Can Your Fingers Slim Down?

Whether you have problems getting your favorite ring on or off or you simply don't like to look of your fingers, you may wonder whether there's anything you can do about fat or pudgy fingers. Though finger length and hand shape are largely determined by genetics, finger girth can result from more controllable factors. Slimming your fingers is usually possible and in many cases can be accomplished through dietary changes or an increase in exercise.


The two primary causes of pudgy fingers are fat on the fingers and water retention. Hobbies, sports and occupations where grip strength plays an important part can result in muscle bulk on the fingers as well, though this does not generally result in the swollen or fat look that many people with larger fingers want to get rid of. Fat can be removed through diet and exercise, while water retention can often be removed by limiting your sodium intake.

Managing Water Retention

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If you experience puffiness or swelling in your feet as well as your fingers, then the cause of your pudgy fingers is likely water retention. The primary method of reducing water retention is to reduce sodium intake to under 2,300 milligrams per day. This reduction should include not only salt but other forms of sodium as well as MSG, baking soda, baking powder, disodium phosphate, sodium alginate and sodium nitrate. Beware of packaging stating that food products are "light in sodium," have "reduced sodium" or have "no sodium added," as these labels do not necessarily indicate that the food has little or no sodium; these phrases mean that the sodium content has been reduced from the original version or that no additional sodium has been added to the product, but the product may still have significant sodium content.

Losing Weight

You cannot target weight loss specifically to your fingers, but using diet and exercise to lose body fat will reduce the amount of fat stored in your fingers as well. Weight loss can be difficult, but you can make it easier by setting realistic weight-loss goals such as losing 10 percent of your current body weight and making dietary substitutions such as low-fat milk and low-calorie versions of your favorite foods. Increase your activity level by walking, doing aerobics or performing other physical activity that fits your lifestyle, as exercise plays an important part in losing weight as well. By cutting calories in your diet and performing exercises to stimulate your muscles and burn additional calories, you will create a calorie deficit in which you are using more calories than you take in; for every 3,500 calories that you burn this way, you will lose 1 pound of fat.

Other Considerations

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You may wish to use diuretic substances such as caffeine, dandelion, ginger and juniper to reduce bloating and water retention in the fingers, but they may not provide much of an effect. Further, water retention and bloating can be caused by a number of medical conditions, so you should consult a doctor to see if there is an underlying medical cause for the swelling.

Improving Finger Appearance

Depending on the size and shape of the bones in your fingers and the strength of the muscles within them, you may be limited on how much you can reduce your finger size. If you want to improve the look of your fingers after you've reduced their size as much as you can, grow out your nails slightly so that they extend just beyond the tip of the finger and round off your nails to make the finger seem longer. If you use nail polish, you can use natural-looking colors such as nude shades or light pinks to make them seem longer as well.