How to Get Rid of Chubby Hands

Two Methods:Maintaining a Healthy LifestyleMaking Your Hands Appear Thinner

Many people are self-conscious about “chubby” hands. Unfortunately for anyone wanting to change their hands’ appearance, genetics are probably the most important factor in shaping them. However, there are ways to alter how your hands look, even if they are naturally a little chubby.[1] The best thing you can do for your self-esteem, however, is to accept yourself for who you are, regardless of how you look.

Method 1
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

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    Commit to getting enough exercise. Losing weight is the prime way to thinner hands, and the healthiest way to lose weight is through exercise. The CDC recommends adults get roughly 150 minutes of aerobic activity and strength train at least twice a week.[2] If you’re already exercising that much, try to up your routine.
    • Contrary to popular belief, hand exercises will not lead to slimmer hands. First, “spot training” where a person targets a certain area of their body for exercise and weight loss is largely a myth[3]. Second, even if exercising certain muscles for weight loss were possible, your fingers don’t have any! The muscles controlling your fingers reside in your palms and forearms.[4]
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    Eat a healthy, balanced diet. The other safe, effective method of weight loss is through eating well. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy ones like lettuce and kale. Lean meats, such as chicken breast and a variety of fish, are also an important part of a healthy diet. Just be sure to watch those calories and avoid large amounts of processed sugar by steering clear of carbohydrates and candy. Don’t starve yourself, as this has the potential to cause major health problems.[5]
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    Stay hydrated. “Chubby” hands may actually be swollen ones. Swelling can be caused by water retention, which may be due to mild dehydration.[6] However, if your hands swell during or after exercise, try drinking a sports drink instead of water. Sometimes that type of hand swelling can be caused by drinking too much water, causing an imbalance of electrolytes in your body.[7]
    • If proper hydration and electrolyte balance doesn’t improve swollen hands, see a doctor. Swelling in the hands and other extremities can be a sign of serious medical problems.[8]
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    Cut down on salt. Eating too much salt can cause fluid retention, making your hands swell. Avoid foods like salted peanuts, potato chips, processed meats, and soy sauce. If you’re having trouble cutting those out of your diet, buy low sodium versions available at most supermarkets.

Method 2
Making Your Hands Appear Thinner

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    Get the right manicure. Longer nails and nail beds can give the illusion of longer, thinner fingers. Nail shape also plays a role. Filing your nails to a round or “squoval” shape is best for short, wide fingers.[9]
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    Size any jewelry properly. A pinching, too-small ring can make even thin hands look chubby! Accurately determine your ring size. Don’t just guess! The same thing goes for bracelets and watches.
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    Wear thicker jewelry. Thin bracelets and rings can make your hands look chubbier than they actually are. Conversely, thick bracelets and rings draw the eye away from chubby areas. They can also create the illusion of a more slender silhouette. However, minimal hand jewelry is also advised if you’re self-conscious about your hands. Consider wearing your flashiest accessories elsewhere to accentuate the attributes you’re proud of.
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    Wear gloves when possible. If you’re extremely self-conscious about your hands, gloves may give you a confidence boost. Short nylon gloves with frilled edges work with many casual outfits. For dressier occasions, formal gloves are popular. Formal gloves can be a variety of lengths from short to very long, reaching past your elbow. Pick the type that is most flattering for you. When the weather gets chilly, wear insulated gloves.


  • Everyone is their own worst critic. Even though you may think that your hands are chubby, many people may never notice. You may not even have chubby hands at all!
  • Remember that not everyone can have thin hands. Some generally chubby people have slender hands, while some skinny people can have fat ones. Don’t feel bad if weight loss doesn’t lead to skinny fingers. Learn to accept your hands the way they are.
  • Keep in mind that as people age they lose fat in their hands. Chubby hands can actually make you appear more youthful![10]
  • Do your best to love yourself and your body!

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