Weight Loss Support - How on earth do you lose weight in your arms?




mimsyborogoves
05-01-2012, 11:47 PM
While out shopping today, I noticed a dilemma when trying on tops: my torso fits in smaller sizes. My arms do not, depending on the top. I really can't wear anything with any kind of fitted sleeve because while it might fit my body, it doesn't fit my arms. I'm constantly having to buy shirts in a size too big so they'll fit my arms.

Is there any way to make the fat in my arms disappear faster? I mean I can weight lift out the wazoo but I feel like that's not really gonna do anything but build muscle and not make the fat go away any faster. I know you can't target it, but I mean how stupid am I gonna look with a small body and big, fat, flabby arms? I don't wanna look disproportionate, and I feel like I do. =/


freelancemomma
05-01-2012, 11:52 PM
If your arms are one of your "trouble spots," you may need to get closer to your goal weight before you start losing a significant amount of weight there. That's what happened to me with hips and thighs: it's only when I lost the last 15 pounds or so that the weight came off significantly in that area.

F.

valalltogether
05-01-2012, 11:54 PM
i dunno, i guess its a combo of building muscle in the arms and losing fat through diet?? i have the same dilemma though.. i really dislike my arms so you will always see me wearing 1/2 or 3/4 sleeve shirts or a cover up. i can't wait to pick up a top and not examine what the sleeves look like. ugh..


pixelllate
05-02-2012, 01:27 AM
For me its my thighs. But the weight will go away there. Your arms will get smaller, at worst they might look bigger in proportion to the rest of you, but they will go down in size, kind of like how some people are thin up top and bottom heavy. I'm just eating at a cal deficit and simply waiting. Weight training too, but thats just to shape (for me anyways).
If it makes you feel less alone, I lose weight in my sternum/chest bone the fastest, so even if I'm overweight I look super skinny right above my bewbs and not much change anywhere else.

JohnP
05-02-2012, 01:34 AM
The good rule of thumb is that your problem areas will always be your problem areas because your body prefers to store fat there and prefers not to burn fat from there.

Nothing you can do will help your arms except to keep losing fat and eventually your arms will shrink.

Pepino
05-02-2012, 02:11 AM
Don't be afraid to lift weights! Yes, it will build the muscle but it is very hard for women to add bulky muscle to their upper body and the benefits will outweigh (pun not-intended) any miniscule increase in arm size. Muscles help you to burn calories even when you're not working out.

Yeah, it sucks how our body get to choose where they burn the fat first (usually genetically determined). My body doesn't listen when I tell it to move the fat from my love handles to my chest LOL

bronzeager
05-02-2012, 02:17 AM
It was like this for me and at a certain point it just ... happened. Not even when I was losing mostly (between about 23 and 22 1/2 BMI technically I think) but even months and months into maintenance when I had resigned myself to what I had left there was still redistribution. It may happen for you at a different point or in a different order.

(The next thing now is that I have KNEES! I just noticed, like, last week blow-drying my hair. Like, JENNIFER ANISTON KNEES. Well, almost. Weight loss is so weird.)

I was worried about arm flaps even when they were big -- I'm 43 and as a teacher I do a lot of writing on a chalkboard and waving my arms around which makes me self conscious about them. So I had a regular pushups and triceps dips program which helped make them more firm, especially in the back. If you want to try that it would give you something to do while you're on the way. Don't worry if you can't do very many at first, even just girl-knee pushups. Just do them in good form, every day, very consistently, you can split them into a couple times a day even. When I do them every day that's when I make progress on them.

mimsyborogoves
05-02-2012, 02:36 AM
Thanks you guys, but sadly I don't really feel any better cause sounds like I'm always going to have stupid, fat arms and I'm never going to look right unless I get super skinny. *sigh*

LandonsBaby
05-02-2012, 03:45 AM
My arms will always be fat. They were bigger when I was thin too and that isn't going to change. My Grandmother has big arms, my mom, my aunt, my cousins. I've actually considered surgery but I don't think I could go through with it. You still have quite ways to go until your goal so it may all even out in the end. I wouldn't be worried about it. Frustrating though, I know.

ValRock
05-02-2012, 03:50 AM
Weight train!!!! I'm just going to start answering every question with this, on the forum :).

But seriously. You can't spot reduce... but muscle makes everything look better and more compact :).

I used to have huge arms. They're pretty proportional now. Hang in there!! As you lose bodyfat, they'll shrink!

