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OK, so my arms are hideous. They are just so big. Does anyone have any advice on how to slim them down? I've tried lifting 8 lb wieghts, but I haven't seen any (not much) results. I don't want to try a higher weight because I'm worried that they will get bigger from the muscle I'd be building.

Any advice for me?
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Are you female? You WILL NOT AND MOST LIKELY CAN NOT build bulky arm muscles from using weights higher than 8lbs. Body builders spend their days mapping out nutrition and weight lifting strategies to get bulky arms so please don't worry about that.

To answer your question, fat is fat. You need to lose the flab by a calorie deficit. As a 38 year old woman, let me tell you I don't have the nice slim arms I used to!
yes, I am female. So, I should just stick to it? I am trying to lose weight through cardio 5 times a week. I guess it's just easy to get frustrated when you don't get results after so much effort :( I've been trying to lose weight for about 6 months now. Stupid weight!

A solid weight routine will help you maintain muscle while you're losing, making it easier to keep losing. Don't be afraid of getting into weights!
I agree with spirochete. You don't get to choose where the fat comes off first, unfortunately, and there is no such thing as spot reduction.

I can tell you that 12 lbs ago my arms were huge too. I lost weight everywhere else first. It's only been with the last 2 lbs lost that I finally saw a difference in my arms (and also my stomach, my other trouble zone). Last month, in fact, I lost a whole inch off my arms! It made a big difference. I finally have some definition and shape to them, instead of looking like cafeteria lady arms or pudgy little sausages. My arms are never going to be quite slim, but at least they look passably normal now.
Medicine Ball Routines!

Progression for upper body

congrats jenmcc! i'll keep working at it and just be patient...

thanks a lot marneedear. i'll try that!
Jenmcc, You are very motivating.  I have big arms and a belly and hips....I could go on....LOL  I have lost 15 lbs and I can really tell in my lower half but not my arms.  It helps knowing if I just keep on losing I will get there. 
Wow Jenn and inch of your arms?! That is amazing.

Neese, don't be afraid of more weight, you have to switch it up to keep progress going, and a higher weight means less reps. I just moved up to 12lb free weights. I have been doing push ups 3x's a week too and a swear I see a difference in my shoulders and the backs of my arms seem to jiggle a bit less. My weight goal as far as my arms go is to be able to row my 35lb dumbell by September. I'm so motivated by the lifters on this site, and it helps me to not think of my goal in pounds but in strength and what my body is capable of. With hard work I'll be looking better and skating again by Xmas!
cupidsvictim, good luck on increasing that row! It's a great upper body exercise. It feels really good to tack on extra weight to your lifts, doesn't it!
It does! I read your posts often and find you very motivating. Once I can row 35, my reward to myself just might be a barbell set!
I like that reward a lot
Actually, i had really bad arms as well. But then my dad said that i should try Archery, and it worked like a miracle! I definately recomend it.
Archery? Never would have thought of that. I'm really looking for something that I can do int the gym though :( I have an hour lunch that is perfect for my workouts. I'm buying and selling a house right now, so I don't have a lot of free time to learch Archery :) Thanks for the suggestion, though! I'm glad it worked for you!
As odd as it sounds ive really toned up my arms biking.  The constant strain on them as i lean over on my road bike seems to function like pushups.  Ive already noticed a big difference in how much weight i can do on the chest press machine at the gym.
My bicep area has firmed up nicely as a result of weight loss + weights. My triceps, on the other hand... I'm beginning to think I was born without them. And I do a lift just to develop the triceps! But what I have is nicely defined biceps and hanging flab and skin on the under side. I'm hoping as I keep losing, that'll change.
try swimming! it's a great cardio workout and will definitely help your upper body. it will without a doubt tone your arms, along with the rest of your body!
swimming would be great - but I have no pool :(

healthytide - do you think a stationary bike would be the same? I don't own a bike...
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I would reccomend not doing any CARDIO at all. Cardio kills. Seriously.... How many times have you run for hours or done the elliptical 5 days a week, and what results does it get you???  Nothing? so why does everything keep on doing the same thing knowing that they will get the same result? I think Albert Instein called that "Insanity".

Weight training is the only way that you will get the fat off and keep it off. Muscle will burn the fat.  Women are physcially not built to build bulk. If you think that your bulky right now, its probably becasue you have excessive fat around the muscle that you are building. You need to eat right and keep weight training eventually that fat will turn into muscle and muscle alone burns more calories than any cardio workout you could think off.

I reccomend reading a book i just recently purchased. Cardio Free Diet.

All the facts in the book make soo much sense, and to tell you the truth.... IT ACTUALLY WORKS. I have just started the diet and i have lost 5 pounds.
girly - thanks! I will go to Borders this weekend for that book :)

It's soooo true. I do the elliptical or walk (briskly) on the treadmill for AT LEAST 30 minutes 5 days a week. Pair that with a diet of 1400-1600 cals a day - I should be losing weight!!!!

I'm not. I've lost 5 pounds in 7 months. I feel great, though :)

I will definitely check this book out. I'm excited...
hi again,

I just Googled this Cardio-Free diet and found an article written by someone very against this guy's book. She (or he) says that it is misleading because what he doesn't tell you is that his clients are losing the weight because they are on a diet of 1200 calories. At 1200 calories a day, you will lose wieght without ANY exercise at all. She (or he) listed the benefits of cardio:

  • Increased aerobic capacity. Your heart will become more powerful and beat more efficiently.
  • Increased lung capacity.
  • Endurance.
  • Burns tons of calories.
  • Helps reduce the risk of heart attack.
  • Reduces the risk of high cholesterol.
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Reduces the risk and side effects of diabetes.
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Helps reduce stress.
  • Helps you sleep better.
  • Aids in weight loss.
  • I think I agree with this author. What I'll do is do cardio less times a week and the other days, I will do strenth training :) I'll balance them out. Good luck to you, though! I appreciate your thoughts! :)
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