100 lb. Club - Arm Fat Not Budging!

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12-29-2009, 05:52 PM
I have lost over fifty pounds now. I have lost several inches off my waist, hips, thighs, chest... EVERYTHING, even more than an inch off my neck. But my arms are not shrinking AT ALL!! At 280 pounds they were 17" each at the bicep. And now they are 16 3/4" or even a bit more than that... just a hair under 17". It isn't muscle, since I do *nothing* with my arms and slacked off weight training a long time ago. It is really annoying to have a decent looking, almost normal type of body with the arms of a morbidly obese woman hanging by my side. It looks very disproportionate and I am starting to feel embarrassed about this.

Anyone else have a problem area that WILL NOT shrink?? I mean, after 50+ pounds you'd think ALL parts would shrink...

I am going to keep losing weight and also add arm exercises. I am hoping that building muscle there will start to burn those huge fat stores in the area (even though people say you can't "spot reduce", I think sometimes you can. Which is why when I started biking daily, my hips/butt/thighs shrank way more than anything else).

12-29-2009, 06:04 PM
My calves. That's where I am storing all of my fat. Talk about disproportionate. I'm wearing XS and size 4's, but my calves are like stumps. VERY frustrating. I'm assuming if I lost another 10 - 15 lbs they'd just have to shrink. But I'm not willing (at this point) to eat any less and/or move anymore. Besides the rest of me would be SCARY bone-y, thin and emaciated looking.

You've still got some time for your arms to catch up with the rest of you though. You will be amazed as you inch towards your goal and then hit it what your "trouble" spot(s) will look like.

Unless of course you're like me ;). Which you won't be. :)

12-29-2009, 06:07 PM
I haven't had a specific problem with my arms, but my weight loss has not been 'even' in my body. My stomach took forever to show a difference, I was losing inches but the results were nothing like the rest of my body. Then suddenly this month it's like my stomach was deflated and the difference is really noticeable (no longer looking quite so pregnant, lol).

It's hard when that one area is stubborn and refuses to budge, but likely your body just needs time to adjust and eventually it will shrink too. Exercising will definitely help build up some muscle and tone that area. I just started adding more exercise into my plan because even though I've lost a lot of weight I have the muscle tone of veal and flab is not very pretty looking. Congrats on your loss & good luck with your arms! :)

12-29-2009, 06:39 PM
that would be my "saddle bags" on my thighs...I don't have much more to go and *sigh* they are still there! Ugh....but what can ya do at this point except keep on doing what you are doing right?

12-29-2009, 07:01 PM
I was just about to say this sounds familiar when I realized haha I read your blog!

Like I said in your blog- I'd add some arm toning exercises to your routine- for me- I put weights in my hands while I'm on the treadmill- it's a killer workout :)

Arctic Mama
12-29-2009, 07:45 PM
I agree that toning is about your only bet for improving their appearance, other than continuing down the scale. My arms have stayed fairly large as well, but for me that is because I put on weight in the center of my body (back, tummy, boobs) and not so much in my limbs, so it takes much larger weight loss to see it in my arms than in does in the areas I readily store fat, like my tummy.

Just keep doing what you're doing, the rest will take care of itself!

12-29-2009, 10:06 PM
I have the same problem with my arms. I am sorry to report that while I have been lifting heavily for some time now, I *still* have the same problem with my arms. They *have* gotten smaller, but the skin is just emptying and at this point I'm rocking the bat wings. There's a ton of muscle in there, sure, but there's a lot of extra skin too.

There's going to be surgery in my future, and I'm going to have to figure out a way to pay for it. The only silver lining is that I can get my boobs lifted at the same time, because those haven't gotten any smaller either. Like Robin, I've also got huge calves. I tried on a pair of tall boots yesterday, just to see if they'd zip. Nope. Maybe when I'm at goal, I don't know. I try not to let it get to me.

12-30-2009, 12:43 PM
Thanks guys. I just want to see them shrink SOME!! Crazy arms.

I am also going to get back to skin brushing (focused on the triceps area) before I shower. I think that helps the skin tighten up... also good lotion... but I guess I won't know for sure until I lose all this weight and see what's left. Here's to hoping.

12-30-2009, 01:51 PM
My stomach won't shrink! And not only won't it shrink, but it's subject to bloat. I've dropped 3" in 65 pounds, but I still have a 41" waist, and on bloat days it goes right back to 43".

On the other hand, I've got great legs... Even at 300 lbs I never had "chub rub" and now, I've got Tina Turner gams... too bad they're attached to a potato.

Now that I think about it, I have no idea what my arms are-- I never bothered to measure them.

12-30-2009, 02:35 PM
I am having the same problem with my arms. I could wear at least one smaller size if my arms were in proportion to the rest of me. Thistoo described them perfectly "They *have* gotten smaller, but the skin is just emptying and at this point I'm rocking the bat wings. "

I would still rather have the emptying skin then the fat filled skin!

12-30-2009, 04:18 PM
One morning this week I saw the "Instant arm lift" on The late hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. They could not see a use for it, probably because they have thin arms. I wonder if it really does any good?

"As seen on TV"
http://www.instantarmlift.com/ :lol:

12-30-2009, 04:42 PM
One morning this week I saw the "Instant arm lift" on The late hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. They could not see a use for it, probably because they have thin arms. I wonder if it really does any good?

You know, I was out to dinner with a coworker I occasionally socialize with recently, and the subject of plastic surgery came up. She's not skinny, but she's never been heavy enough to know what it's like to face the prospect of reconstructive surgery.

Anyway, she flat-out said that she judges people who get plastic surgery. I told her that was fine, but I didn't particularly care what she or anyone else thinks, and if I can swing arm surgery I will get it eventually.

Later that night she sent me a link to an article on Jezebel about the instant arm lift. It's just her sense of humor, but I thought it was a little obnoxious. Not worth making a fuss about, certainly, but it's funny that people who don't get it and never will feel like they can make fun of stuff that's a big source of self-consciousness for some of us.

12-30-2009, 08:38 PM
I am with ya. I WISH my arms would shrink at bit. After losing 80 lbs they've only shrunk .5 inches. I've been weight training for about 10 months and my arms are looking defined but the loose skin is terrible and they just aren't getting smaller. I'm hoping as i get a bit closer to goal they magically will magically shrink...

12-30-2009, 09:10 PM
I am a pear, have always been a pear, fat or thin. My hips and legs will always be bigger. We all have our areas that come and go faster than others. I agree with what others have said, try incorporating the weight training in your arms/upper body. Ultimately, you may be surprised at how your body settles. Don't lose sight of the fact that having the loose arms means you've lost weight! YAY! This is a good thing!

P.S. - Your avatar is the same bike I have. I love it! It's a comfy chair and a hybrid between the recumbent and uprights.

12-30-2009, 09:24 PM
I have this problem with my tummy :(
It doesn't make sense because I have lost a few inches there (not many compared with anywhere else), but it looks BIGGER. It's less proportionate now and it sticks out more. Today i tried on an old shirt which I never wore out because of the tummy area. I thought I'd be able to wear it but my tummy looks the same if not worse lol! I've lost 60+ pounds.
I'm hoping the stomach is the next thing to go!

12-30-2009, 09:28 PM
I've got the arm issue as well. 100+ pounds later I thought it would improve. My trainer swears they are changing. I don't see it yet. They will hopefully change more with the next 50ish pounds. We'll see. I've already decided if I'm not happy with them (along with the inner thighs) a year after I reach maintenance weight I'd be talking to a surgeon.

Just keep on keeping on! :D