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GraceAlone
01-05-2013, 03:18 PM
I am discouraged about by not fitting into the same size clothing as others who weigh the same as I do and are the same height. I tend to carry my weight in my thighs and butt which means I have to have a bigger size even though my waist is a size smaller.

Does anyone else have this happen to them? I am on my way to my goal weight of 130. I have weighed that once before and was close to a size 8. Does anyone know of anyway I can lose weight in those specific areas?

Thanks ahead of time for any advice!


baker23
01-05-2013, 03:35 PM
You can't spot reduce your weight. Everyones body is different and we hold onto fat in different area...Like you, I have large thighs, but my stomache is flat(under my loose skin)....and it just enhances your figure...gives you more curves which are awesome...

Don't worry about being the same size as someone else with your stats...its your body...not theirs...

merilung
01-05-2013, 03:38 PM
I have the same thing happen to me, but I have the opposite shape - I put on all my weight (ALL OF IT) in my middle. By the time I find pants that fit my waist, they're literally 2-3+ sizes too big on my hips and thighs. Needless to say, I wear a lot of empire waist dresses.


vabs
01-05-2013, 04:41 PM
GraceAlone, it's the same for me. I'm very pear shaped! And it's true you can't spot reduce (unless you have liposuction, of course).

My plan is to build up my chest, back, shoulders and arms with weights so when I've lost enough fat on my lower half, I don't look scrawny up top.

Also, you can be smaller (all over your whole body) at 130 than you were before. If you have a higher lean body mass % and lower body fat % than you did last time at 130, you will probably be a size 8 or smaller.

GraceAlone
01-05-2013, 05:41 PM
Ok, that leads me to another question. If I can't spot reduce, how do I overall increase muscle mass and decrease fat. When I was around 130 before (after having three kids, then I had two more, so I am where I am at now) I knew I needed to reduce my fat percentage. I do more strength training now and more intense cardio (running elliptical) than I did when I lost before. Is that all I can do to increase muscle mass?

LockItUp
01-05-2013, 06:13 PM
Yep, weight training (lift heavy) and get your protein in!

vabs
01-05-2013, 06:23 PM
The number one thing you can do is lift heavy. That goes a long way to preserving the muscle mass you have right now while you're losing fat. Getting adequate protein and not going too low in calories is another biggie.
It's hard to build up muscle mass while on a calorie deficit, but not impossible. Especially if you weren't lifting the last time you lost the weight, you are much more likely now to be able to gain muscle (the so called "newbie gains").

I learned a lot about lifting heavier from http://www.stumptuous.com which also has some full workout routines, too.

Right now I follow a "5/3/1" routine, which is 5 reps and 3 sets of some very basic lifts, with about 90% of the 1 rep maximum weight I can lift. Sounds overly complicated, but it's actually very quick and simple to do!

TPA sun
01-05-2013, 06:45 PM
As far as getting clothes to fit, tailoring will work wonders!

ALWAYS buy items that fit you well at your widest (in your case hip and thigh) and most of the time a decent tailor can do some quick and easy nips and tucks to get them to fit at the waist.

Getting clothes custom fit to your body can make you look even more amazing! And it will show off how small your waist is, those curves are sexy! Rock em!

GraceAlone
01-06-2013, 07:52 AM
VABS: How do you determine the 90% of what you can lift? I am so afraid I will hurt myself!!

Thanks for the encouragement ladies! I am getting more comfy with my body, but it sure takes time when you've viewed yourself as ugly for so long.

np1230
01-06-2013, 09:08 AM
I have the same problem, I have friends who wear the same size as I do but they are heavier and it is because my weight all goes to my hips and butt. On the other side once the weight is off and the body is toned hourglass bodies look amazing in fitted clothes

vabs
01-06-2013, 02:46 PM
Don't be scared! There's an easy way to figure out your 1 rep max.

The key is you want to lift the heaviest weight you can, while still maintaining PERFECT form for that exercise.
A helpful way to figure this out is by watching a video of the lift in question.

If it's so heavy that you're wobbling around, arching your back, having to add a little bounce to get the weight all the way up, etc, then that's MORE than your 1 rep max.

But it does need to be heavy enough that you really can't lift it again perfectly right away. You would need a pretty long break before you could lift it correctly again.

