Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Arm fat

I've been looking at recent pictures of myself and for the first time (in a long while) I actually don't feel cropping myself out of every picture.  My boobs are finally sticking out further than my fat roll, I don't look like I'm 9 months pregnant,  my cheek bones are making an appearance, no longer can I be mistaken for Chewbacca, and my butt isn't a mile wide.  After focusing on all the good things that have changed there is one thing that always draws my eyes.  My arms. 

For those people who have had weight issues or have been obese you know what I'm talking about.  The dreaded arm fat or bat wing that hangs below your tricep.  That flabby / fatty part of your arm that seems to never go away no matter what you do. 

Only one word:  DAYUM!

I've done several Internet searches on "how to get rid of arm fat" and not surprising received several different opinions. 
1.  Using weights to specify a muscle group will allow you to tone and define flabby arms.
2.  Using cardio will eliminate fat, but you will lose it all over.  Not in a specified part of your body.
3.  After losing weight you will have hanging skin which may or may not shrink with time.
4.  It's not possible.  Deal with your bat wings and move on.

So my question is:  What have you done to help with flabby arms?  Am I being unrealistic to think that I can get rid of this nasty fat?  Has anything worked for you?  Provide videos if possible or link a website that has helped!

I'll leave you with one last picture.  This one flaw is what peeves me the most. 

This little beauty is on my left bicep.  Kinda looks like a butt.


Mrs. D said...

Can I LIKE this post???

I have the same fear.. the insanely saggy skin left behind when the fat is gone. My mother had it when she lost weight, but she was also morbidly obese for almost my entire life. Her skin was stretched out for so long that it may never go back.

I've read that some people are just screwed no matter what, but that age (younger skin is more likely to shrink back?) and time spent obese have a lot to do with it. Common sense tells me that using weights won't hurt. Even if it just makes my arms less flabby, it's still an improvement. I'll take what I can get, you know?!

My advice- don't slack off on the weights. I've recently started using them because I'm intimidated by anything other than my dumbbells at home. BUT I don't want bat wings, so...

I may start taking progress pics of my arms, just so you and I can see whether it helps or not! ;)

Also, even if we still have bat wings, there will be enough muscle underneath to deter any comments :D

Mer and Mo said...

I always think of The Biggest Loser and wonder how in the world many of them do not have bat wings - or am I just not noticing it on the finale'??? Good luck to you on your own progress - pics always help to see how far you have come and what you can accomplish

Staying MOtivated MO

fatgirlwearingthin said...

Ugh. I've thought about this more than you know. And up until this year, refused to wear sleeveless shirts. I did start lifting weights (no more than 5 pounds each) and have noticed a difference in the tone of my arms, but if I hold them out to the side, or move them quickly, I still get that wobble from side to side. Aside from surgery, I just had to decide to make peace with it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder since you are so young whether once the fat goes and with a little weight lifting that might just snap somewhat back into place.

I have my own wavy batwing hell. I scream loudly for it to leave my arm, but it is apparently deaf.

Mrs. D said...

I add green peppers and onions to mine, and may add mushrooms next time. We love it!

Kristen said...

I hate my arm fat..ugh every month when i do my measurements i hope for a big change but it never comes

Cyn said...

i just adore your blog and its honesty -- the world needs more YOUs!

so glad i stumbled upon your blog!
misadventures of a chunky goddess

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