Aunrio
05-02-2012, 04:01 AM
I Third the weights. I was terrified I would have flaps/ wings when the weight came off. I probably now have the second nicest pair of arms at my office. It took a few months and slightly heavier weight than I see my women friends typically pick up but no flaps or crazy masculinized arms.

lilywinsit
05-02-2012, 04:14 AM
Working on the "wings" using weights, not much improvement yet, going to takes several more months I think.

JohnP
05-02-2012, 05:05 AM
Thanks you guys, but sadly I don't really feel any better cause sounds like I'm always going to have stupid, fat arms and I'm never going to look right unless I get super skinny. *sigh*

No ... but you are never going to have super skinny arms unless you get super skinny.

There is a big difference between what I said and you said.

debigulating
05-02-2012, 09:35 AM
I don't know if your rule holds universally true, John (not criticising, just offering some hope to OP). My problem area is my stomach, that is where my body always prefers to store fat. It is also the first place I lose from (the only place I have so far lost inches). I have no idea how it will go from here, but I don't think it's entirely true that your body will wait until you're nearly at goal to lose your arm weight.

sontaikle
05-02-2012, 09:44 AM
Lol ValRock, you always beat me to it.

Weight train. It'll help those "problem areas"

My arms were always HUGE. Now they are tiny and have muscle, but honestly it wasn't until I got into the 120s that they went down in size. But because of all the weight training I did it was like the fat peeled away and left the muscle I worked hard to keep :)

shapedself
05-02-2012, 10:38 AM
The good rule of thumb is that your problem areas will always be your problem areas because your body prefers to store fat there and prefers not to burn fat from there.

Nothing you can do will help your arms except to keep losing fat and eventually your arms will shrink.

This. Everyone's got problem spots. It's just like any other ones, you can't spot reduce it.

thistoo
05-02-2012, 11:13 AM
I have huge arms. HUGE. I'm short and carry a lot of extra weight, so I guess it needs somewhere to go? My arms and calves are noticeably, abnormally large. I am super self-conscious about them, though I don't even bother covering them up anymore because seriously, I live in the south and it's HOT and who cares. (Answer: Me, but no one else.)

Anyway, my point is that before I regained a bunch of weight, my arms had gotten a lot smaller, so there is hope. You will probably still carry weight there until you get close to goal, but they'll get smaller as you go along. Weight training helps by making everything more compact, but some fat will go away too. It won't *seem* like it, I know, but other people will notice, and clothes will start to fit better.

I've been there, and I know how frustrating it is, but I swear it gets better sooner than you think it will.

JossFit
05-02-2012, 11:15 AM
While out shopping today, I noticed a dilemma when trying on tops: my torso fits in smaller sizes. My arms do not, depending on the top. I really can't wear anything with any kind of fitted sleeve because while it might fit my body, it doesn't fit my arms. I'm constantly having to buy shirts in a size too big so they'll fit my arms.

Is there any way to make the fat in my arms disappear faster? I mean I can weight lift out the wazoo but I feel like that's not really gonna do anything but build muscle and not make the fat go away any faster. I know you can't target it, but I mean how stupid am I gonna look with a small body and big, fat, flabby arms? I don't wanna look disproportionate, and I feel like I do. =/

You cannot spot reduce - You have to lose fat all over, and unfortunately your body will decide where it pulls that fat from.

LockItUp
05-02-2012, 11:30 AM
Chances are, the more you lose, your arms will start losing fat as well. Maybe not at the rate you would like, and obviously you can't spot reduce, but weight training (not just arms of course), cardio, and above all diet, will get you to your goals. You arms may be your "problem" area, but I'd bet they will get smaller as you lose weight.

K9Owner
05-02-2012, 11:45 AM
Batwings....Leave Me!!! :lol:

Vex
05-02-2012, 11:53 AM
Have you been taking measurements of your arms?

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JohnP
05-02-2012, 02:38 PM
I don't know if your rule holds universally true, John (not criticising, just offering some hope to OP). My problem area is my stomach, that is where my body always prefers to store fat. It is also the first place I lose from (the only place I have so far lost inches). I have no idea how it will go from here, but I don't think it's entirely true that your body will wait until you're nearly at goal to lose your arm weight.

I don't take anything as criticism. We're all hear to learn and support each other.

Having said that I strongly suspect that what has happened in your case is completely unrelated to the OP or most women. I would assume that what caused your stomach to lose weight first is the loss of visceral fat. This is the fat that is most dangerous and surounds your internal organs. More common in men it also appears in women and is usually the first fat to go because it is so metabolically active and has so much blood flow. You consider your stomach a problem area but it in fact might just be that you're more prone to gain visceral fat compared to most women, thus you might find soon that your stomach isn't a problem at all in the way that I would define a problem area. Subcuteous fat is what the OP is dealing with.

