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hey guys, i hope ur all fine :) i have a very big problem :( a few years ago i lost 35 pounds by dieting and doing exercise daily. even though my body got thinner, my arms couldnt lose fat. i have flabby fat arms, now am 136 pounds and 5.24 feet , my waist is thin but my arms are making me look fatter :( for a few weeks, am doing dumbbell exercises but am scared of having big  scary male muscles :(  can anyone gimme some advice about losing fat on my arms ? i will appreciate anythng u will say, thanks !!

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Assuming you are female and not taking steroids or male hormone supplements (testosterone) there is no way you would get "big scary male muscles" no matter how heavy your dumbbells are.

Here are two pictures to illustrate my point. Look at this picture of an Olympic female weight lifter and the heavy weight she is lifting, yet I see no scary huge muscles on her! She looks strong, and fit... and her arms are lovely.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m057e6NbcU1 r6hz0yo4_r1_500.jpg

and this one too...

http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img /2012/07/31/073112-OLY-Maiya-Maneza-PI-AA_201 2073113022459_660_320.JPG

Keep lifting your weights, as it gets easier for you, switch to even heavier ones and keep increasing the weight you lift as time goes on. 

More importantly, continue to eat healthily and at a calorie deficit, eventually the remaining fat on your arms will go.

Lose fat and gain muscle. Don't worry about big scary muscles, you'll never get them.

 

 

Hi I know exactly what you mean! I am an hourglass shape, and yoyo between being fit and flabby; however, no-matter how fit I am my arms are always flabby. I also have the propensity to gain muscle very quickly, so when I do arm exercises (especially with weights) I always gain muscle on my biceps and it puts me off doing any more, especially as I never loose that fat as quickly as I gain the muscle. Basically, I end up with great biceps and horrid bingo wings.

I spoke to a gym instructor about this and they advised the following (which I think might help you too): Do lots of exercises that are dance based (without weights) so that the arms become lean and lengthen the muscle. For example, hold arms at ballet pose (arms raised to chest level and bent, hands opposite chest and touching, and elbows level with shoulders) then stretch left arm out to left side (so the arm is straight) and then back to middle, then repeat with the right arm. This is really easy, but do lots of reps. You can mix it up to be more interesting, i.e. arms in start position, then lower them both (so that your hands are opposite you tummy) then bring back up etc. Make sure you keep your shoulders low and not hunched. 

Also, (for getting rid of bingo wings) hold hands clasped above your head, with elbows bent (so that your hands are almost touching your head), and slowly lower them in-front of you (as if you have a hammer and are hitting something at head hight in-front of you. You can do this with weights (I personally dont) but do may reps. 

Anyways, this has made a difference for me...so hope it helps. :) Good luck!

^^^ this makes me very sad. 

Nothing can make your muscles "longer" or "leaner".

OP, please ignore this malarky and listen to the others.  You will not get "big scary man muscles" overnight, or even over years without working *really* hard at it and probably using steroids. 

If it was easy to get them -- even for guys who have the hormones to do it don't you think a much larger number of guys would have them? 

I am 52 and had lost 55 lbs and had big fat flabby arms, then I started lifting weights after gaining a bunch of those 55 lbs back.  Now my arms have shape.  When looking at them "straight on" they are thinner.  When I flex them they are great.  I have definition from where the bicep meets the Tricep.

I still have the awful "bat wing" flap- but that is because I was fat and allowed my arms to get flabby When I lift heavy weights the flap isn't noticeable, but one can't go around flexing all day- the only way to get rid of this loose skin would be surgical intervention, which I will not do- so I learned to accept the fact that I have old lady flabby arms but for the most part when I am living my life I am proud to wear spaghetti straps, tank tops and anything else that shows off my awesome shoulders and arms- 6 years ago you would never catch me in something that didn't at least hit my elbow

Apologies. I didn't intend to make anyone sad etc!

All I meant was that some people (like myself) find it easy to gain muscle, and more tricky to loose fat. Doing lots of different exercises (inc dance type exercises) with many reps is what I was advised; rather than a few reps with heaver weights. I know some people who pound away at the weights and they don't gain muscle, others (such as myself, and possibly deryaeda) do gain muscle before loosing the fat, with the upshot of appearing bigger, before getting smaller. Each to their own, and trying new things might help.

Also, when I said about getting a leaner muscle, I didn't mean that one exercise will make you have longer arms etc, whereas others will give you huge bulges. Apologies. What I meant was that doing exercises that fully stretch and contract lots of muscles (such as dance type exercises) will help the arm over-all, and burn fat, whereas, when some people weight-lift they only concentrate on a particular area, and that gives a different appearance.

I wasn't at all being negative about weight-lifting, just suggesting a secondary (and possibly complementary) idea. And, that I understand the concern.

 

Sorry for my perceived negativity, and idiocy - wasn't what I meant. 

Original Post by aroberts1867:

All I meant was that some people (like myself) find it easy to gain muscle, and more tricky to loose fat. 

Gaining muscle is primarily about diet and testosterone. If you are controlling your diet, and you don't have a hormonal disorder, then you won't gain any significant amount of muscle. Females that worry about gaining muscle are wasting their time.

