, one for each body type. Each version combines the right type of cardio and resistance training for one particular body type so you can be sure you’re going to get the best possible results. 

And of course, since you cannot train and be on a crappy diet, I included a complete 8-week meal plan in my program.

You can find more information here :)

Read my next blog post on why you should be doing cardio for fat loss and lean legs here.

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

188 comments on “How To Get Skinny Legs: Knowing Your Body Type – Ectomorph, Mesomorph, Endomorph.”

    Rachel Horner says:

    Hi – I am an Endomorph, as my top half is quite thin and the extra weight I carry is in my thighs (I’m like a body of two halves!!). The exercise I do (4-6 sessions a week) includes ballet, yoga, Lotte Berk (a bit like pilates/ballet) and also Jump (cardio rebounder on a small trampoline). I have just stumbled across your site and am considering starting your leaner legs programme, but I was wondering whether you thought Jump was the kind of exercise that was good for leaner thighs or muscle building (which I try to avoid). Thanks.

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      Those are great cardio workouts and will most likely help you lose weight, but they won’t slim down your legs. Jumping does burn a lot of calories which is great, but the jumping motion uses your calves heavily and will most likely contribute to bigger calves (especially if you gain muscle easily).

      We have designed the Lean Legs Program to include the perfect type of resistance training and cardio to give you a lean and toned look, without making you bulky.

      It’s an 8 week workout and nutrition plan that will help you slim down your legs, but will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body).

      It also includes a full meal plan, a separate recipe ebook and demonstration videos.

      If this is what you’re looking for I would definitely recommend giving our program a go. :) You can find out more about it here:

      Lean Legs Program


    im sarah says:

    im 5’3 and i am 130 pounds i gain muscle very easily and i can lose weight but once i lose what i gained i cant lose no more weight i have large muscular thighs and big hips and my arms are a bit big and muscular but i have a small wait and no butt. (i think i am a pear shaped) please help me xx

      Diana - Lean Legs Support says:

      Hi lovely,
      If you’d like to find out your body type, you could take the free body type quiz here!

      Rachael would love to help you as much as she can :) that’s why she has created her Lean Legs program and Lean Legs Training Club.
      The program in the eBook is an 8 week workout and nutrition plan designed to help you get lean and toned without bulking. It will help you slim down your legs, but will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body). It also includes a full meal plan, a separate recipe eBook and demonstration videos.

      You can check out the Lean Legs program here

      For more helpful tips please have a read of these blog posts:



      Love, Lean Legs Club support

    Rita says:

    Hey, I am both a mesomorph and endomorph, yet my legs are very muscular. Is there any way I can reduce it in size without making them weaker? I’m 5’2 and 103 pounds, I don’t have much visible cellulite unless I pinch the skin, but is there still a way to lose some more fat and a bit of muscle? Thanks.

    Magda says:


    I think I might be a mesomorph because when i do cardio it’s easy for me to lose the fat, but it’s also easy for me to gain it again. Also I have pretty muscly thighs and they for some reason started to stick out and i think they are a bit larger than my hips and i honestly hate that. I have a friend whose outer thighs go inside while she’s standing straight while my go outside and i am not sure what i am supposed to do… I want to try different exercises for outer thighs but i’m scared that it will make my thighs look bigger. I honestly feel like an elephant sometimes when i walk..

    i am 20 years old, i am 166 cm tall

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi lovely,

      I know that reaching your fitness goals is hard! And that you probably have lots of questions about how to get that lean and toned body.

      I would love to help :) So that’s why I have created 3 Steps to Lean Legs program which you can find here.

      Love Rachael xx

    Maria says:

    Hey I was just wondering if you have any tips on how to thin legs?
    I am about 1.56cm tall, 51kg and hourglass type figure. My legs gain muscle veryyy easily but they aren’t fat.im not sure what body type I am, but pretty sure I’m not endomorph. Btw my background is Latina if that helps? xx

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi lovely, you might be mesomorph or combined endo / meso. Please have a read of this blog post and this one for some tips! xx

    Tayler says:

    Hi Rachael,

    I am 5’4 and weigh 110-115 lbs. I have a long, thin torso and short legs. I don’t really have trouble maintaining my weight and I can usually loose weight by diet control. Most of my weight is in my thighs however I do not think I have big legs. I wear a size 2. My legs aren’t exactly muscular but they aren’t skinny either. They are short. I’m guessing I’m a mesomorph?? Is this correct?? I have also always avoided squats to avoid bulking up in my legs and butt. Is this necessary? Any advice would be helpful. If it helps I can send a picture via Email. I want to work out I’m just terrified of bulking up. Thanks!

      Tayler says:

      Also if it helps to get a better picture, I have an hourglass figure

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi lovely, yes I would say you are a mesomorph. And if your legs are on the shorter side, it would be best to continue avoiding heavy leg exercises like squats. I would try out the workouts that I post and some cardio (otherwise I have my eBook for a full plan). Good luck! xx

    Marilyn says:

    Hi Rachel, I’m 29 with a super thin upper body up to the waist and my torso is quite long that made me look like a piece of stick. I have a short and bulky legs that makes my lower body non proportion to my upper. Im weighing 50.5 and height of 167 cm. Im obviously underweight so i increased my calorie intake to gain but it seems like it’s only my legs that gain and become more bulky looking. How would i addressed to gain weight and make my body looked proportion. Your advise would be of great help.

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi lovely, I would do cardio for your lower body and to lean out it. I would also do resistance training for your upper body and core to make it look more toned and not thin, and help with proportioning out your body. Good luck! xx

    Laura ali says:

    I’m probably an endodorph . I’m 162 and I weigh 185 pounds and I go to the gym and do cardio and eating somewhat low carb put I don’t lose weight and I have a lot of weight in my thighs and buttocks I’m basically heavy even though I don’t look overweight. I also have a lot of muscle. Please help I would like to be lighter and have thinner thighs . Thanks

      Rachael Attard says:

      Hi lovely, I’m sorry for my late reply. It does take a while so I would give it at least a good 3 months of diet and exercise! I would also try to include some light resistance training as this will help you burn more calories and drop body fat. Although you don’t want to do heavy lifting if you already have a lot of muscle. So I would have a look at the free workouts on my blog for ideas. Also, it’s great that you’re eating low carb as this will help! But make sure you’re reducing your calories too so you’re eating a little bit less than you need each day. This will help with losing weight. And lastly, if you are still having a lot of trouble losing weight through diet and exercise, there could be other issues such as hormones, insulin resistance, gut issues, etc. So I would recommend seeing a naturopath :) Good luck! xx

    Aidriana says:

    I am a really self obnoxious person and I feel like my legs are too big and my arms are too. Any tips? I have a gym near me.

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