How Do You Get Rid of Cankles?


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To eliminate cankles that develop as a result of fluid retention, reduce the level of sodium in your diet, increase hydration, and perform exercises that increase metabolic activity. Some cankles form due to genetics, and others appear during pregnancy and disappear after.

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  1. Reduce your sodium intake

    Minimize the amount of processed foods you consume to recuce the sodium in your diet. Target foods like soups, packaged snacks and microwave dinners use sodium as a preservative. Reduce your salt intake as well to keep fluid from accumulating in your ankles and other parts of the body.

  2. Drink more water

    Consume at least 64 ounces of water each day to ensure that salts and other substances do not lodge within your system. Remember that proper hydration pushes materials through your metabolic system, and dehydration causes the body to hold on to fluids, leading to inflammation that causes cankles and swelling in other areas of the body.

  3. Perform exercises that boost your metabolism

    Add cardio exercises such as walking, hiking, jogging or running, to your daily routine. Remember that "spot reducing," or trying to target particular parts of the body for fat loss, does not work, but increasing your metabolic activity reduces fat all over you body, which could help your cankles to shrink.

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