I’m going to be in a wedding in a few months and I need to do something because my calves are really big and fat. It’s very embarrassing and I’m really concerned with slimming them down along with the rest of me. Please help!
There are three major reasons behind having big fat calves and these include genetics, lack of proper nutrition and a lack of exercise. Many women strive for toned and sexy calf muscles. This is because fat calves prevent you from wearing certain types of clothes, and who doesn’t like wearing a sexy pair of shorts or a cute skirt? However, it is important to understand something called “spot reduction” which is a common myth that many people believe. An example of this is a person who is overweight and does 500 situps a day thinking they will get six pack abs. It’s just not going to happen. Fat is burned (actually shrunk) from all over the body as you lose weight. The best thing for toning up is to take a “whole body” approach. Fat comes off from all over the body and not one specific area.
The fat present in your calves will get reduced along with the fat from other parts of your body, once you start taking steps towards getting slimmer and sleeker calves. And by using the following tips, you can reduce the size of your fat calves without losing the toned appearance! Here are a few tried and tested tips for getting rid of big fat calves:
Tip #1 – Change Your Lifestyle Habits
Avoid wearing shoes that don’t support your calf muscles and avoid wearing heels at all costs! Walking on uneven ground can lay unnecessary stress on your ankle and calves, so make sure to limit this. Make sure you don’t put too much stress on your calf muscles during the day with any activity that may lead to building up your calves versus making them leaner and slimmer. This involves exercises with heavy weights and low reps which will end up packing on muscle to your already thick calves.
Tip #2 – Perform Cardio Exercises
Do 30-60 minutes of mild cardio exercise daily. Exercises that will help you burn fat and slim down include walking, swimming, cycling and aerobics which should all be done at a moderate pace. Make sure you limit rigorous and high intensity cardio exercises like sprinting and stair running since they tend to build up muscle mass around the calf area, which may backfire your plans of achieving smaller calves. Always make sure to wear quality shoes with proper foot support while exercising so that you don’t end up injuring yourself.
You can start on your journey to slimmer calves for your upcoming wedding with one great exercise. Its called walking. You will burn calories and work your calves all in one. So while you’re burning calories, you will be targeting your calves. Even better is walking uphill and even jogging if you can. Jogging is a great exercise for burning a lot of calories. I recommend walking 45-60 minutes in the morning on an empty stomach which allows you to tap directly into your fat stores. Better yet, add a little caffeine or green tea to the mix for even better results!
Tip #3 – Perform Calf Exercises
Although we covered the myth of “spot reduction”, its important to note that you can always perform a certain type of exercise to tone and tighten up the muscles of a specific body part and strengthen them for a leaner appearance. Calf raises, squats, standing calf stretch, “Kiss the Wall” calf stretch and the leg press machine are great exercises that will tone up your calves without adding bulk. Always use higher repetitions (18-20 reps per set) and light weight for any type of calf exercise you choose. Also, don’t forget to warm up before doing any kind of exercise because your body needs to prepare itself for any activity.
Tip #4 – Watch Your Diet
Your body is a reflection of what you eat, so if you continue eating fatty foods then don’t expect slender calves. Think about it for a moment. It makes no sense to exercise, sweat it out and eat anything and everything under the sun. Avoid the obvious fattening foods such as salted snacks, cakes, cookies, ice cream, sugary snacks and calorie loaded drinks. Eat healthy foods that are high in protein, rich in fiber, minimally processed and as close to their natural state as possible. Always make sure to drink plenty of water during the day in order to stay hydrated.
People often get very excited and in the excitement of starting something new they don’t pay attention to taking precautions and end up inuring themselves, which is obviously counterproductive to their plans. For the safe and gradual reduction in the size of your calves, take it slow and steady. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry! Use the above mentioned tips for getting rid of big fat calves and soon you will notice changes, be happy with the results and ready for your wedding!