Weight Loss Support - Another question about baggy arms...




chazma
11-16-2011, 04:09 PM
Hi all

My question is; was anyone super worried that they would end up with saggy baggy arms, but once they had slimmed down/worked out ended up with the arms they wanted? This is mainly aimed at peeps who have lost 60+ lbs. Any tricks or tips which helped you along the way.

My arms are my bugbear! Since i have lost some weight my arm circ has gone down by 2" which is great, but they are still pretty huge!

Thanks x

Forgot to add, i have some 5lb weights which iv started over the past few weeks to help tone ect. Any excercise advice would be fab.


runningfromfat
11-16-2011, 04:19 PM
So far I haven't noticed much of any loose skin on my arms. I'm not sure what they measured in at when I started but they're currently about 13.5-14" (15" after a workout due to water retention) and I have clear muscle definition when I flex (even on my left arm too, which took awhile!). As for lifting, I started with the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I love the book and still do many of the exercises from it (but not strictly due to an injury).

Even at low weights, I've carried weight in my arms, so I don't expect it to go away completely. That being said lifting has helped a lot. :D

NEMom
11-16-2011, 04:29 PM
Oh, baggy arms, I call them bat wings were a huge problem for me. I do weight lifting 5 days a week and this has really helped my arms. I use a weight machine mostly and am lifting up to 50lbs. Took me a while to build up. I have purchased some free weights and I am working on incorporating them into my routine. Keep working on the arm weights, it will take a while but you will notice a difference.


sontaikle
11-16-2011, 04:35 PM
I've found that my last few pounds have come from my arms and I have a little bit of fat there left, which most women have anyway. I carried a lot of weight in my arms and it annoyed me how much flab was there. I started lifting heavier weights and I found that recently my arms got quite thin and I can now see some muscle definition.

I lift heavy weights regularly and I also lift 10lb free weights whenever I can. I'm looking to move up to the 12lb now.

baker23
11-16-2011, 04:37 PM
Up until about 2 weeks ago I didn't lift weights to try and tone. My arms wern't to bad just a little loose skin. If you lose weight slowly enough your skin has time to adjust and snap back, and you won't wind up with alot of excess skin. But you will need to tone eventually :)

MariaMaria
11-16-2011, 05:13 PM
If you lose weight slowly enough your skin has time to adjust and snap back, and you won't wind up with alot of excess skin.

If you're lucky and happen to have skin that bounces back.

Some folks do, some don't. And those that don't aren't necessarily losing weight wrong (too fast, too slow, wrong diet, wrong exercise, wrong whatever).

IsobelRose22
11-16-2011, 05:15 PM
I do weights, I have some 2lb ones. I do bicep curls, tricep dips, tricep extensions, and chest presses (I think you also call them bench presses) I still have loose skin but it's a lot less than it was not so long ago, and I have muscle definition. I find lighter weights and lots of reps work for me.

ValRock
11-16-2011, 05:40 PM
Yup!! Mine were huge and they look fab now, if I may say so ;).

I lift HEAVY and they're not bulky, they just look nice and defined. Hit the weights!

berryblondeboys
11-16-2011, 07:17 PM
This largely has to do with genetics and your age.

If you are going to have bat wings, you are going to have bat wings. Lifting weights can help with defining the muscles of your arms, but they will not make bat wings disappear because that is the fat/loose skin over those muscles. Why? because you can't make your body lose fat where you want - your body takes from where it wants and when it comes to bat wings, a lot of it is loose skin and that takes 1-2 years to tighten back up - if it ever does - again, depending on age and genetic mostly.

So, while I'm all for strength training, it won't be what gets rid of loose hanging skin.

ValRock
11-16-2011, 07:18 PM
But muscle can help fill some of that empty space and having more muscle overall burns more calories when your body is at rest. It can't hurt!

berryblondeboys
11-16-2011, 07:26 PM
But muscle can help fill some of that empty space and having more muscle overall burns more calories when your body is at rest. It can't hurt!

