YB
BannerBanner

shrinking in the wrong places

Author
BlondeyR
New Member
  • Total Posts : 10
  • Reward points: 1734
  • Joined: 2006/04/03 21:57:57
  • Status: offline
2006/07/18 13:44:47 (permalink)
0

shrinking in the wrong places

hi
Ive been training for a few months, weights and cardio

i seem to be loosing fat in only the wrong places. my bust has shrunk loads but my lower body just isnt changing. im not overweight, but would like to loose some body fat but i feel like im loosing my good bits and not really seeing any improvements anywhere else!

cant decide what to do for the best

a. not do so much cardio so that i dont look thin everywhere else and continue to lift...but with this option im always gonna have lumpy legs due to the fat sitting on top of the muscle i build

or

b. up cardio to reduce body fat, end up with a gaunt face, no bust and loose my good features to make an improvement on the appearance my legs n ass

i dont know what to do for the best because with each outcome im going to be left still feeling dissatisfied with myself and the whole reason i began training was because i dont wanna be like the rest of the people in the world who are unhappy with their bodies but just live with it....

its starting to get me down coz i feel like i cant win

ps my diet is pretty clean, no caffiene, no rubbish

any thought appreciated coz its making me feel blue!
post edited by BlondeyR - 2006/07/18 13:45:47
#1

18 Replies Related Threads

    claire amber
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 893
    • Reward points: 2799
    • Joined: 2006/04/29 14:12:15
    • Location: Cleveland UK
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/18 14:20:42 (permalink)
    0
    Hello and welcome to MT Ive got a similar problam, ive recently lost almost a stone in weight and have found that my bust has lost its fullness as has my bum !? though 'thankfully' so has my tummy and hips. I think you'll get people here telling you that its impossible to spot reduce in the places where you'd like to and tuff if it goes from the place you don't. However don't get disheartened and whatever you do don't give up, there's plenty of advice and support for you here !! Feel free to mail me if your feeling down as they say - been there got the t.shirt.
    #2
    gingernut
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 4729
    • Reward points: 10897
    • Joined: 2005/11/14 13:07:33
    • Location: Cumbria
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/18 15:10:27 (permalink)
    0
    We all lose fat through diet/cardio but it does seem to come off some places before others.

    I always lose weight on my legs first, and find it difficult to lean up on my upper half. Perserverance is the only thing that will shift it from your 'trouble spots'.

    Continue lifting and make sure your diet is clean, it would be useful to see exactly what you are eating - amounts and types of foods as there maybe something you can change to improve your fat loss. And what does your lifting plan look like?

    For the last 6 months I have been dieting, performing cardio and lifting heavy. At first the weight went from my legs, I got frustrated around the 3 month mark as it seemed as tho nothing would improve any further. Then BAM! my upper half leaned up within a few weeks and I am now the proud owner of a (vague) six pack and defined arms. My legs did actually start to lag and went a bit puffy for a bit and now it's all defined and lean.

    Consistancy is the key.Diet, lifting and cardio are the ingredients to a successful fatloss plan.
    #3
    kitty
    Moderator & BNBF Pro
    • Total Posts : 39007
    • Reward points: 12248
    • Joined: 2003/08/26 10:52:24
    • Location: Chorley, Lancashire
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/18 15:35:55 (permalink)
    0
    Don't get down blondeyR, it will eventually come off, just keep on plugging away. Don't give up as you'll feel worse. Why not try changing your cardio to something more leg based too like a stepper, works for me
    #4
    jess1eb
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 944
    • Reward points: 9520
    • Joined: 2005/06/20 13:59:27
    • Location: Milton Keynes
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/18 16:30:18 (permalink)
    0
    you may find that although you think it has gone from your bust its realy from your back, I had this last year and thought I had gone from a 38D to a 36B but when I actualy got measured and fitted properly I had gone to a 34DD. It depends were you store fat as to were you will first loose it but the rest will balance out eventualy, also building muscle in your legs will improve there appearance and the extra muscle will help you burn more fat
    #5
    BlondeyR
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 10
    • Reward points: 1734
    • Joined: 2006/04/03 21:57:57
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/18 21:32:55 (permalink)
    0
    thanks all

    i feel better now...patience is a virtue applies in this instance i think!

    i think i find motivation difficult because i dont get a lot of support or encouragement from family/friends/boyf . They either think i should be happy the way i am, are not interested in fitness etc or cant stand to acknowledge other peoples achievements!
    I am also verrrry self critical and so i probs dont recognize my improvements and give myself praise when its due.