Once you've figure that out, then it's just the weight x .9 = your 90%

Your 1 rep max is going to change a lot over time, and it can even change workout to workout. So don't worry about it being an absolute perfect number. And not everybody has access to very small increments of weights, so you have to work with what you've got.
Just use your 90% until the lifts seems to have gotten easy, then it's time to measure that 1 rep max again.
Really this is all about finding a light enough weight so that you won't hurt yourself, but heavy enough to get the optimal growth from your muscles.

GraceAlone
01-06-2013, 04:18 PM
Thank you! I am looking forward to trying this the next time I am at the gym. My hubby and I go twice a week (I exercise the rest of the time at home) to lift weights at the local Y.

GardenBurglar
01-06-2013, 06:22 PM
Fun fact about me:
I was the same weight for three months, yet during that time I went from a size 10 to a size 6. I've only lost 11 pounds since August, but I feel and look like a whole different person.

Everyone is different. Your own body is changing all the time. Sizes really don't mean much. Neither does weight. Try to focus on how you feel and how you are becoming a better version of yourself over time. And don't compare yourself to others!!! It just created stress and insecurities you don't need.

krampus
01-06-2013, 07:23 PM
I'm like you - I have a very small bone structure and collect in my thighs and legs. A lot of women my height look nice and proportional at 150-160 pounds, but when I was that heavy I looked sloppy and fat and had more than one chin.

I've been my weight before, but my waist is 2 inches smaller than then, now that I've been lifting a few times a week for almost a year. Running and lifting has whittled down my thighs quite a bit and made them shapely and muscular instead of like melted candles.

Hate to sound like a cliche but weight training is like magic - my favorite part is that you get to eat a lot more too!

susiefleshner
01-06-2013, 07:54 PM
I have the opposite problem... ..big belly ans small thighs. It's very frustrating to say the least. Hopefully in the end it all evens out.

Fluffypuppy
01-06-2013, 08:27 PM
I have the same thing happen to me, but I have the opposite shape - I put on all my weight (ALL OF IT) in my middle. By the time I find pants that fit my waist, they're literally 2-3+ sizes too big on my hips and thighs.

Me too! All my pants fall down. I can take them off without undoing them cuz my waist is bigger than my hips. I guess I could wear suspenders like a male senior citizen but I don't think that would be very cute.

Good luck with the weight training!

mandypandy2246
01-06-2013, 08:28 PM
Silver lining - Pear Shape is much healthier!!!

Another silver lining - I think between an apple and a pear I'd rather be a pear from aesthetic standpoint. "Of course, I'm an apple and maybe the "grass is always greener" ... but small waists and big booties/thighs are much more fashionable than chicken legs and huge bellies! :)

But I definitely agree - weight training! And continued weight loss.

mandypandy2246
01-06-2013, 08:33 PM
Hey - those with the apple who have pants that are too big on the hips and thighs - check out Lane Bryant Right Fit "Yellow". They fit me like a glove. They are pants that fit around my waist but also make my legs/butt look cute by not being too baggy. Interestingly, I tend to have to buy them one size up from my normal pant size but its so worth not being bothered by that because they look and feel so good.

merilung
01-13-2013, 11:14 PM
Me too! All my pants fall down. I can take them off without undoing them cuz my waist is bigger than my hips. I guess I could wear suspenders like a male senior citizen but I don't think that would be very cute.

Good luck with the weight training!

HA! I can do this too - it's actually sort of an advantage for ultra quick bathroom trips while I'm working at a birth or nannying for small kiddos. My hipster-chic husband wears suspenders all the time, but I think I'm gonna have to pass on that fashion statement ;)

PinkWaterfall
01-13-2013, 11:24 PM
I have the same problem!
I have never ever had small thighs... my top is always a size smaller than my trousers... and any weight I put on seems to go to my thighs (but doesn't seem to shift from there).
I have horrible wobbly bits on the outside of my thighs which go away when I run regularly for a few weeks... but I haven't run now its winter and they are back!

sontaikle
01-13-2013, 11:38 PM
I actually started having this problem when I got into the very small sizes. It seems that it is assumed that size 0/2 women have very thin thighs—there is simply little allowance in the thigh area for the muscle I've built!

I've heard in the women's weight training circles that skinny jeans aren't meant for us...but whatever I wear them anyway. :lol:

shcirerf
01-13-2013, 11:58 PM
If you don't or can't sew, find a friend who can, or a good tailor, or buy a good sewing machine and learn to sew!

Clothes are made to sell to the masses, if you are not one of those, like myself, sewing or good tailor are your besties!

