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You Asked: Losing Weight and Losing My Chest Too

Dear Fit,
I've been on a health kick for about three months. I'm exercising four times a week, eating well, and am proud to say that I've been dropping pounds and am halfway to my goal weight. My only complaint is that I've also dropped a cup size, and am worried my chest will get even smaller. My chest was the one part of my body I actually really liked! Is there any way to lose weight but not lose my boobs?
— Missing My Girls

First of all, congrats on losing weight. It must be exciting to see all your hard work pay off when you step on the scale. I can also understand your frustration at seeing your chest size shrink. To find out what you can do,


The only thing you can do is embrace your less curvaceous self. Unfortunately, just like you can't spot-reduce areas of your body, you can't spot-save, either. In other words, the body doesn't let you pick and choose which parts you lose the fat from. In fact, genetics play a huge role in where your body chooses to draw fat from for fuel.


While you can't keep the pounds from shedding off your chest, you can keep it looking toned by adding a few strength moves into your gym routine. Include push-ups, plank variations, and chest presses to work your pecs.

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clearskies clearskies 7 years
haha poptart princess! I agree!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I suppose it's just surprising to me that someone did not expect this to happen.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
My boobs have shrunk by inches and cup size... sorry! This is the first place women tend to loose weight... why won't it go off my ass instead?! It's so annoying. Do pec exercises and it'll help to make the area stronger and firmer.
foxymardy foxymardy 8 years
I went from a C to a B, but it suits me just fine because I'm now a 4. I hated my huge butt and I thought I can't do anything about it, but boy was I wrong! I love my body right now. I'm fit and slim, I get to have boobs that suit my figure and my butt sticks out very nicely. I didn't lose any of my curves, and that feels phenomenal!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I went from a C to a D. :( I must be the odd one out. And finding shirts that fit is even harder. I'm still buying the same size clothing I was before, because NOTHING will fit over my boobs!
kml032686 kml032686 8 years
it's the first place i gain and the first place i lose. luckily clothes right now are made for people with smaller chests.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I lost a lot from my boobs too, but they actually look bigger now because I went from a small C to a full A and the rest of my body shrank a lot more. I hate it when women fear losing weight because they fear losing their are much healthier without the added pounds even if you lose a cup size or two.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I lost some weight this year & a cup size along with it. Oddly, my breasts were larger when I was 14 and weighed ten pounds less than I do now. But I'm not complaining... I love that my shirts now button easily over my chest & I no attract so much attention in that area.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
Yogaforlife, if all that ice cream weight gain went to your boobs, I am ENVIOUS! lol!
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
yeah, they're supposed to be your "girls", but the first thing to go with the pounds is the "mounds" and that sucks! when mine were in town ( my weight was up ), i was so nice to them and i always took them out and bought them nice things ( pretty bras ) and they just pack up and leave. i wish my thighs would take a hint.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I was a 32A until I had to put on weight to fit my wedding dress. By the time the wedding came around I was able to wear a 34C (Alas, I did not put on weight by working out - it was ice cream everynight before bed). Now that I'm getting back to my former weight/size/fitness level, I'm down to a 32B. I definitely enjoy being smaller - I never have to worry about them.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
small boobs are hot, and look tons better in clothes! My chest is so small they don't make bras for me (only some 32AA's work) so I shop in the kids section, it's great because I don't have to worry about anything being too low cut because there is no cleavage! And guys don't stare at my chest.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm fortunate. My body really holds on to my chest size. I'm petite, and I have C cups. Some people think I have the breast-implant look. When I lose weight, my butt is the first to go. That's sucks, too.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I agree with Camarogirl67. Just embrace your new shape!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I come from a curvy family genetically blessed with big tatas. I enjoyed my chest (even if I am the smallest of the women in the family). When I started to lose weight though they went from high C's went to B's. :\ I only miss what was natural for my body, but accept my downsized chest. At least they're not flopping painfully anymore, if/when I run :)
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 8 years
Maybe it's just me, but I would be much happier with smaller boobs and a nice toned, in-shape body. And a nicer rear end!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
Lucky, I wish mine would get smaller. I'm still hoping as I continue they will get a little smaller.
adelaidekay adelaidekay 8 years
I lost some weight but not in my boobs. I lost it mostly in my back & shoulders enough so that I had to go out & get new bras, because with the size of my breast I have to have support. When I went from a 42D to a 38 I had to get a DD, I cried. That is one of my goals is to lose some there at the end of all of this, if not I will be forced to get a reduction.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
I lost some weight in my chest but I remained proportional. if you have big boobs and you lose weight all over you'll still have big boobs--they'll just be smaller than before :)
runningesq runningesq 8 years
why, Tidal?
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
*shakes head* I'm really losing hope for humanity here......
syako syako 8 years
In my experience those were the first to go, but once I lost that weight, they didn't keep getting smaller, other things started getting smaller. So maybe you won't see more of a reduction. But even if you do lose more, the benefits of being at a healthy weight FAR outweigh having big boobies... imo.
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