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I am a pear, and find it extremely difficult to lose fat in the hips/thigh area. I know that you can't spot reduce, but what have you pears done that has helped tone those areas?
Also, even if you do lose a lot of fat, bigger pears usually become smaller pears. I heard that if you lift heavier weights on the upper body, and lighter weights on the lower body that eventually you will build up muscle on the shoulder/arm area, making you seem more proportionate. Has anyone tried this, does it help, and how long did it take to get there?
I also heard that the bigger you are, the harder it is to lose in the butt/hip/thigh area, has anyone found this true? Now that I am at a healthier weight I think I'm starting to lose some fat in those areas, but it seems to be coming off VERY slow.
Hi I'm a pear. I've found that usually you have to lose a bit more fat / weight than you think you need to in order to really shrink your bum/hips/legs. Definitely do weights (heavy ones, not barbie ones!) because it's important to maintain your muscle mass while losing weight.
I'm 5'1 (a little shorter than you) and currently at 123lbs trying to get down to 110. I started at 134 and thought that 120lbs would be ideal, I've had to re-evaluate my goals in order to get near the figure I'd like to have.
What are your stats?
If you're a teen it might not be good for you to be lifting weights. You should let your body finish growing before pushing it that hard. But check the past posts in the fitness forum for better advice on this ;)
At the end of the day though your body shape is your body shape and that's what you've got to work with. Learn to love it and work with it and make the best possible you out of you :)
I'm 17, 5"6.5, and currently 149lbs. My body has seemed to be doing good with the strength training I've been doing. I don't lift too heavy, atm the heavist weights I use are only 8 pounds. I don't want to get too heavy too fast because 8's are pretty hard for me atm and I don't wanna do any damage.
Lately, I'm mainly focusing on strength training because I like it best, and it's slowly re-shaping my body. My arms are looking a lot better, it makes me feel healthier, stronger... and helps me do daily tasks with more ease. I wanna build some muscle on my shoulders to even out my body, and I seem to be losing fat while doing strength training, and staying the same weight, which I like.
I am at a healthy weight for my stats, but like you said, you need to lose some more than you think to shrink those areas. I'm not really interested in losing weight per say, just fat.
Original Post by pastmistakes:
I heard that if you lift heavier weights on the upper body, and lighter weights on the lower body that eventually you will build up muscle on the shoulder/arm area, making you seem more proportionate. Has anyone tried this, does it help, and how long did it take to get there?
I did that, in addition to doing things for my lower body like squats, deadlifts, lunges, etc. - larger muscle groups, more calories burned. It makes me look more hourglass shape, but I couldn't say how long it took - it's a gradual process.
I wouldn't be too worried about lifting as a teen - if you are using proper form, it shouldn't be a problem, even as a teen. I don't have the link off hand, but I've looked it up on ACSM and they say that teens are fine with heavy lifting.
Don't be afraid of getting "bulky" from going heavier (relative to your strength, of course) - as a female, plus if you are eating around maintenance or below, you'd have to work very hard and eat perfectly to actually reach "bulkiness". A good article is Strength without size.
Also, remember that as you get older, your body will do some of its own redistributing - even up through college.