Want to know how to get skinny legs fast? Feel like yours are leaning more toward tree stump than the leggy look? If your thighs are pudgy, your legs look shorter. Worse yet, are thick ankles, which really bring down the entire attractiveness quotient of your leg. If your legs are chunky, you’ll skip shorts, skirts, and skinny jeans, thank you. But if you want them, you can have them in a matter of months. Just follow these rules. Although this is targeted to women, men can use these as well. But typically it’s women who complain of cankles, ankles that are big enough to be considered calves. Traditionally, men don’t get this unless overweight; whereas, women of healthy weight can suffer with heavy ankles and legs. Here's some advice for anyone of either gender who wants to get skinny legs: Lose weight Step one to making your legs more slim is losing any extra body fat that is now providing padding. In order to do that, you must move enough to burn off more calories than you take in. Cardio exercise will help you lose weight. There’s no magic activity that you need to do. Just do what you like. However, be careful not to pick something that will bulk up that area anymore than it already is. For example, you probably want to shy away from bicycling, stair climber, and step aerobics. That will plump up the muscles under the fat. And that is no good. You want long and lean muscles. Running, walking, and swimming are good choices. Aim for at least thirty minutes a day. But you can take a break a couple days a week to recover. Leg-Slimming Exercises Step two is build lean muscle and tone. Traditional advice for women regarding their legs is largely counter-intuitive. Many will tell you to use machines at the gym, such as the inner and outer thigh machines. This is a mistake. What happens when you build muscle in an area? Well, it gets larger of course! So… if we’re building muscle in the inner and outer thighs… Yes, that’s right. Your leg will be bulkier. So, abandon those machines with a quickness. You do want to tone your leg muscles though. Focus on the quads, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, and glutes. Don’t lift too heavy, and you will be fine. But leave your inner and outer thigh muscles alone. (Trust me: you will thank me!) Try classic body weight exercises like leg lifts, wall sits, lunges, and squats. Do 30 reps each for three sets to start. Leg lifts: side and front. These work different areas of the leg. Wall sits: get into a sitting position against the wall and hold for 15 seconds at a time. Then work your way up. Your thighs will eventually tremble under the strain. That’s when it’s time to stop for the day. Lunges: step out in front of you with your leg at a 45 degree angle. Alternate legs or repeat on one leg and then switch. Squats: mimic a seated position. Watch the knees so they aren’t over your toes. Hold. Foods for Skinny Legs Watching what you eat is just as important as the workout you do. Stay away from corn syrup and sugar. Your blood sugar skyrockets and your body floods your system with insulin. Then you feel hungry, so you eat. Now you’ve got too many calories. If you remove saturated fats from your diet and adopt unsaturated ones instead, not only will your legs be slimmer, your heart will be healthier too. Choose healthy carbs rather than eliminating them. Opt for fruits, whole wheat, and dark green vegetables as your carbs instead. Eggs are good for you! You can actually lose weight by eating them! Three servings of low fat dairy should be part of your plan. And trade that coffee for green tea! Calcium and green tea are proven fat burners. If you make the appropriate swaps in your diet and stay consistent with exercise, you will have the slender legs you want by swimsuit season.