Posted by: JOEY | 2009-07-08


I am 33 yrs old 1.65 tall and weigh 69 kgs. i have big fat arms and broad shoulders which unfortunately is a genetic thing. i need to know from you how i can take the flab of my arms in order to make it look more sexy because i did weights before which now makes me look like a man with flab arms. i want to know i can loose the fat on my arms to look more feminine.thank you.

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Hi Joey

This is perhaps the most common question, even those who exercise regularly. It’s particularly troublesome as we get older, because we lose muscle mass and that makes it more and more difficult to combat the body’s frustrating tendency to store fat, which is really the problem here. Our genes determine where that fat is deposited, which is why some people battle with the stomach, others with the thighs,and others with the arms, like in your case.

Regardless of the location, the key is a combination of proper exercise and careful diet. Proper exercise means avoiding the myth that you can spot reduce. That is, there is a perception that you can target specific areas for fat loss by doing very specific exercise. Unfortunately, a million sit-ups a day is not the sole solution. It certainly has a beneficial effect, as I’ll explain, but by itself is not the solution. So rather than becoming pre-occupied on one area, your aim should be to increase metabolic rate – that’s how you burn fat. You do through regular cardiovascular exercise, which includes cycling, aerobics, taebo, spinning, walking or jogging.

You should then combine this with some weight training. Weight training need not make you bulky, though it can if you use weights that are too heavy. If that has happened, then my advice is to reduce the weight and rather do more reps. But it is still good to increase muscle mass, because more muscle means a more toned appearance.

Finally, remember that diet is the great “enabler”. If exercise is perfect, but diet poor, then you undermine your progress. So cover that base, perhaps by seeing a dietician, and get cover all three bases.

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