(Closed) losing wt in the arms?

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I want to know too! I’m losing weight everywhere else BUT my arms! And I’m working those out nonstop! Grrrr. That is the only place that I want toned up, too. I mean, I like to have a few curves, but not the curves on my arms haha

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Unfortunately there is no such thing as targeted weight loss. The best you can do is to lose weight over all. But don’t forget to add a couple of “girl” push ups since a toned arm will look better.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah, you can’t spot reduce πŸ™  You can, however, tone the muscle underneath and burn the fat off the top πŸ™‚  Don’t be afraid of weight training.  This will help your arms look lean & toned.  Cardio and high intensity interval training will help target overall fat loss, and diet is important too.  Focus on lean proteins, avoid refined sugars (white bread, sugary drinks, etc) and make sure you eat a clean diet (fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, little to no refined or processed foods). 

Oh, and when you build lean muscle mass, your body actually burns more calories at rest.  A 120 pound person with no muscle tone will actually appear larger than a very lean, toned 130 pound person.

Good luck πŸ™‚ 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

DaneLady and tangeld are right – spot reduction just doesn’t really happen. If it did, you might see some really odd-looking people walking around with super-fit arms and flabby everywhere else. I’ve never really seen anyone who looked like that.

On the bright side, OP, if your listed wedding date is accurate, then you have a great deal of time left to work on overall fat loss and toning up those muscles!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another vote for no spot reduction!  Work on strength training, and check out “The New Rules of Lifting for Women”  – it’s a fantastic book that will give you some strength workouts and teach you how to lift! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Yeah, sadly you can’t spot reduce – but if you continue to work out and especially keep to a scheduled strength training routine, you will see results. It just might take some time πŸ™‚  And bodies are weird.. I lose inches incredibly fast in my bust, thighs and waist but my hips and arms are stubborn jerks that refuse to reduce.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Unfortunately you can’t just pick a spot to lose weight from – I wish that was the case. And also, it’s a combination of exercise and diet – the diet to lose the fat and the exercise to tone it up. I wish losing weight was as easy as gaining weight but, sadly it’s not πŸ™

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, and for exercising, since you want to make your arms lean and toned and not bulky you are going to want to do more sets/reps with a lighter weight as opposed to heavier weights with less sets/reps. It may take longer but the results should be worth it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have to warn you.  Get a trainer and get some help.   When I got engaged, I knew that was one area I wanted to fix.   I rushed out and bought a couple of small weights because I heard that you need to use smaller weights and more reps.

Since I had already lost 60lbs, my arms were a little flabby.  My intention was to tone what I could until October and then have the arm surgery in October, giving me a year for the scars to fade.  Well, September I torn my rotator cuff, my shoulder was sore, but I kept going…no pain.. no gain.   In October I put off the surgery because my arm was sore, please December was a better time for the surgery for me.   November, the doctor sends me to Physio for the shoulder.  December, I can’t move it anymore, back to the doctor.   January after tests…Torn Rotator Cuff.   Now I can’t exercise it.  They are still doing physio, and the arm is just getting worse, looks llike surgery, but not the kind I wanted.   And so, now, I will have flabby, loose arms and a scar for my wedding.   ugh.

Get a professional to help you.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got a pair of 2 lb wrist weights that I’ve been using when I walk/jog (I got them at Target for like $13, or something like that) as well as a 7lb kettlebell that I have been using primarily to tone my triceps.  It’s true that you can’t target weight loss, and maybe I’m just seeing what I want to see, but I really feel like both of these things are helping.

I also love the wrist weights because I feel like they make me more aware of my posture while I’m walking.  They’re a great way to get more out of your cardio workout.

I’ve still got some work to do in the next couple of months – I’m curious to see how much of a difference I can make.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just bought wrist weights for walking as well as a light boxing/cardio DVD workout. I also joined a gym (GAH), and since the weather is spectacular for early spring in WNY, the beau is fixing up my bike for the season tomorrow morning. I have a Wii Fit Plus balance board too, living room is too small to do it effectively, but we have a plan to covert either our spare bedroom or part of the basement into a workout room for those days when it’s not nice enough to be outside. PLUS we just started a “Biggest Loser” contest at work, and I know how to eat right (I’m just so damn lazy about it).

I’ve got an arsenal of tools here to lose a little or even a lot of weight. I REALLY hope I can stick it out. Willpower is not my strong suit.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This sounds silly, but I bought the Shake Weight a while ago, and I swear it works! I don’t have overly “flabby/grandma arms,” but I notice if I stick to it for a few weeks.. (only 6 mins a day!) it definitely helps tone my triceps and makes a little less jiggle.. or maybe it’s all in my head..!?

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