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CHOCOLATELEA SparkPoints: (4,692)
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6/25/13 9:20 P

If you're gaining muscle, it's a good thing. You will gain more muscle in that area with certain exercises, so you could switch to something more neutral if you wanted, but if you love what you do and you're losing weight, then I would say keep doing it!

You might also have some water retention (do your calves seem swollen rather than muscular?). I don't know the best ways to deal with that, but I think putting your feet up is supposed to help.

6/2/13 1:40 A

For sure, take your friends advice with a grain of salt. Consider the strength of the relationship. we all have our own battles with self esteem and how we see ourselves. We need to be surrounded by positive folks. Those who are less than positive, while we may not be able to remove ourselves from their presence, we can definitely change the way we take in their input. Stay positive - Reinforce your good qualities.

ELMA1913 Posts: 5,051
6/1/13 9:07 A

I also have big calves - but have been told that is good. I don't think mine will ever shrink.... sorry.

TAMMY1122 SparkPoints: (7,519)
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5/31/13 9:25 P

ugh i have the same problem!!! it stinks that you cant spot reduce, but if you guys ever find a way to do please share lol

WHYNOTJ1 SparkPoints: (118,670)
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3/22/13 8:59 A

I've always had over-developed calf muscles. I know mine will slim down some as I lose weight (that happened in the past), but for the most part I think I'm stuck with them--in my case I think they are hereditary. My best advice is to look for styles that are flattering (not capris that fall mid-calf for example, look for wide-calf boots) and learn to love 'em.

BIERMA Posts: 836
3/19/13 9:15 P

So I'm not the only one with leg problems, huh? Thanks for the tips.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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3/17/13 2:50 A

FAWNZIB, using weights and swimming will not slim down your calves. As I explained previously, we can't spot-reduce.

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
3/17/13 12:16 A

Think of them as shapely! I have the same problem - my calves never really were fat (have slimmish lower legs) and they very quickly became muscular. As I lost weight and exercised more suddenly found the zip on my boots was getting harder to do up (and there are some boots that just won't fit over my calves. I have stopped doing exercises specifically for calves (like raises etc) and have learnt to enjoy the fact that my ankles looks slimmer as my calves have shaped out....

FAWNZIB SparkPoints: (10,643)
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3/16/13 10:06 P

use some weights and hit the pool

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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3/2/13 4:39 P

There is no way to spot-reduce the parts of your body you don't like. Fat loss is a total-body process, and stretching won't burn fat, anyway. :) because your muscles take their energy from the bloodstream, exercising your calves won't help.

How you build muscle and lose fat is largely determined by genetics. They won't keep growing, though. I also bet you money they aren't as large as you think, no matter what your "friend" might think. You're looking down on them from a skewed perspective. I used to think the same thing about mine, until I saw them in a full-body mirror while working out. They're proportionate for my body. :)

PURPLE_ROSE2 SparkPoints: (6,008)
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3/2/13 3:37 P

My calves are already huge, with excersizing I have noticed they are getting bigger. I have tried stretching, but it doesn't seem to be working. Even my friend pointed out the other day how huge they are. Any tips on how to slim them down?

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