Do you know how long it takes to build that kind of muscle? Especially as a woman? I have super bat wings (lost 97 from top weight) and I do strength training 3 times a week (not recommended to do more than that) and I can grab a good two inches of loose skin/loose fat on the under side of my arms. (oh, and I'm also nearly 42 years old). Muscle takes up less space than fat, we all know that, so you will never 'fill the void' with muscle - at least most of us won't as I haven't seen too many muscle bound women around.

ValRock
11-16-2011, 07:30 PM
Do you know how long it takes to build that kind of muscle? Especially as a woman? I have super bat wings (lost 97 from top weight) and I do strength training 3 times a week (not recommended to do more than that) and I can grab a good two inches of loose skin/loose fat on the under side of my arms. (oh, and I'm also nearly 42 years old). Muscle takes up less space than fat, we all know that, so you will never 'fill the void' with muscle - at least most of us won't as I haven't seen too many muscle bound women around.

Fair enough. I guess I just got lucky. I had massive batwings before I started heavy lifting, that's all I know. I've got some pretty mean biceps for a girl. Instead of hanging down, my arms are defined upwards, if that makes sense. I'm only 28, so that probably makes a difference, I don't know.

berryblondeboys
11-16-2011, 07:39 PM
Fair enough. I guess I just got lucky. I had massive batwings before I started heavy lifting, that's all I know. I've got some pretty mean biceps for a girl. Instead of hanging down, my arms are defined upwards, if that makes sense. I'm only 28, so that probably makes a difference, I don't know.

You were young, had genetics on your side (do you get stretch marks easily or no?) and with time that loose skin tightens up - just not as fast as fat disappears.

The weight lifting gives shape to your arms and is good for your body, but getting rid of bat wings? Nope... just like doing a ton of crunches won't get rid of loose, hanging skin on the belly.

I'm noticing on my gut that while the skin still hangs, it's much less than it was and I figure that will continue for awhile.

ValRock
11-16-2011, 07:48 PM
You were young, had genetics on your side (do you get stretch marks easily or no?) and with time that loose skin tightens up - just not as fast as fat disappears.

The weight lifting gives shape to your arms and is good for your body, but getting rid of bat wings? Nope... just like doing a ton of crunches won't get rid of loose, hanging skin on the belly.

I'm noticing on my gut that while the skin still hangs, it's much less than it was and I figure that will continue for awhile.

I have massive stretch marks on my belly. Massive. They cracked and bled while I was pregnant. My skin sucks! Weird, phenomenon... they've actually migrated to my back. It's like the healthy skin took up the slack and shrunk down. I have them all the way around now. The human body is a weird amazing thing!

Pag0206
11-16-2011, 07:54 PM
I am in the over 40 catagory and my arms have hanging skin. Been workun out with weights.but a part of will never recover due to me being heavy all my life.

gagalu
11-16-2011, 08:15 PM
my arms are still awful. :/

berryblondeboys
11-16-2011, 08:21 PM
my arms are still awful. :/

I do a step class twice a week and I was in front of the mirrors today (not by choice) and I could do was focus in on the wobbling bat wings (and similar problem on my thighs - though WAY more noticeable on the arms). But I also know it bothers me, but others probably don't even notice.... I guess it's part of the life's battle scars. My body has a lot of them!

berryblondeboys
11-16-2011, 08:56 PM
I have massive stretch marks on my belly. Massive. They cracked and bled while I was pregnant. My skin sucks! Weird, phenomenon... they've actually migrated to my back. It's like the healthy skin took up the slack and shrunk down. I have them all the way around now. The human body is a weird amazing thing!

Huh, that's interesting. Are you sure you didn't have stretch marks in back too, but you just didn't notice them? (I have them all around too (and yes, those HORRRRRRIBLE stretch marks), but I knew I had them. I have them everywhere - back of knees, under arms, butt, thighs - inner and outer, breasts and worst of all, the tummy.... I think if I hear one more person spout off "use cream to avoid stretch marks" I'll scream! Like those of us with stretch marks didn't try that to avoid them? Duh! LOL

sontaikle
11-16-2011, 09:02 PM
Ugh. Stretch marks. I got them all over my back and stomach AND my arms. And I haven't had any kids! Ack!

