For many women, losing weight means losing it from the breasts as well as other parts of the body. Sometimes it’s even the first area women notice a change and for many, decreasing breast size can be a little worrisome.
The fact is most of the inside of the breast is composed of fatty tissue and fibrous connective tissues that bind the breast together and give it shape. So if you’re on a mission to lose fat, it’s likely you’ll lose some fat in your breasts. It’s simply not possible to gain or lose weight in one specific area of your body, according to the American Council on Exercise. Still, there are some ways to compensate for lost breast fat and keep your breasts looking full and lifted.
Here are some tips for healthy weight loss as well as exercises that will help tone your pectoral muscles so you can firm up what you have!
What you should be eating? Experts say you should focus on making good food choices but allow yourself the occasional indulgence. Your diet should consist mostly of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Be sure you also include lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
How much cardio? American College of Sports Medicine says to aim for at least 150 minutes of intense physical activity per week to promote fat loss. Be sure to wear a supportive bra while working out!
How much strength training? Experts say exercises like bench presses, pushups and incline presses will help strengthen muscles of the chest wall and give the illusion of larger (and perkier) breasts. Aim to strength train 3-4 times a week. Here are more weight lifting exercises to benefit the chest area.
Don’t worry. Many women say it’s much better to be a healthy weight and have smaller breasts. Just tone up what you have, make sure you have a great bra that lifts you up in all the right places and enjoy the summer!