Genetics determine the structure of your hands and fingers, so it’s important to embrace the shape of your fingers. Losing fat specifically at your fingers isn’t possible since there's no such thing as spot reduction; no amount of finger exercise alone will help trim down your digits. However, as long as the extra thickness at your fingers is caused by excess fat, you can likely see a bit of slimming at your fingers if you lower your overall body fat percentage. Lower your body fat percentage by creating a caloric deficit through calorie-burning exercise like strength training and cardio and limit your calorie intake by making healthy diet decisions.
Addressing Finger Swelling
In addition to or rather than fat on the fingers, pudginess at your fingers may be due to fluid retention. Excess salt intake can cause mild swelling, which has a tendency to land in your legs, ankles and feet, but can also occur in your hands. Limit your salt intake over a month period and see if you notice any changes in swelling throughout your hands. For four weeks, keep your daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams or less per day. This equates to about a teaspoon of salt. In addition, keep swelling down by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day to stay hydrated.
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