 

Original Post by solid555:

Original Post by aroberts1867:

All I meant was that some people (like myself) find it easy to gain muscle, and more tricky to loose fat. 

Gaining muscle is primarily about diet and testosterone. If you are controlling your diet, and you don't have a hormonal disorder, then you won't gain any significant amount of muscle. Females that worrying about gaining muscle are wasting their time.

I think very often, they are misinterpreting the "swell" after lifting (water weight) as muscle gain.

Original Post by solid555:

Original Post by aroberts1867:

All I meant was that some people (like myself) find it easy to gain muscle, and more tricky to loose fat. 

Gaining muscle is primarily about diet and testosterone. If you are controlling your diet, and you don't have a hormonal disorder, then you won't gain any significant amount of muscle. Females that worrying about gaining muscle are wasting their time.

 

Totally agree to the former, as everyone's chemistry and diet is different it helps to try different exercises that work for the individual. Much like food - tomatoes are healthy for you, however, some people are allergic - thus better they get the nutrients from something else, rather than continuing to try to eat them 'because they are healthy for you'. [I know that's a crazy example, but it's the same principle with exercise] Some men and women find it easy to gain muscle and others don't, likewise some find it easy to loose weight and others don't (for a variety of reasons). Plus, people have a different ideas of what type of body shape they are looking for, and varying goals, so trying new things and seeing what works is important. Variety is the spice of life. :)

This is a picture of my "flabby"arms from lifting heavy weights-  you will see my arm next to the guy with the red tickets in his white shirt pocket and between the skinny blonde with her arms up in the air.  As you can see I have some good definition despite the flabbier triceps but like I said this is mostly loose skin vs real flab.

I lift as heavy as I can and do full body weight lifting routines.

If I had lifted the first time I lost weight maybe I wouldn't be so flabby don't know. But right now my arms are a definite improvement and it is because of challenging them with heavy weights and lifting with a calorie deficit to lose fat, but even in recent months I haven't ate much at a deficit  also my circumffrence hasn't changed in years, just the appears has greatly improved.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by solid555:

Original Post by aroberts1867:

All I meant was that some people (like myself) find it easy to gain muscle, and more tricky to loose fat. 

Gaining muscle is primarily about diet and testosterone. If you are controlling your diet, and you don't have a hormonal disorder, then you won't gain any significant amount of muscle. Females that worrying about gaining muscle are wasting their time.

I think very often, they are misinterpreting the "swell" after lifting (water weight) as muscle gain.

This.  I'm a strong girl.  I've been lifting heavy things for months and my arms (along with the rest of me) have gotten smaller and better defined.  If you don't eat too much, you don't get big.  Look at female athletes.  They are stronger than you, lifting heavier than you are, and their arms are small.  Lifting heavy doesn't give women huge arms w/o huge diets and drugs.  

I am in reasonably good shape...tall and not overweight.The only part of my body I hate are the huge bat wings on each arm. My physiotherapist said there was absolutely no way to get rid of them, but I could build up the muscles in my arm doing exercises. So, now I have some muscle tone but still have the bat wings. Have decided just to wear sleeves that cover, or partially cover these, and not worry about them.

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May i ask how did you lose the 55 lb? and how long it took? where you on the cariore count diet? what did you avoid.

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Assuming you are female, you need not worry about building too much muscle.  The strength training will help a great deal to tone and firm your arms.

For people like myself who have lost hundreds of pounds it's a different story. No amount of exercise will get rid of all the excess flab.  Dealing with this issue requires surgery.

There was an excellent video from Calorie Count that was sent maybe two weeks ago.  It was a ten minute workout just for arms.   It is great.  I don't know how to send it to you, but if you go to You Tube and got to KimFitness you can see it.  I am doing it, but it is hard.  You have to start slow, but she is great!

If you use lighter weights with a lot of reps you will not get the bulk muscle you are afraid of.  

Also work both the bicep muscle and the tricep muscle.  You have to work opposing muscles to have the lean look.

Original Post by sheiladc59:

If you use lighter weights with a lot of reps you will not get the bulk muscle you are afraid of.  

Also work both the bicep muscle and the tricep muscle.  You have to work opposing muscles to have the lean look.

Poppycock.  Lifting heavy weights will not make you bulky.  It will make you strong and burn more fat than lifting light weights.  She's not bulky, and she won an Olympic gold in Sydney.

Light weights is a myth perpetuated by fitness magazines.  Don't buy into it.  Follow science and experts and reap the benefits.

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Hi! Click on this link http://www.keepitmovingfitness.com/shape-tone -your-arms-with-no-weight-no-pushups/

It's a great workout for your arms without having to use weights. It burns =) But that just means its working =)

Don't know why my attempt at sending a message turned into a post.

Original Post by sheiladc59:

If you use lighter weights with a lot of reps you will not get the bulk muscle you are afraid of.  

Also work both the bicep muscle and the tricep muscle.  You have to work opposing muscles to have the lean look.

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 Quote  |   Reply Hi! Click on this link http://www.keepitmovingfitness.com/shape-tone -your-arms-with-no-weight-no-pushups/ 

It's a great workout for your arms without having to use weights. It burns =) But that just means its working =)

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