I have a client who has lost two dress sizes, but she is having trouble getting anything to fit due to her large arms. I have asked her about her genetics, so that is a possible reason. Her arms almost appear to be retaining fluid, but that is not the problem. Her doctor does not have an answer. Her massage therapist suggests her recent hormone therapy. Do you have any ideas?
Barring some unknown medical problem, I would say it is genetics. However, that doesn’t mean she can’t change it. I would go out and buy the book The Metabolic Typing Diet and give her the test. I would bet she is not eating for her “type.”
I would also inform her that the places the body stores the most fat are also the places that it takes fat from last.
I would do some higher rep arm exercises to make her feel better. It gives her the sense she is doing something to help herself. I would also make her keep a food diary. Make sure she is eating the right foods for her “type” and that she is getting enough water.
Her massage therapist is right on. Hormone Replacement Therapy has many side effects, the least of which is fluid retention. A JAMA study of HRT had this conclusion: Overall health risks exceeded benefits from use of combined estrogen plus progestin for an average 5.2-year follow-up among healthy postmenopausal US women. All-cause mortality was not affected during the trial. The risk-benefit profile found in this trial is not consistent with the requirements for a viable intervention for primary prevention of chronic diseases, and the results indicate that this regimen should not be initiated or continued for primary prevention of CHD.