    Any how ill keep at it, gonna follow the advise, target my legs etc more in cardio, and maybe gonna re think my split and do my legs twice a week

    thanks again

    .....enjoy the sunshine
    #6
    [mojo]
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1469
    • Reward points: 1568
    • Joined: 2006/06/25 23:30:52
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/19 02:28:24 (permalink)
    0
    sorry


    kitty is that in the pic???
    #7
    kitty
    Moderator & BNBF Pro
    • Total Posts : 39007
    • Reward points: 12248
    • Joined: 2003/08/26 10:52:24
    • Location: Chorley, Lancashire
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/19 09:59:28 (permalink)
    0

    ORIGINAL: mojoj2001

    sorry


    kitty is that in the pic???


    I think you're asking if that's me in my avatar, if so then, yes it's me last year in the BNBF British finals
    #8
    supermick
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1806
    • Reward points: 2040
    • Joined: 2005/11/01 00:57:31
    • Location: staffs
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/19 17:26:30 (permalink)
    0
    post up your split and cardio routine - let us have a butchers...
    #9
    [mojo]
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1469
    • Reward points: 1568
    • Joined: 2006/06/25 23:30:52
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/19 23:10:54 (permalink)
    0
    nice pic
    ORIGINAL: kitty


    ORIGINAL: mojoj2001

    sorry


    kitty is that in the pic???


    I think you're asking if that's me in my avatar, if so then, yes it's me last year in the BNBF British finals
    post edited by mojoj2001 - 2006/07/19 23:11:47
    #10
    BlondeyR
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 10
    • Reward points: 1734
    • Joined: 2006/04/03 21:57:57
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/20 17:12:28 (permalink)
    0


    my old routine was a three day split...
    1. legs + abs
    2. arms + chest,
    3. shoulders and back

    with 1 hour cardio after weights

    Ive just broke up for summer from uni so i got a bit more time on my hands as up until now have been at uni monday to fri and work 20 hours at the weekend!

    so gonna try something new

    Monday Cardio
    Tuesday Legs
    Wednesday Cardio
    Thursday Upper body
    Friday Cardio
    Sturday Legs
    Sunday Cardio

    Even on my none cardio days i am doing cardio as i walk everywhere and probs clock up a few miles on most days coz i dont drive but im not considering that as part of my routine, just an added bonus.

    Tried the above starting on monday this week and so far feel better for not doing cardio after weights....am putting more into my lifting.


    Finally decided to weigh myself and good news ive dropped 11 pounds and am now 9st 7 lbs, am 5 ft 8 so i think thats not bad......but wanna keep improving!
    #11
    supermick
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1806
    • Reward points: 2040
    • Joined: 2005/11/01 00:57:31
    • Location: staffs
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/20 17:38:02 (permalink)
    0
    ORIGINAL: BlondeyR



    my old routine was a three day split...
    1. legs + abs
    2. arms + chest,
    3. shoulders and back

    with 1 hour cardio after weights

    Ive just broke up for summer from uni so i got a bit more time on my hands as up until now have been at uni monday to fri and work 20 hours at the weekend!

    so gonna try something new

    Monday Cardio
    Tuesday Legs
    Wednesday Cardio
    Thursday Upper body
    Friday Cardio
    Sturday Legs
    Sunday Cardio

    Even on my none cardio days i am doing cardio as i walk everywhere and probs clock up a few miles on most days coz i dont drive but im not considering that as part of my routine, just an added bonus.

    Tried the above starting on monday this week and so far feel better for not doing cardio after weights....am putting more into my lifting.


    Finally decided to weigh myself and good news ive dropped 11 pounds and am now 9st 7 lbs, am 5 ft 8 so i think thats not bad......but wanna keep improving!


    not bad, there are many ways you can attack to reach you goals.
    You could go full bodies 3x per week, upper/lower/upper/lower, or a legs/push pull.
    Concerning cardio - your overdoing it imo. Cut both the volume and frequency down a little, but up intensity. Some intervals would work well, be it on the rower, bike or whatever..

    Heres a few ideas: -
    http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459414

    a simple guide here: -
    http://www.ehow.com/how_6013_interval-training.html

    feel free to question about owt else.
    #12
    Paper Tiger
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 40
    • Reward points: 2394
    • Joined: 2005/05/08 15:45:30
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/20 22:04:11 (permalink)
    0
    ORIGINAL: supermick
    not bad, there are many ways you can attack to reach you goals.
    You could go full bodies 3x per week, upper/lower/upper/lower, or a legs/push pull.