Hotaruchan
01-14-2013, 06:56 AM
I'm the weirdest shape ever...I carry most of my weight in my stomach, but have no butt or hips to speak of...then OH HEY, MASSIVE THUNDER THIGHS...followed by normal, even shapely, calves. As a result I generally have to wear either looser-fitting styles for pants (hard to find in Japan, particularly at the length I need) or get the wrong waist size to accommodate my stupidly big thighs. I have to wear a belt and have butt sag now with 67 cm waist pants, but they hug my thighs like they're bestest buddies, so I don't dare go smaller...

Misti in Seattle
01-14-2013, 07:02 AM
I have the same thing happen to me, but I have the opposite shape - I put on all my weight (ALL OF IT) in my middle. By the time I find pants that fit my waist, they're literally 2-3+ sizes too big on my hips and thighs. Needless to say, I wear a lot of empire waist dresses.

Same here! I have a really hard time finding pants that do not have "elephant legs" on me. Finally (yay) found some nice ones at Lane Bryant... LOL they are supposed to be leggings/jeggings but on me they fit more like regular dress pants.

But I notice on this forum a LOT when people post their sizes that they vary widely when they are my same weight and height. We are all built differently.

April Snow
01-14-2013, 10:28 AM
As far as getting clothes to fit, tailoring will work wonders!

ALWAYS buy items that fit you well at your widest (in your case hip and thigh) and most of the time a decent tailor can do some quick and easy nips and tucks to get them to fit at the waist.

Getting clothes custom fit to your body can make you look even more amazing! And it will show off how small your waist is, those curves are sexy! Rock em!

Yep. We are all different shapes and sizes even as compared to women at the same weight.

And from my perspective as an apple shape, you are lucky because it's relatively easy to tailor pants to make the waist smaller. To make pants smaller through the butt and thighs, they basically have to take them apart, re-cut them and re-make them, which means that tailoring costs as much as buying the item in the first place, sometimes more.

You can also try different brands to find the ones that are cut most like your body - some brands offer different cuts to fit curvy women, so they start off a little bigger in the hips and smaller in the waist.

luckystreak
01-14-2013, 11:27 PM
Some girls my size fit size 4, and I'm size 8.

You have to keep in mind body composition too, they can be all muscle and you can be all fat and vice versa.

But yeah, I seem to be blessed and cursed with the curvy thighs and wide hips. I love it most of the time cos it gives me a very feminine shape, but sometimes I envy the girls with legs made of steel.

Magrat
01-15-2013, 08:54 AM
I actually started having this problem when I got into the very small sizes. It seems that it is assumed that size 0/2 women have very thin thighs—there is simply little allowance in the thigh area for the muscle I've built!:

There are brands of jeans I can't wear because the thighs are too narrow relative to the waist and hips. I have a small waist and narrow hips but big thighs. My thighs are where I carry the weight I'm still trying to lose.

Angihas2
01-15-2013, 09:53 AM
I'm in the chicken legs and big ole belly camp! I shop in the jr dept. the legs, hips and butt are cut slimmer, and the waist sits lower than womens/misses/plus pants. The only time Lane Bryant ever looked good on my was sadly, when I was pregnant. Mens jeans are also a good way to go, especially in the straight leg or boot cut, especially if most of your length is in legs, like mine is. When I'm smaller, I look like a teenage boy from behind and it makes me very, very sad. Especially since hubs is definitely a booty man!

GraceAlone
01-15-2013, 10:17 AM
I have discovered LEE Relaxed Fit Jeans! They were made for Pears!! I just tried on a size 8. It fit as snug as some of the size 10 jeans I have now!!

Radiojane
01-15-2013, 10:34 AM
I'd like to suggest swimming as a helpful exercise. It was the only exercise I was doing at the beginning of my journey, and the first thing to improve was my hips and thighs. Use the water for resistance by running sprints in the shallow end, do kicks and lunges along with regular laps.

pinkalarmclock
01-15-2013, 12:24 PM
I'm always going to have me some thighs but they really trimmed down when I was distance running before. I did months of elliptical/bike and it didn't really change my thighs. This time around I'm doing a lot more different exercises (especially ones that target the legs/butt) and going more for speed running than distance but it's till a little too soon for me to tell, compared to last time, how it's working the thighs.

I'm never really bothered by what size I am BUT i like shorts and I have to work my thighs if I can wear them or else they get ate, and are just uncomfortable. Last time I lost, shorts were still uncomfortable at 150 but after regular long running (no weight loss, stayed at 150) shorts fit just fine. :)