You arms may be your "problem" area, but I'd bet they will get smaller as you lose weight.

Exactly. It's not as if the OPs arms are going to stay the same size - they will shrink just not as fast as she wants.

586
05-02-2012, 06:52 PM
Just want to echo what everyone else is saying re: lose weight all over, can't spot reduce, start weight training.

At my high weight, my upper arms were 18-19 inches around and fat. As my weight decreased through diet and walking, my arms eventually got to where they are now, which is 10.5-11 inches around and not flabby. I can weight train further and get them more compact, but it took losing 100+lbs for me to see such a difference in my arms.

You may see different results during your journey. I kept a pretty good log of my measurements throughout my weightloss and they are on my 3FC blog under 'Statistics'.

mimsyborogoves
05-02-2012, 07:41 PM
I do take measurements; thus far I've only lost an inch or two in both of my arms. So I guess they will get smaller, I just feel like they're the most noticeable part on me because the rest of me is easily covered by clothes. It's kinda hard to cover up your arms unless you want to die of heat stroke in the summer.

I just have a horrible way of looking at myself; it's like I can't even see my good features because my arms are in the way. All I see is big, nasty, cottage-cheese looking flab on my arms (it looks like that on the underside) and I feel that's what everyone else sees when they look, at me, too. I mean they're kinda hard to miss!

I realize that they won't be near as bad as I lose more weight; I don't even necessarily want them to be perfect. I just want them to look like normal arms and to have normal elbows and be able to wear more kinds of shirts and not be so damn self conscious.

ValRock
05-02-2012, 07:46 PM
You'll get there!! Just keep on truckin'!

LockItUp
05-02-2012, 08:04 PM
I do take measurements; thus far I've only lost an inch or two in both of my arms.

Girl that's a lot! You are doing great!!!

All I see is big, nasty, cottage-cheese looking flab on my arms (it looks like that on the underside) and I feel that's what everyone else sees when they look, at me, too. I mean they're kinda hard to miss!

I love this quote “You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do." -Eleanore Roosevelt

I tell myself this a lot when I go to the gym and am self conscious.

Natasha22
05-02-2012, 09:32 PM
I agree, weight train! You may lose slower on your arms, but like you said, you are losing! I believe than as you get closer to you goal weight and if you stick to your workouts, your body will look more proportionate. My arms are a bit "chubby" as well and they were never slim, not even when I was thin. My shoulders are also kind of round and you can't see the bones if that makes sense. But you know what? Men find that appealing, so rock an off the shoulder shirt while covering your arms, until you get in shape.

luckystreak
05-02-2012, 10:09 PM
i dunno, i guess its a combo of building muscle in the arms and losing fat through diet?? i have the same dilemma though.. i really dislike my arms so you will always see me wearing 1/2 or 3/4 sleeve shirts or a cover up. i can't wait to pick up a top and not examine what the sleeves look like. ugh..

Good to know! I took body measurements and my friend who is a size smaller thab me has the exact same measurements as me except my stinking love handles which are enormous! If i could shrink those Id just be so happy but theyre so stubborn!

pixelllate
05-02-2012, 10:45 PM
I try to think about it this way - I don't have "perfect" proportions, but thinner and more lean? Thats WAY better than where I was before. I just try to compare myself to my past self-and its def an improvement.
If I really hated something, and I had the $, I would consider getting something done, but if I dislike something and I can live with it not being perfect, then I just try to workout and improve what I can and bear with what I can't.

WildThings
05-02-2012, 10:55 PM
I don't have huge arms (at least not compared to the excess weight I carry through my butt and hips :o) but I have this pocket of fat on the underside of both of my elbows that drives me crazy. It never seemed to change...that was until the last 10lbs or so that I've lost. It's like all the sudden they decided to get in the game and are starting to shrink :)

Just give it time, you're doing great so far.

Jonsgurl0531
05-02-2012, 11:26 PM
I still have HUGE arms and have done everything I possibly can (minus surgery lol) for them to get smaller.
I can fit into a small/medium shirt but if the arm holes are too small then too bad for me. I have huge problems with coats and cotton long sleeve shirts that have little stretch. Any type of button down shirt just doesn't fit right in the arms unless I go a size or 2 larger... then sadly it is too large everywhere else.

I'm actually going to lower my goal weight about 10-15 pounds and see if that helps.. I mean I still have that fat flap right above the elbow..

Not to be a downer or anything...just saying I feel your pain as well!