Post # 1
OK so my wedding is in a couple of months, I’ve already bought my dress. In the last year I’ve gained about 40 pounds. I’m 5’8 and 160lbs. I’m in no way “overweight”, at least I don’t think I am… But anyways, I have some areas that really need toning. Like
My arms, got some flab there and with a strapless dress and the arm pit flab and arm flab, I need some toning up there
My pooch on my belly. After having a child it got worse but especially now that I’ve put on so much weight
And my double chin. Double chins run strong in the female family. I know how to hide it for pictures but is there any way without surgery to take care of the double chin?
Any tips on toning these up but not loosing weight? I’d rather not have a smaller bust butt or waist since the dress fits me pretty perfectly as is, but toning up these problem areas would be great, especially since we are honeymooning on a cruise to the carribbean and I will have to be in a bathing suit!
Fitness tips to help these problem areas?
Here’s a pic for refrence
Post # 3
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s almost impossible to “spot add” or “spot lose” trouble areas. You can do exercises that work these areas more, but you’ll have to incorperate an overall fat-loss routine to see the results of your targeted toning moves. E.g. you can do 500 crunches a day, but if you’ve got fat over the muscle, you won’t see a six pack.
Genetics play a huge role in where we carry weight, and which places will drop it first, making it even harder to lose fat in only one area. Your body kind of picks on it’s own.
Post # 4
@BlondeBee: Makes sense, the belly pooch arms and double chin have always been the areas my mom was most concerned over as well.
My trouble is in order to fit into the dress I can’t really go any smaller hips butt bust and waist wise or it will be too big on me, but I’d rather not look like the above on my wedding, I know the ways to make myself look thinner in those areas but I don’t want to spend the whole day concerned over that 🙁
Post # 5
I’m sure you’ve heard a million times that you can’t spot reduce, which is true. You don’t have much to lose, so I’d recommend lifting.
^^ That post right there got me motivated to lift.
Post # 6
@kris325: You could do limited amounts of cardio, and then add in more toning work.. try pilates, as it’s not an intense cardio workout, and you get longer, leaner muscles from it. With any type of workout, you are going to burn calories, and as I mentioned before, there’s no way to tell your body which area will get slimmer first.
I bring a dvd and my resistance band with me on work trips when I know I cant get to the gym. If you want to exercise at home, maybe give this a try? This one comes with a resistance band, too!
Post # 7
@BlondeBee: Great advice! I have a pilates DVD somewhere that I should dig out…