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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...)
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.
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!
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. And 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. ...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.
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. 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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