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looking for thinner arms


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are there any exercises out there that will make my arms thinner? i don't know why but my arms seem so large compared to the rest of my body. i want them toned, yes, but does anyone know how i can lose inches as well?
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hi acarr,

actually weight loss doesn't work like this.  there's no way to "spot" lose.  otherwise women would NEVER lose weight in their bust and ALWAYS lose weight at the bust/thighs/waist.

your body chooses where it loses fat.  the only thing you can control is where you gain muscle.  this is why some apple-shaped women do a lot of work muscle building in their thighs and chest-- the waist appears smaller when the areas around it are bigger.

to make your arms look better, tone.  to make them smaller, lose weight.  i can't guarantee that you'll lose 100% or even 20% of that weight in your arms, but you'll lose SOME of it, anyway. 

best of luck!
You can't control where you lose fat, but you can control where you gain muscle. Workout your arms. Grab some weights and do some of these exercises...

Click Here for Arm Exercises

If you don't have weights at home, you should consider buying some, or, if you prefer, you could use milk jugs/gallons and just fill it with water. Some of these exercises are actually meant to be done at a gym with professional gym equipment, but the majority of them can easily be done at home with free weights.

Just be sure to keep adding more weight as you do these exercises. If you're super week, like me (lol), use 2lb weights the first week... then maybe up it to 4lb weights the next week, etc. Train your body to stand the weight and I guarantee you'll see results, if you do it consistently. Also, you must diet. Not necessarily "diet", but eat healthy. Lots of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, proteins (eggs and beans), whole wheat, etc.

Good luck and stay healthy!

Love and Alohas
Ihilani Kapuniai
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hey

i have exactly ur opposite problem.. i have very skinny arms..so im tryin to get them fatter..could u tell me what u eat so i can fatten my arms withouth fattenin my body..

my advice to u is drink green tea everyday for a long period of time and u ll get skinny arms..

but please could u help me and tell me the sort of food u eat..10x

I have the same problem.  I gain weight easily in my upper body and lose weight fast in my lower body.  The perks are that I have voluptuous boobs and a thin lower half.  Problems: flat butt, thick upper arms, wide shoulders, heavy back and a belly that won't go away!  I have back & posture problems due to being heavier on the top.  I also have a slow metabolism, which can lead to fatigue, thinning hair, dry skin and who knows what else... probably thyroid problems too.

Having fat in certain areas are genetic.  There's nothing that a person with skinny arms can eat to make their arms bigger.  Even if they do gain weight in their arms, it most likely will still look thinner than the rest of their body.

Although, I'm a great runner, it doesn't help me to lose weight on the top.  It just makes my calves bigger, which I hate!  And I've tried using machines to workout my upper body, but with lighter weights and faster, more repetitions.  So, that I don't bulk up.  But everyone says that's the wrong way to do it.  I think I need someone who use to be heavy on the top and then lost that weight on the top and has the same weight issues as me, to tell me what to do!  And I don't want someone who's not exactly in 100% top shape!  I also don't want someone who works out all day.  And I don't want someone who has a different body shape than me, telling me what to do!

Everybody, men and women, guys and girls, young and old, all have weight problems. 

I've told trainers that I want to concentrate on losing weight in my upper body, but my trainers at LA Fitness just failed at it.  I ate properly and almost exercised everyday.  But these low cost trainers did NOT help me at all!  It was both a pain, stressful and a BIG waste of money! 

I think the only thing I can do is try to tone everything.  I remember when I was younger I would workout alot using aerobics videos, and those worked the best!  I lost the most weight the fastest, doing aerobics videos that didn't make me bulk up, but increased my weight loss and made me move my body in different weighs.  I highly recommend aerobics videos from the 80s and early 90s.  The trick was that they were fast, but easy, and also helped you to tone.  They don't overwork you to the point where you're bulking up.

Now these days they concetrate on cardiovascular exercises.  Cardios have never worked for me.  They may keep my heart healthy, but they're still making my calves fat! 

