Chubby arms be gone!
April 25, 2010 6:41 PM Subscribe
Do my upper arms look flabby because I need to lose fat or because I need to build muscle or both?
posted by whoaali to health & fitness (21 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not overweight, but am in the upper range of the bmi for my height, and have always had relatively large flabby upper arms. What can I realistically do about this?
Will building muscle do any good if I don't also lose fat?
What I want is smaller upper arms. I am fairly ambivalent about having definition, but that wouldn't be a bad thing. I've been very slowly losing weight for the past 9 months. I've lost about 10 pounds, but my arms look no different. Should I just continue with the cardio and eventually the fat will melt away from my arms?
Or are my arms always likely to be kind of flabby because the skin is already a little stretched out? (My arms aren't huge or anything, but I often have trouble fitting them into jackets that otherwise fit me just fine) I've never had any luck toning this part of my body and I wonder if it's just a lost cause. I've tried doing tricep exercises before, but I almost feel like this has made my arms bigger (of course this may entirely be in my head the difference was very minor if there was any).
I should put in the caveat that I know weight lifting has many other benefits, but right now I'm really just interested in toning up or shrinking my arms.