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Underarm fat: Ashamed of your batwings? Here’s how you can get toned arms

One of the most embarrassing things about being fat are your flapping underarm fat, also called batwings. Know what causes them and how one can get rid of them.

health-and-fitness Updated: Feb 10, 2017 09:44 IST
New Delhi
Don’t just get embarrassed about underarm fat. Learn how to get rid of these batwings.
Don’t just get embarrassed about underarm fat. Learn how to get rid of these batwings.(Shutterstock)

Flabby and saggy arms gather all the unwanted attention despite having a pleasing personality and a beautiful face. Underarm fat or batwings, as we may say, are enough to destroy a fine appearance.

But before knowing how to get rid of them, let’s find out how fat gets deposited in the arms in the first place.

Causes of batwings

Saggy arms often come out from nowhere! This problem is caused due to changes in the body throughout adulthood. Arm fat occurs because of an excess fat in the body as a result of natural changes with the growing age.

Age: The age factor is the main cause of this issue.

According to Dr Megha Shah of Beauty and Curves Clinic, Surat, “After the age of 30, the body fat tendency increases and the lean muscle tendency normally decreases which leads to the encapsulation of fat.”

Change in hormones: In the recent years, the problem of batwings has also emerged in people after the age of 20 as well. This can also happen because of age-related hormonal changes or due to medical treatment. Change in the hormones decreases the rate of metabolism which results in a reduction in the rate of calories burnt per day. It is obvious that a low-calorie burn leads to the deposition of fat.

Lack of physical activities: Because of lack of time, there is no physical activity which is the main reason behind the production of fat in the body including arms.

Overweight: This is another reason of batwings. If you are overweight, you are likely to attract flabbiness in your arms.

Being overweight is an obvious reason for batwings.
Being overweight is an obvious reason for batwings. ( Shutterstock )

Solutions to get rid of batwings

If there is an awkward jiggle while you move because of those batwings, don’t worry! There are some easy ways and solutions that can help you reduce them.

Workouts and exercises: There are many workouts that will help in getting fat-free arms. High intensity cardio and interval training exercises help in their reduction. Some common exercises include push-ups, one-arm triceps, counter push-ups, scissors and weightlifting.

Exercise daily to get rid of underarm fat.
Exercise daily to get rid of underarm fat. ( Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo )

Proper diet: A regular intake of fruits, veggies and dairy products is a must to maintain a healthy gut that digests the food properly and increases the rate of metabolism. Eating healthy is better than eating less and eating unhygienic like fried food, junk food, etc. Try to make a diet chart and follow a balanced diet to ward off underarm fat.

A fibre-rich diet is a must.
A fibre-rich diet is a must.

Weight management: Maintaining an ideal weight is the key. By maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), we can avoid the excessive deposition of fat in the body. Diet and exercises play a crucial role in weight management. Food items low in sugar and rich in fibre are a must-have in your diet. Processed, refined foods should be avoided to a great extent.

Skincare regime: A dry, dehydrated skin highlights your flaws in a big way. Therefore, follow a skin care regime comprising of gentle exfoliation and moisturisation so that your arms look good and replenished. Regular massages with aroma oils not only help you relax but also tone your arm muscles and help you get them in shape.

A regular massage helps keep the skin toned.
A regular massage helps keep the skin toned. ( Shutterstock )

Laser treatment: The treatment is fast and lasts for a long time and removes the arm fat under the skin effectively. People who don’t have time can go for treatment and see its long-lasting results. Venus Freeze is a non-invasive technique that helps in getting toned arms without putting time and effort. It is a harmless treatment.

It is truly said that ‘prevention is better than cure’. If you are not suffering from this issue, it doesn’t mean this won’t happen to you. So it’s good to prevent arm fat before it emerges.

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