    Would a full body workout three times I week (what I presumed you meant) give enough rest to the body to generate muscle growth?? Because if so that is a great idea for newbies.
    post edited by Paper Tiger - 2006/07/20 22:14:21
    #13
    supermick
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1806
    • Reward points: 2040
    • Joined: 2005/11/01 00:57:31
    • Location: staffs
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/20 22:21:09 (permalink)
    0
    ORIGINAL: Paper Tiger

    ORIGINAL: supermick
    not bad, there are many ways you can attack to reach you goals.
    You could go full bodies 3x per week, upper/lower/upper/lower, or a legs/push pull.


    Would a full body workout three times I week (what I presumed you meant) give enough rest to the body to generate muscle growth?? Because if so that is a great idea for newbies.


    full bodies were exactly how i started. Many athletes use full bodied movements rather than isolation, and many classic workouts for all experience levels are full bodies.
    Depends on what you class as 'full' really - not every muscle group needs working ie you dont need shoulders, back, chest, legs, bi's, tri's in one workout - excercise selection dictates.
    #14
    kitty
    Moderator & BNBF Pro
    • Total Posts : 39007
    • Reward points: 12248
    • Joined: 2003/08/26 10:52:24
    • Location: Chorley, Lancashire
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/21 09:35:54 (permalink)
    0
    I don't recommend full bodies personally. If you're working to a hard intensity then there is insufficient time for the muscle to grow. An athletic requirement is different to one who wishes to build muscle. Athletes tend to do higher reps and work on muscle endurance where the recovery can be quicker than when growth is required through lower reps and heavier weight.

    I think you mean compund movements too supermick when you refer to exercises that aren't isolation. I only do compund movements myself and have a 3 day split and I'm growing well
    #15
    supermick
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1806
    • Reward points: 2040
    • Joined: 2005/11/01 00:57:31
    • Location: staffs
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/21 13:56:00 (permalink)
    0
    ORIGINAL: kitty

    I don't recommend full bodies personally. If you're working to a hard intensity then there is insufficient time for the muscle to grow. An athletic requirement is different to one who wishes to build muscle. Athletes tend to do higher reps and work on muscle endurance where the recovery can be quicker than when growth is required through lower reps and heavier weight.

    I think you mean compund movements too supermick when you refer to exercises that aren't isolation. I only do compund movements myself and have a 3 day split and I'm growing well


    Kitty your totally wrong regarding athletes. Ive trained with athletes and strength/power is there primary focus in the weight room (depending on time of year), not muscular endurance, although many perform circuits in addition to weight room activities.
    Many of the the top lifters in my gym happened to be athletes who also performed very basic full bodies..

    i.e - a power clean, squat and bench + accessorie work. Bill starr advocated many basic routines such as this and many MT members have had success with it. If you like your full bodies with more additions then maybe a waterbury routine is better. Training to failure on all movements is not necessary - this doesnt however mean it should be easy.
    Due to BlondeyR's training status (im assuming she hasnt spent much time in the gym), any split would work. However, it would be far more beneficial to see the basic movements integrated in there somewhere regardless of split choosen.
    #16
    supermick
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1806
    • Reward points: 2040
    • Joined: 2005/11/01 00:57:31
    • Location: staffs
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/21 14:56:09 (permalink)
    #17
    kitty
    Moderator & BNBF Pro
    • Total Posts : 39007
    • Reward points: 12248
    • Joined: 2003/08/26 10:52:24
    • Location: Chorley, Lancashire
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/21 17:42:39 (permalink)
    0
    I was basing my comments on a commonwealth swimmer that trains in our gym. He was unable to add on much muscle as it slowed him down in the water. I still wouldn't like to see her do 3 full body workouts in a week. I personally think she would benefit more from doing a 3 day split and cardio
    #18
    supermick
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1806
    • Reward points: 2040
    • Joined: 2005/11/01 00:57:31
    • Location: staffs
    • Status: offline
    RE: shrinking in the wrong places 2006/07/21 18:22:00 (permalink)
    0
    ORIGINAL: kitty

    I was basing my comments on a commonwealth swimmer that trains in our gym. He was unable to add on much muscle as it slowed him down in the water. I still wouldn't like to see her do 3 full body workouts in a week. I personally think she would benefit more from doing a 3 day split and cardio


    The specific weight training routine would depend on event and prior training experience but 'generally' id still say that high rep stuff are of now use for an athlete other than pre/rehab.
    The full bodies were initially a suggestion as to how she could skin her cat, but anything, providing the basics are in there would yield results for her providing rest and diet are half way descent.
    #19
    Jump to:
    ©2018 All content is copyright of MuscleTalk.co.uk and its use elsewhere is prohibited.
    (posting guidelines | privacy | advertise | earnings disclaimer | contact us | supported by)
    © 2018 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5