Does Losing Weight Make Your Wrists Smaller? (Good News)

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It’s no secret that when we lose weight, we lose body fat from various areas on our body, but does losing weight make your wrists smaller? Do you even have fat around your wrists?

To answer your question, yes, losing weight can make your wrists smaller because you are decreasing the amount of subcutaneous fat from all over your body, including around your wrists, arms, and hands.

Let’s talk some more about this, shall we?

Does Losing Weight Make Your Wrists Smaller?

Yes, losing weight does have the potential to make your wrists smaller because many people store subcutaneous body fat around the arm, hand, and wrist areas.

When you lose weight, this fat will be reduced, resulting in smaller wrists. You will actually lose weight from everywhere on your body in addition to your wrists.

Not everyone stores body fat in the same places and in the same amounts on their bodies.


Some of us carry more body fat in some places than others do so while you may store fat around your arms and wrists, someone else may not store body fat in these areas at all.

How Does Losing Weight Make Your Wrists Smaller?

Your wrists may become smaller when you lose weight because your body has decided to utilize the body fat stored in the wrist area as fuel, just like it does in other areas.

When you lose weight, it’s not just your wrists that become smaller. In fact, losing weight will result in a decrease in overall body fat from your entire body, in areas such as:

  • Face and Neck
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Upper back and lower back
  • Love handle area
  • Shoulders
  • Stomach
  • Glutes
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Feet

This brings us to our next important point about losing body fat, you cannot control where your body will release fat from when losing weight.

You Can’t Spot Reduce Fat From Your Wrists

While you may be quite excited to finally find out that you can decrease overall wrist size when you lose weight, you also need to be aware that you cannot spot reduce.

What does this mean? It simply means you cannot choose where you will lose body fat from first.

So, while you may be looking forward to losing fat from the wrist area, you cannot make your body lose fat from this area first. The body decides this for you.

Will you eventually lose fat from the wrist area as you decrease your overall body fat percentage? Yes you will, but you need to give your body adequate time to finally let it go.

There is really nothing you can do about this, it is just the way the body works.

While it may be frustrating to know that you cannot do anything additional to speed up this process or “make” your body drop fat from your wrists first, just give it time.

Over time, you will begin to lose body fat from your body in the areas it is utilizing this fat for fuel, and eventually your overall wrist size will decrease as well. It may be the first place you lose fat from, but it may also be the last.

How Long Will It Take To Lose Fat From My Wrists?

The amount of time it takes you to decrease the amount of fat around your wrists depends solely on how well you adhere to a calorie deficit as well as how your body utilizes your stored body fat as fuel in that deficit.

time it takes to decrease wrist fat

For some people they may see results from a calorie deficit in a month and see a decrease in their overall wrist size, and for others, this could take longer, even up to 6 months.

There is no way to figure out a 100% accurate amount of time that it takes for your body to start breaking down fat in any specific area.

However, for most people, adhering to a 500 calorie deficit per day will allow them to lose about 1-2 pounds of body fat per week.

However, this fat may be lost in your face first, or even your abdomen. Unfortunately, there is no way to target fat loss.

What you need to do is just keep on chugging away at your goal, and eventually you will se a decrease in overall body fat from various areas.

Will Wrist Exercises Help Me Lose Fat From My Wrists?

While wrist exercises may be tempting for fat loss from the wrist area, unfortunately, they will not help without a calorie deficit and time.

Wrist exercises do not directly target body fat and cannot spot reduce from the wrist area or any other areas.

The only benefit of performing wrist exercises such as wrist curls and stretches is strengthening the muscles surrounding the wrist and increasing wrist flexibility.


In order to actually lose subcutaneous fat from the wrist area, you need to be in a calorie deficit.

When you are in a calorie deficit, you will eventually lose body fat from the wrist area, but spot reducing from this area with exercises will be of no benefit to you.

If you are looking to start losing weight with a calorie deficit or are unsure of how to start, you can check out the article below to get started.

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Are Small Wrists Considered Attractive?

Overall, the wrist area is last on the list when asking people what they find attractive in a potential partner.

While some may find small wrists attractive, most people do not put this area at the top of their list.


Some of the most important physical attributes people find attractive are:

  • A symmetrical face
  • Clear skin
  • Bright eyes
  • Hair color
  • Full lips
  • White teeth
  • Lean muscles
  • A nice butt
  • Breasts
  • Legs

Now does this mean that some people do not have an attraction to wrists? Of course it doesn’t.

Many people have many different parts of the body they find attractive, and trust me, I am sure there are people out there that have an attraction to wrists.

The important thing to remember is that you cannot change your overall attractiveness to someone by losing weight and making your wrists smaller.

The goal of losing weight is to decrease overall body fat percentage and be a HEALTHIER version of yourself.

We all have different preferences, so don’t worry too much about your wrist size. The average person is not going to be looking at your wrists more than likely, they might just be something you are focusing on yourself.

Just focus on becoming the best version of yourself and attracting those that are attracted to you, no matter what your wrist size is.


Below is a list of common questions many have related to losing fat from the wrists.

Is Your Wrist Size Genetic?

Yes, your wrist size and overall bone structure is genetic.

There is a genetic link between bone mass and bone density, and this includes the wrists.

Some people are born with small wrists, while others have larger wrists. It is all dependent on genetics. So while you cannot change the overall size of the bone structure that makes up the wrist, you can control the subcutaneous fat beneath the skin.

Do Your Fingers Shrink When You Lose Weight?

Yes, your fingers may become smaller when you lose weight. For example, many with wedding bands or rings have to get them resized after a significant weight loss.

This is due to the fact that you do store body fat in your hands and fingers, and with weight loss, you will lose fat in all areas, including the fingers.

Does Wrist Size Change Throughout The Day?

Yes it is possible for your wrist size to change throughout the day or on a day by day basis, but this is not something that is extremely noticeable by you or others.

The reason that this happens is due to the fact that water weight can play a role in how large or small your wrists look as well as the fact that the wrist is a joint.

Joints have the ability to swell or shrink and they are highly vascularized. Depending on the amount of inflammation that is present, your joints can increase or even decrease size from day to day.

Last Words

If you are looking to decrease the overall size of your wrists, losing weight may be able to also decrease the amount of subcutaneous fat around the wrists.

It is important to know that you cannot choose where your body where lose fat from first, and you must let your body do the work.

If you remain in a healthy calorie deficit, you will be able to decrease your overall body fat percentage over time, which will help you to decrease the amount of body fat you have all over the body, including your wrists.

Just give it time and you will see the results you are after, as long as you are patient.

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