Q: I have always been very thin/skinny, though recently I have been able to jump up in weight. Now I am approximately 131 pounds at 5’5″ and I work out a little bit at home. I do squats and your Gaiam Resistance Cord DVD.
However, my upper body (core?) still seems too narrow and almost childlike to look at. I have a small bust also. Is there a way to broaden my upper body without losing size in my bust and without goofing up and turning what little body mass I have into unhealthy looking/skinny muscle? If that makes sense. I wish to look more womanly. – Angela
A: Hi, Angela! I have to say that I am not 100% clear on what the problem is. Let’s see: you don’t want to lose weight, but you want to look toned, but not too fit – am I getting it right?
Well, as I also have a small sized bust, I think I understand what you are getting at. No, you cannot grow a bigger bust. You can train your pecs a little so that the bust gives the ILLUSION of being bit bigger, but unfortunately, as you lose fat tissue on the body, usually the boobs get smaller. I know. Sad story as we don’t have a lot, anyway. Haha.
To give the illusion of a “bigger” upper body, I think you should not be afraid to build some muscle. It is hard for us girls to do that, anyway, but giving the body symmetry is the trick to the illusion. It sounds like you are healthy, and in a healthy shape, and if you want to build a little upper body, focus on body weight exercises like push-ups, dips from a bench or chair, etc. Also, what you can do is add some protein (instead of carbs) to your diet, and you will see a difference, albeit slight, in body mass.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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