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So, I only have about 10-15 pounds to lose, but I have been trying everything (diet, exercise) for a year to lose this weight to no avail.

I know that the more muscle you have, the quicker you burn. I already have big thighs from running, and I am very pear-shaped, so I don't want to weight train that spot. I have skinny arms, and in my opinion they could use a little muscle - but I am just afraid that if I build the muscle, and then for some reason stop training and lose it, they will become flabby because the skin will stretch to accommodate the muscle. I have asked a few people who confirmed this theory but none of them were experts or anything...

I guess my question is - if I start lifting weights now, am I committing myself to a liftetime of lifting them, or else flabby jiggly arms in the future if I stop?

Fri. May 25, 8:51am

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I am in your same position and started out with about 10-15lbs to lose. I have been at it for about 2.5 months and have only lost 4 lbs. But i'm OK with that because this is a lifestyle change and I want to do it the right way.

So to your question. My experience has been that your skin does not stretch when your building muscle. Unlike men, women usually do not develop large pertruding muscles unless you are a professional and training for that reason. I use to train heavily in college and never developed large muscles, just a toned look. The muscle I gain never gets large and has actually firmed my arms and legs (my biggest problem is my middle area). Beware that if you are watching the scale you will gain before you lose when lifting weights. It's natural. Give it a good 2 months to really see results.

Also, what's so bad about exercising for the rest of your life? I have made a complete lifestyle change for myself and think you should consider that too. I promise once you start lifting you will see a difference and will want to sick with it. Good Luck.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 12:04 PM

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