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Hoew do I slim down my upper body?

Question Posted Wednesday April 26 2006, 12:41 pm

Hi, I am the maid of honor for my best friends wedding on May 13th. I got a dress that was too small, but I've been woorking out and I've changed my eating habits. I can now fit the dress, but I am a little uncomfortable with the top. The dress is a halter and the area around my chest, breast, and upper back are kind of squished in. Are there any particular exercises I can do to make it fit better up there? I have less than 3 weeks to go. I've upped my cardio to about 1.25-1.5 hours a day plus weight training. I just want to slim down up there. Please Help!!!!!

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EricStarr answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 7:54 pm:
I wish I could give you an answer or way to just slim the upper body, but our bodies just don't work that way. Our Bodies burn fat evenly throughout our whole body.

However, Since you have 3 weeks you can still fit into that dress. You can safely loose 2 to 3 lbs/week so go for 3 which would be a whole dress size after 3 weeks. To do this, keep up with your exercise program. However, rotate your cardio and Weight training every other day and take a rest day. You need a rest day for your body to recover.
Make sure you are drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. Eat Small meals every 4 hours to keep your metabolism going so you don't go into starvation mode. These meals should be "clean" meals. each meal should include a serving of good protein like Broiled chicken breast, fish, tuna, or lean beef. Avoid processed lunch meats fast food burgers and the like. Also have a serving of complex carbohydrates such as fresh veggies.
Here is an example of my diet for a day when loosing fat, after a cycle of gaining mass.

1/2 cup oatmeal, Or 1 cup allbran cerial 1/2 cup skim milk
and 2 hard boiled eggs with only one yolk

Mid morning snack.
small cup of lowfat yogurt

Tuna, turkey or chicken breast on whole wheat bread and an apple or Banana

Afternoon snack
Apple, orange or slices of melon

6oz lean beef or Chicken breast or broiled fish
a small baked potato, sweet potato, or brown rice
and a fresh salad with a lowcal low fat dressing.

If you eat a similar diet and follow your exercise program. You will not only loose some body fat but you will also tone the muscles giving you the shape you desire to fit properly in that dress for the wedding and you'll look great!

Feel free to email me if you need anything clarified or have any other questions.

Good Luck!

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BRUNETTE__BABiE__CAKESZ answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 3:32 pm:
hey, you cant slim down your chest area. youll have to take your dress to a tailor and get it widened and made bigger. cait♥

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MikeCFT answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 3:28 pm:
It would be great if we could pick where we could lose inches but unfortunately our bodies don't work that way. A total body effort is needed and you're going to need longer than May 13th to see dramatic and retainable results. Now Iam not saying it is impossible to lose a good amount of inches within this timeframe, but you aren't going to keep it off until you train for a considerable amount of time.

Iam sure that you look fine to begin with, and that from what you say about your cardio are obviously in shape and this is all a question of diet over exercise. Keep your diet as clean as possible and do the essentials- dont eat junk food, rest plenty, eat often, etc. I trust that you have knowledge of these concepts. That is my best advice for you- just keep your diet sensible and don't take it to an extreme. Relax, enjoy the ride and it will come to you.

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Alin75 answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 2:49 pm:
I seriously dont think there is much more you can do. You have taken every effort that I can think of. The only concern I have when I read this is that you dont overdo it. One and a half hours of cardio is a hell of a lot and with weights on top of that too...

Its not really healthy to lose more than a couple of pounds a week. Sometimes you can push that number just a bit, but what you are doing now seems like a tad more than that.

I hope you dont mean every single day btw. You do need rest days.

Anyway, since one cant spot reduce fat, there are no specific exercises that will help you lose weight there. If you are weight training you would have tightened those areas up a bit, which is the most one can do really.

Anyways, congrats on your efforts. It sounds like you are really commited. Just dont kill yourself though trying to be more healthy :)

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LovDoc answered Wednesday April 26 2006, 2:10 pm:
Call your doctor and see what you can do

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