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Bulging veins in my hands due to weight lifting!!


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Hello

I am 24 and weigh about 110 pounds, standing 5'2". I recently went through a period of time (just a month really) where I really worked hard exercising-- cardio followed by weight lifting.... but stopped since a month ago. I've noticed in the past few weeks that the skin on my hands have become very thin or the veins underneath are suddenly a lot more protrusive.

Could this be a side effect of all the weight lifting I'd been doing?! I wasn't doing an excessive amount (something like 3-4 days in a row each week for 3 weeks) and it was just moderate weight lifting using both free weights and machines. Another possibility is that I've just lost some overall body fat which has lead to my "angelina jolie hands" look (look it up you'll see what I mean!). If I gained some more weight perhaps that would help? I've worked so hard to lose this weight and I've still got a flabby belly I'd like to address.

Does anyone else have problems with veins? 

I wish I could show you guys some pictures.... you'd see what I mean.

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Low body fat = visible veins.

Higher body fat = less visible veins

If you don't want to see veins gain weight.

 

But my belly still has considerable fat on it. How can I ask myself to gain weight when I haven't dealt with the root reason of all this dieting?

5'2" 110 pounds and "considerable" fat on your belly? Really?

 

Do the veins ever decrease in size during the day?

Heat and physical activity cause veins to buldge out of your hands. It's normal.

I think you are overreacting. You probably look fine, you're just too hard on yourself.

Original Post by queenofcouture:

But my belly still has considerable fat on it. How can I ask myself to gain weight when I haven't dealt with the root reason of all this dieting?

 You neither lose nor gain weight evenly across your body.  At least most people don't.  Some people lose it in their face then boobs then finally their rear end.  Some lose it in their arms first. 

There's no way to control where the fat will come from or go to.

I have exactly the same problem but unfortunately I can't offer any advice. They were my worst when i was at 12% body fat at around 108lbs also 5'2.

You might have found that you dropped significant body fat doing your routine of weights/cardio causing the veins to be more prominent.

Suppose its a case of balance out what's most important to you in relation to your body/fitness goals!

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I think it is a sign of fitness, it shouldn't be concerning.
Genetics play a role as well as hydration and the temperature.

I like veins and think they look nice, many people find it attractive, I don't think it is a bad thing.

I like my bulging veins. :{ My hands look strong and hardworking!

@solid555: agreed.

Original Post by queenofcouture:

But my belly still has considerable fat on it. How can I ask myself to gain weight when I haven't dealt with the root reason of all this dieting?

Then deal with the having the veins.  There is no other option.

If I hold my hands over my head, then gravity seems to affect the blood in them and my veins don't show...as much. You could hold your hands like that and the veins will be much less visible.

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