Original Post by morganl1500:

Although, I'm a great runner, it doesn't help me to lose weight on the top. It just makes my calves bigger, which I hate! And I've tried using machines to workout my upper body, but with lighter weights and faster, more repetitions. So, that I don't bulk up. But everyone says that's the wrong way to do it. I think I need someone who use to be heavy on the top and then lost that weight on the top and has the same weight issues as me, to tell me what to do! And I don't want someone who's not exactly in 100% top shape! I also don't want someone who works out all day. And I don't want someone who has a different body shape than me, telling me what to do!

morgan  are you female? You can't bulk up your upper body unless you follow a very regimented weight routine and most likely without some sort of steroid use as well.


Also, you're very picky about who you get information from. Since I don't have a 100% perfect version of your body, I guess I can't help. I don't think anyone can if that's what you'd like. Videos from the 80s? Really?

Well, Spiro...she did mention having voluptuous boobs...so she's either a girl or a guy with breast implantsTongue out

Original Post by morganl1500:

I have the same problem. I gain weight easily in my upper body and lose weight fast in my lower body. The perks are that I have voluptuous boobs and a thin lower half. Problems: flat butt, thick upper arms, wide shoulders, heavy back and a belly that won't go away! I have back & posture problems due to being heavier on the top. I also have a slow metabolism, which can lead to fatigue, thinning hair, dry skin and who knows what else... probably thyroid problems too.

Having fat in certain areas are genetic. There's nothing that a person with skinny arms can eat to make their arms bigger. Even if they do gain weight in their arms, it most likely will still look thinner than the rest of their body.

Although, I'm a great runner, it doesn't help me to lose weight on the top. It just makes my calves bigger, which I hate! And I've tried using machines to workout my upper body, but with lighter weights and faster, more repetitions. So, that I don't bulk up. But everyone says that's the wrong way to do it. I think I need someone who use to be heavy on the top and then lost that weight on the top and has the same weight issues as me, to tell me what to do! And I don't want someone who's not exactly in 100% top shape! I also don't want someone who works out all day. And I don't want someone who has a different body shape than me, telling me what to do!

Everybody, men and women, guys and girls, young and old, all have weight problems.

I've told trainers that I want to concentrate on losing weight in my upper body, but my trainers at LA Fitness just failed at it. I ate properly and almost exercised everyday. But these low cost trainers did NOT help me at all! It was both a pain, stressful and a BIG waste of money!

I think the only thing I can do is try to tone everything. I remember when I was younger I would workout alot using aerobics videos, and those worked the best! I lost the most weight the fastest, doing aerobics videos that didn't make me bulk up, but increased my weight loss and made me move my body in different weighs. I highly recommend aerobics videos from the 80s and early 90s. The trick was that they were fast, but easy, and also helped you to tone. They don't overwork you to the point where you're bulking up.

Now these days they concetrate on cardiovascular exercises. Cardios have never worked for me. They may keep my heart healthy, but they're still making my calves fat!

Morgani, it sounds like we have a similar body type. I wear a size 4 jeans and I have a 34 DD bust. Sooooo, I can relate to your dilemma.  I have the same issues that you described, losing weight easily from my lower body...if it wasn't for my slightly thicker waist I would actually wear a size 2 on the bottom. Legs are skinny but will put on some muscle. Butt is fairly flat despite constant attempts to improve it. I have squatted, lunged and dead lifted myself to death and I am just never going to have a big nice round a$$.   Areas that I carry my weight are belly, upper back and back of the arms. Sucks doesn't it. 

Anyway, what works for me is eating a really clean diet and a combo of strength training and cardio.  You will still lose weight from your bottom first....genetically predetermined and nothing you can do about it.  BUT, here are some things that you can do to help. One, I don't know about you but I have awesome shoulders. I lift heavy weights to develop my delts (never do traps though)  because having nice shoulders makes my waist appear more narrow.  I don't overwork my abs cuz it just makes my waist look thicker.   I do work my biceps and triceps w/ heavy weights cuz underneath the fat is muscle and now that the fat is starting go away I am getting some nice definition.  I work my bottom half as heavy as I can stand and even still my legs and butt won't ever be huge but I am trying to make them look as muscular as they can be to help offset my larger upper body.

I won't lie, it can be a frustrating body type to have. That said, I get nothing but flattering comments about my long lean legs and big boobs.  Seems the only person who is bothered by my tummy and other upper body issues is me. Anyway, hope that helps.

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