I tell ya, the weight lifting really helped my arms but that alone didn't help get rid of the flab, dieting got rid of that and revealed the muscle I had been building.

Now to work on my stomach...

shishkeberry
11-16-2011, 09:02 PM
I have massive stretch marks on my belly. Massive. They cracked and bled while I was pregnant. My skin sucks! Weird, phenomenon... they've actually migrated to my back. It's like the healthy skin took up the slack and shrunk down. I have them all the way around now. The human body is a weird amazing thing!

Actually, you've given me some hope for my own arms. We're the same age and I've got some crazy bat wings right now. We had similar start weights, as well. I know mine says 289, but I was only at that weight for about 9 months from being pregnant with my daughter. I spent years in the mid 200's.

I have really bad stretch marks on my stomach as well. That's funny that they kind of moved around to your back. I didn't know they could do that.

amandie
11-16-2011, 09:44 PM
I have massive stretch marks on my belly. Massive. They cracked and bled while I was pregnant. My skin sucks! Weird, phenomenon... they've actually migrated to my back. It's like the healthy skin took up the slack and shrunk down. I have them all the way around now. The human body is a weird amazing thing!

Hmm, now that I think about it- that may be normal because I've noticed my scars and tattoos moved a bit to one side when I got up to 242 so I guess it'd be the same with stretch marks when you lose weight since they are basically scarred skin too?? LoL, now you're gonna have me pay attention to my stretch marks and see if they move as I lose.

amandie
11-16-2011, 09:55 PM
Ugh. Stretch marks. I got them all over my back and stomach AND my arms. And I haven't had any kids! Ack!

I tell ya, the weight lifting really helped my arms but that alone didn't help get rid of the flab, dieting got rid of that and revealed the muscle I had been building.

Now to work on my stomach...

I hear ya on all of 'em- no kids here (yet) either!

princessgina00
11-16-2011, 10:03 PM
I'm 29 and have lost over 100 pounds and my bat wings still persist. *Sigh* I guess time, genetics, and whatnot are not on my side. Moreso, I have a lot of definition in my arms, but like 4 inches of fat and skin hanging from them. I think after my weight loss journey is complete, I'm going to get liposuction on my arms and skin reduction on my breasts (although that's not relevant to this discussion). :p

chazma
11-17-2011, 08:41 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I do have faint mini stretch marks on my inner upper arms which i noticed the other day, so im not holding out much hope of them being as lean and shapely as id like.

I think that the transfiction on arms, for myself comes from the fact that ive been hiding my flesh away for years, and would like to be able to 'show something off' when i get to goal. As as ive always thought my legs were a lost cause, attention/fixation has gone on my arms (if that makes sense). I dont want to be still covering myself up because of paranoia about bat wings! Although since losing some, iv found that a lot is coming from my lower legs, and i now have *gasp* ankles! So maybe not so much of a lost cause as i thought.

I will definately carry on with my weights. Thanks again. :-)

runningfromfat
11-17-2011, 08:49 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I do have faint mini stretch marks on my inner upper arms which i noticed the other day, so im not holding out much hope of them being as lean and shapely as id like.

I think that the transfiction on arms, for myself comes from the fact that ive been hiding my flesh away for years, and would like to be able to 'show something off' when i get to goal. As as ive always thought my legs were a lost cause, attention/fixation has gone on my arms (if that makes sense). I dont want to be still covering myself up because of paranoia about bat wings! Although since losing some, iv found that a lot is coming from my lower legs, and i now have *gasp* ankles! So maybe not so much of a lost cause as i thought.

I will definately carry on with my weights. Thanks again. :-)

You know? Your body might surprise you. When I was younger I always hated my legs and thunder thighs. Between lifting and weight loss, they're now my best feature! :dizzy:

Another thing too... as your lose your body will change shape quite a bit so during different stages you might have different body parts that you want to emphasize compared to others. It's a weird thing.