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How is it that my muscle (or arm) can go from big to small?

i THOUGHT that when you start losing weight, your fat will shrink but then my husband says that i dont have much fat on my arm to really call it fat. i'm like "well i can still pinch it" ive been lifting my 5 pound weights for weeks now (i'd say about a month into it and burned off about 6 pounds. my arms went from 11 1/2 to 11 inches which i thought was good until the husband said i should be building muscle, not going down in size.

what do you think?


Asked by americansugar80 at 10:05 AM on Apr. 12, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • You can't build muscle with only using 5 lb weights first off. You have to slowly increase the amount you're lifting if you're wanting to build muscle.

    Day one, use the 5 lb weights. take a few days off...use 5 lbs the next time, then take a few days off. The THIRD time, use 6 lb weights...and the next week, go up to 7 lbs...etc... You want to slowly increase the weight, that's the only way.

    If you're not increasing the weight you are lifting, you will not build any muscle at all.It might help with your arms durablity, but your arm will not get stronger & will not grow if you're not increasing the weight you're lifting.

    You probably did lose a little fat from your arm & you just didn't gain any muscle. That is why it got smaller & not bigger...

    Answer by samurai_chica at 10:11 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Losing a 1/2 an inch on your arms is a good thing. Muscle is more dense than fat. Your husband is thinking like a man. Men usually have the objective to get bulkier/bigger when they lift. Women usually want to be more defined, toned and cut. You don't need to increase your weight as long as you are feeling the resistance. Increase your reps.

    Answer by Syphon at 10:17 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • What do you yourself want? Do you want to have more muscle tone or do you just want your arms to look slim? If you want more muscle tone, you will need to move up on your dumbbell weights. 8 pounds, then 10 pounds, and on up to 15 eventually if you want great muscle tone and strength. But if you don't want that, then stick with aerobics and lighter weights.

    Answer by lore_tex at 10:19 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • You will lose some fat with exercising. You're likely losing that, not muscle! There is fat in the muscle fibers, not just subcutaneously (just under the skin), so cut yourself a break! Also, upping the weight WON'T make you bulk up- women are not genetically designed to get big and bulky like men are. The women that do it without hormones work VERY hard at it. If you're able to do more than 15-20 reps, you should likely increase your weight. You should be doing exercises for your whole body, not just your biceps.

    Answer by musicpisces at 11:23 AM on Apr. 12, 2011