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Is it genetic or what?

My weightloss is gradual but uneven. I am now at abt 22% body fat. Weight is 112 lbs. Good muscle tone overall except that there are obvious lumps of fat, the size of grapefruit hanging on my outer thigh near to the hip joint that just refuse to budge.My hip measurement has not changed for a year but my waist is down to 25 inch. How do I tackle this problem? Am doing cardio and some weight lifting programmes.

Sun. May 14, 9:03pm

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where you put on excess weight can be genetic. Not everyone is going to be able to be a 36 26 36. Some just have naturally wider waists or hips, or chests (but few complain about excess weight at the chest ;)). It's not so much genetic as anatomical. Most women with longer torso's tend to be the pear shape when they gain weight. Short torso'd women tend to be the apples. Women who are "combo" (neither short nor long) tend to get the back fat and hip bads but not much booty.

Now, I'm not saying that you can't change your measurements, but there comes a time in one's life where you should love and accept the body you have. :)

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 9:50 PM

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I agree with the above poster.
I have a friend who has a tiny waist, but "butt for miles" as some call it. Her fat just goes straight to the upper thighs!

The one good thing is that it is better for you to have fat there vs. the apple shape (unfortunately, I gather my fat on my belly, which is not good).

In the meantime, just continue to work out-- it's kind of hard NOT to work out the legs, since that is the biggest muscle group in your body.... You might try some resistance exercises like swimming or walking in the pool? But don't do a lot of squats or weight lifting types of exercise in your legs, or that will tend to build up the muscles...(although those large muscles also help burn off a lot of calories in the long run.)

Perhaps more cardio can help burn off the extra fat?


Sunday, May 14, 2006, 10:23 PM

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I don't agree with the above poster - not to work out the legs and hips. Only by working them out you will get muscles going on at the trouble area which will help burn fat. 'Spot-reducing' doesn't work, so you need to do lots of cardio to get rid of fat, but when you have toned up your troubled part of the body, it will be less likely that fat will return on that spot! Just don't give up on training. If you'd never seriously worked out before and never been athletic, it takes years to achieve overall proportionate fat distribution in your body, but it is achievable and you CAN cheat your DNA...

Monday, May 15, 2006, 12:10 PM

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I agree with the above. I had a belly all my life, and even though I have been at my goal weight for several months, the shape is still changing, and the skin is smoothing out slowly.

I use Dove firming cream too. I see slight differences. It may be mostly mental but it makes me "feel" firm when I put it on! Even if the affects are minimal, it's still a good moisturizer.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 12:31 PM

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