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How do I get rid of my thick calves?


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I have very thick calves... any advice to lean them down?
Edited Aug 24 2007 03:29 by pandajenn19
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you mean thick? Even when  I am at a normal weight, (5 foot 2 and 125-130lbs) I have thick calves that can not fit into even stretchy material knee high boots. And the more I walk and jog, the more strong my muscle gets and so it doesn't shrink in size (because it's not like I carry a lot of fat around my calves, I just seem to have more muscle there) If you do hasove more fat there, then maybe you'll have better luck if you just try to lose weight, if you do have a lot of muscle there for some reason, you might not be able to do a whole lot especially if you walk or dome kind of cardio somewhat regularly. In my case, I just have to accept that I won't probably ever have lean calves, but instead have somewhat thick legs (but athletic and quite strong looking if i work out) I should just be happy they're strong! I've actually come to like them over time. 
Andrea - I'm in the same boat as you.  I can fit into some stretchy boots, but anything with a zip is hopeless.  And I'm the same size you are - not tiny but not overweight by any measurement.

I have no advice for losing calf muscle - I guess the only thing I can think of is eating too little and never excercising, since those make you lose muscle everywhere.  And, um?  I mean that facetiously - it's a terrible idea.

I did find that as soon as I started running and working towards higher speeds and longer distances, my calves didn't just get even bigger and even firmer, but I learned to love them.  Not only are they strong and tough and badass, but they let me run fast and they boost my metabolism.  All the REALLY good things muscle mass does.  Something about feeling like they had a function and making them even bigger and stronger made me feel like they weren't a flaw, but a strength.

(now if only I could feel that way about my stomach...)
Hmm for some reason I made some weird typos, I meant HAVE instead of hasove lol and DO SOME instead of dome ^_^
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Yes! I meant thick.  Oops!  So funny because I am 5 foot 2 and my normal weight is 127 lbs!!  I think I am in the same boat as you.  Very muscular in the calves!  I guess I will have to learn to love them.  Thanks for the support!
Hahaha, I'm also 5'2" and 127!  But I figure that if things like my massive calves and ability to move my friend's tv up to her 2nd floor apartment are the things making me 127 and not 110, then it's a GOOD thing.

Well, on good days I figure that.  Seriously, my advice is to not worry about slimming them down.  I'm guessing there's a way to do it, physically, but I'm also guessing that way involves sitting around, letting the muscle deteriorate, and eating so little it's not replaced with fat.

I'd rather be buff and live my daily struggle of realizing my weight will be where it is and I may not fit into most of what I call f*** me boots (but I do have one stretchy pair I like).

I have the same problem too.  I'm 5'4'' and I weigh 112 and my calves are almost as big as my thighs.  It's really annoying because I am a 00 jean size, but I can't wear skinny jeans because my calves don't fit.  It's pretty much all muscle since I dance and run, and by now I've gotten used to it because it makes me look athletic. 

Ironically, the best way to get rid of it is to actually exercise less to turn the muscle into fat, and then starve yourself to get rid of the fat.  Even so, its probably mostly genetics and would come back in a week.  Oh well.

Original Post by mickeyhorseluver:

Ironically, the best way to get rid of it is to actually exercise less to turn the muscle into fat, and then starve yourself to get rid of the fat.  Even so, its probably mostly genetics and would come back in a week.  Oh well.

Ignoring for a second that this thread is 4 years old, this is the worst advice ever.

Muscle doesn't turn into fat, and starving yourself is a horrid idea

Wow, ignore that most recent advice! Starvation is not the answer.

I've got big calves too and I like them. You can lean them down to an extent, but in the end that's what your mama (or dad) gave you. Embrace it!

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Ignoring for a second that this thread is 4 years old, this is the worst advice ever.

Muscle doesn't turn into fat, and starving yourself is a horrid idea

It has got to be a joke. mickeyhorseluver had to work hard to put that much misinformation into two sentences, that doesn't happen by accident.

 

Let me start by saying that your muscular calves sound fabulous. Think of all the great things they allow you to do. LaughingAnd your muscle is acutally buring extra calories for you every day! I am sure that you have an enviable athletic figure that is strong and healthy. Sealed...With that being said, people cannot choose where they lose fat from, so you can actually be very lean and have low body fat and your calves may be where you carry your small amount of fat. While it is true that muscle weighs more than fat, you can have muscular calves and still have a high level of fat around the muscle so that it is not defined and you cannot see the definition. You can have your body fat tested. I have pretty low pinches on the fat calipers but my largest pinch is in my calf and while I have lots of muscle (biking and running), I tend to store my fat in my calves. Keep in mind that I  have 15% body fat which is low, but that does not mean I do not have essential fat, and mine happens to like my calves. Frown

Some people have been posting on here that you should stop worknig out and "turn muscle into fat and then starve yourself to get rid of the fat". I am going to give that person the benefit of the doubt and assume she was making a joke. You cannot turn muscle into fat nor can you turn fat into muscle. The two are different! Nor can you starve yourself to get rid of fat. Your body will slow yuour metabolism down if it thinks it is in starvation mode. Our bodies are amazing machines that are extremely efficient. Think of it in the terms of your body being so intutive it knows when it is running out of fuel, so it prepares for the lack of it by storing what it alerady has, and fule that is stored and not used, turns to fat-so in essence, starving yourself in the beginning is like fat storage. It will turn muslce into energy to use and while your body will also turn to fat as a source of fuel, it will first hold onto the fat because it senses that something is wrong in your body since you are not giving it an energy source any longer (food) and thus you will retain more fat. I do not understand why people do not get this and continually sabotage their metabolism. Yes, eventually, if you starve yourself long enough, your body will burn through fat and then it will start to eat any muscle left... like your heart. Surprised I guess if you want to die, then sure-starvation is the right way to die :)

I would say your body is heatlhy and normal and you should cherish your athleticism.

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