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Ladies! How did you lose your cankles?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 06, 2011 at 5:35 PM

After comenting on a post earlier it got me thinking about how many women near and dear to me that want to loose excess unsightly weight on the area where the calf meets the ankle. I dont know what to tell them usually other than you cant really spot reduce.

Is it just an accumulation of excess body fat? Estrogen toxicity? Genes?

So I want to have it straight from the horses mouth, on how you lost your cankles? Was it simply a matter of losing weight in general? Supplements?

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on February 11, 2012
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The badass female captain of our varsity rowing team is one of the fittest person (regardless of gender) I have ever met- both she and her sister (also a rower) had cankles. It just ran in the family!

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on October 06, 2011
at 09:10 PM

I agree, I am a very overweight person but always have disproportionally slimmer wrists and ankles. However, I will say I have certainly lost weight in both wrists and ankles since starting paleo/primal eating.

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on October 06, 2011
at 07:52 PM

Good point, then maybe we have just sexually selected thinner ankles?

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on October 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

I think it's just a particular physical variation. People have different builds and some are more likely than others to store fat there, and their legs are just built in a way that creates the cankle effect. I've seen skinny women who have cankles and very overweight women who have slim defined ankles. Like if you look at a photo of say, Mischa Barton, she doesn't really have much ankle definition even though she's quite slim.

So I guess losing the cankles would just be a matter of losing fat all over, but sadly you might never totally get rid of them if that's the way you're built. Maybe building up the calf muscles would help? I don't know. I've never had to deal with this problem so maybe others can offer better insight.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on October 06, 2011
at 09:10 PM

I agree, I am a very overweight person but always have disproportionally slimmer wrists and ankles. However, I will say I have certainly lost weight in both wrists and ankles since starting paleo/primal eating.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 11, 2012
at 03:02 AM

The badass female captain of our varsity rowing team is one of the fittest person (regardless of gender) I have ever met- both she and her sister (also a rower) had cankles. It just ran in the family!

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on October 06, 2011
at 07:02 PM

When I stopped eating grains, my ankles stopped swelling, which makes them look slimmer.

Not quite the same what's being discussed above, but what might be misconstrued as fat may simply be retention.

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on October 06, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Yup, I agree with Olivia - even when I was my slimmest in the 120s/130s range weight-wise (while being 5'6"), I had cankles. I think it's a heredity/bone structure thing.

The best thing you can do is wear shoes that don't cut of that line of your leg visually - no ankle straps. Classic pumps help elongate and maintain a long line from the leg down the top of the foot, though the hazard of wearing heels that are too high probably isn't worth it.

For ladies trying to lose cankles: Get as fit as you can, get a decent tan, and wear clothing that highlights your otherwise-better-loved physical attributes.

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on October 06, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I agree accentuate the positives! My ankles are small and I'm always twisting one so maybe thick ankles make you more durable while hunting and gathering!

E286e6ba6ef6c4c4a31a749e59aa57e1

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on October 06, 2011
at 07:52 PM

Good point, then maybe we have just sexually selected thinner ankles?

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on October 06, 2011
at 11:12 PM

I have 16" cankles. As someone mentioned above- for me, at least, it's partially fluid retention. The stronger my legs get/are, the better circulation is in that area, and the slimmer- or at least more defined- they appear. Running just about doubles their size... sometimes. Grains also correlate- the more grains &/or simple sugar, the more of an ankle I have. Mine might actually be more a kind of lymphedema, though, so it might be worth a doctor visit for your friends/family.

Failing that, and because it's about that time of year: http://www.widewidths.com/. Boots for those with a larger calf. They've also got tips on there for those with larger ankles (mine, woefully, pretty much rule me out of boots entirely).

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