Everyone’s body has a different way of distributing excess fat. For some people, extra weight goes right to their fingers.
It’s difficult to target weight loss in a specific area of your body. So, if you’re trying to slim down your fingers and hands, you need to lose weight overall.
With a combination of diet and exercise, you can tone your fingers while dropping pounds elsewhere, if that’s your goal.
Let’s cover exercises and strategies for losing weight the healthy way and getting slimmer fingers in the process.
If you want to make your fingers thinner, your efforts should focus on exercise as well as creating a caloric deficit in your diet.
Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding foods high in sodium and drinking plenty of water, can also help your fingers look thinner.
You can use exercises that target the muscles in your hands to tone the area as you drop weight overall.
There are a lot of competing myths and narratives about how to lose weight. The fact is, if you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll create a caloric deficit — and you’ll lose weight.
You can do this by exercising more and eating fewer calories.
Each pound of fat on your body is equal to about 3,400 to 3,750 calories consumed. (However, it’s important to note that the calculations for these amounts are based on older research.)
In general, that means you need to burn around 3,500 calories to lose a pound. If you decrease your average calorie intake by 500 to 800 calories per day, you’ll lose somewhere between 1 and 2 pounds every week.
Of course, make sure that decreasing your average calorie intake by this amount still keeps you within a healthy calorie range, which will be different for everyone.
Any workout you do that burns calories will add to your caloric deficit. Workouts that burn a lot of calories include:
- jumping rope
As a general rule, you can eat fewer calories by:
- consuming fewer high-calorie foods
- increasing your intake of fiber and protein
- eating smaller portions
Focus on the following nutrient-dense foods so that you’ll get all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy while meeting your goals:
- green, leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, and kale
- beta-carotene-rich produce, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers
- fiber-dense fruits, such as pears, apples, and strawberries
- whole grains, such as wild rice, multigrain bread, and quinoa
- lean meats, such as chicken breast and ground turkey
- protein-dense legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, and peanuts
- healthy fats, such as avocado, salmon, tuna, almonds, and walnuts
Try to avoid consuming:
- white sugar
- white flour
- other refined grain products
You may also want to avoid drinking alcohol, which dehydrates your body and can be packed with calories.
When you eat excess sodium, your fingers may swell up.
Follow to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline of fewer than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Drinking lots of water is also a method you can use to promote weight loss and your overall health.
While you’re pursing your weight loss goals through diet and exercise, you can also target your fingers to make them stronger and more toned.
The classic grip exercise can be used to improve wrist, upper arm, and grip strength.
A grip exercise tool typically comes with two foam handles that can be grasped by both sides of your hand. As your fingers work to close the grip, a metal coil in the middle provides resistance.
For best results, do grip exercises several times per week.
You can purchase specially sized resistance bands that are meant to work out your fingers.
These products strap to your wrist and have a hole in each band where you can insert each of your five fingers. By pulling the resistance bands up and outward, you’re improving the strength of your individual fingers as well as toning them overall.
Practicing an instrument
One way to get longer-looking fingers is to practice an instrument, like the piano or guitar.
It’s a great workout for your hands and fingers, in addition to being a mentally stimulating exercise. It can also be a form of music therapy.
You can also make lifestyle changes that will make your hands appear slimmer. These include:
- Drink less alcohol. Alcohol can cause swelling and water retention, also known as alcohol bloating.
- Go for a walk in the park. Not only does getting out in nature help you burn calories and lose weight, but it can also help decrease swelling and inflammation linked to stress.
- Take vitamin D. A 2018 clinical study suggested that these supplements could help with weight loss. Whether through an oral supplement or limited sun exposure, increasing vitamin D may help boost your mood as well as your weight loss.
- Do yoga. Poor circulation can make swelling worse, causing your fingers to look larger than they are. You can try yoga to improve circulation.
When you eat more calories than you burn during the day, the calories are saved by your body in the form of excess fat.
Everyone’s body has a natural way that it tends to distribute weight. And for some of us, that place can be our hands and fingers.
Even if you’re at a healthy body weight, you may still find that your fingers appear thick or carry fat. This doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you or your body.
Having fingers that sometimes swell due to warm weather, humidity, or eating a lot of salt is also not unusual.
There’s no way you can spot-treat fat on your fingers.
You can pursue weight loss goals in a healthy way in order to drop excess pounds and have more energy. And, as a result, your fingers may look slimmer.
Some people will always carry some weight around their fingers even if they’re at a healthy weight — and that’s OK.
Talk with a doctor if you’re concerned about persistent swelling in your hands.