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Q&A Thursday: Underarm Flab?

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Q&A…Thursday? That’s right! To make up for the site’s outage yesterday, I promised the FB readership that I’d go through and answer ANY question they had about me or the site’s purpose. Let’s go!

Q: Did you experience arm flab after your weight loss and if so, what did you do about it?

Q: Upper arm fat not moving despite weight lifting. What’s wrong with me or what’s wrong with my arms? Or can I continue to blame the equipment?

Hmm… you’re going to experience underarm flab if you have larger arms, just because the skin has been stretched out, and needs time to reclaim its proper position. That’s just an unfortunate fact of weight gain: skin stretching. The bounce-back factor can take anywhere from months to years, and all we can truly do is be patient and wait. (I mean, you can also get surgery, buuuuut….)

Did I experience arm flab? Of course I did! I had huge arms. What did I do about it?

February 18, 2010

Strength training! I built awesome arms!

I’m sure the next question is, “HOW?” The answer, really, is not a silly shake weight or a “perfect push up” machine.

Between yoga and push ups, I’ve been able to tone up my arms, my back, and even keep the skin of my breasts taut. Why? If you take a look at one of the yoga episodes I’ve posted on the site, you’ll be able to identify how much you have to lift, stretch, pull and tug those arms. The plank position – a common yoga pose that looks a lot like a push up without the drop down – works not only your back, but the ligaments in your chest that tighten and lift your breasts. Add to that the fact that it works both your biceps and your triceps (your outer and inner upper arm area?) You’re in there like swimwear.

Add some arm exercises to your workout! Fill that sack of skin with some nice muscle, and you’ll decrease the amount of skin left hanging and swinging. That’s the best way to decrease the presence of “lunch lady arms.”

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Madame: The Journey February 3, 2011 - 11:36 AM

( ._.) at “lunch lady arms.” Miss Alice ‘n ’em, ain’t done nothing to receive such disrespect, lol.

Erika February 3, 2011 - 11:56 AM

…but you know that when she was sloppin’ down that jello on your plate in grade school….that jello wasn’t the only thing with a little wobble goin’. ROFL

keyalus February 3, 2011 - 2:16 PM

Your beloved pole dancing is a great arm workout too! 😉

Tammy October 14, 2011 - 8:05 PM

So, did you have problems with excess skin? It doesn’t look like it on your pictures. I’ve lost some weight but the extra skin really scares me.

PS: Love your blog

Karmen October 22, 2011 - 7:12 PM

LOL @silly shake weight! I recall buying into the concept initially, but I let it go after feeling like I was doing something dirty….phallic much?

Karen April 3, 2013 - 2:51 PM

What about inner thigh flab? Please say you have an answer for this one!

Erika Nicole Kendall April 4, 2013 - 7:38 AM

Cardio, baby. Cardio, and squats.

Kami May 12, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Yes I am glad that you talked about this. I always have a problem with my underarm flab. Now I am doing cardio and buddy training to help with losing weight and toning. Hopefully this will help reach my fitness goals. My question is “Can you build muscle under fat? “

Stephanie August 1, 2013 - 9:01 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’ve been doing mostly cardio and haven’t seen much progress in my flabby arms! Now I know what I should be doing to help that!

christine August 7, 2013 - 11:49 AM

smh! I had to get with the weights before my d’s started looking like U’s..Ericka I thought about you yesterday..lady “standing” by the treadmill yapping on the phone lol

Bezzymates August 7, 2013 - 11:33 AM

My cousin was really big (259 lbs.) she lost 100 lbs, but was so unhappy with all the hanging skin on her triceps. She tried every move out there, but eventually opted for surgery. I guess it really depends on how much skin is left hanging after weight loss.

Erika Nicole Kendall August 7, 2013 - 12:46 PM

It depends so, so much more on your nutrition and your consistency with your weight training. So many people want to do it “their way,” instead of getting with the right way, and then wonder why they feel like costly procedures are their only option. No, boo. I’m sorry. LOL

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