Why is my bottom half of my body so fat?

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My thighs, butt and calves are really fat.. Why?
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A lot of people store fat in different parts of their body. Some people are skinnier on top, and plumper on the bottom. For others it's the reverse.

For me, I tend to put most of my weight on on my arms, face and stomach area, with my legs being the skinniest part of my body.

What is your definition of 'really fat' anyway? There are such ridiculous ideals of beauty in our society, don't put down your body just because you're not a size 0. It's important to have a healthy body image, with realistic goals and to love yourself inside and out
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Lots of women are genetic programmed to store fat in their thighs and butt to help with pregnancy.

It has the advantage that if you put on weight there rather than your stomach, up until you reach the menopause it helps protect you from heart disease.
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You may be pear shaped and need to tone. Pears have larger bottom halves and that is where they gain weight.

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You may be pear shaped and need to tone. Pears have larger bottom halves and that is where they gain weight.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I looked into the shape stuff and I am possibly an hourglass.. Idk just a curvy one I guess
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A lot of people store fat in different parts of their body. Some people are skinnier on top, and plumper on the bottom. For others it's the reverse.

For me, I tend to put most of my weight on on my arms, face and stomach area, with my legs being the skinniest part of my body.

What is your definition of 'really fat' anyway? There are such ridiculous ideals of beauty in our society, don't put down your body just because you're not a size 0. It's important to have a healthy body image, with realistic goals and to love yourself inside and out
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Ahh. By fat I mean I can't fit into pants for my age! Also I look "uneven" since I'm short. I always had to wear bigger pants and even when I lost weight, still big on the bottom and it really sucks.
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Ahh. By fat I mean I can't fit into pants for my age! Also I look "uneven" since I'm short. I always had to wear bigger pants and even when I lost weight, still big on the bottom and it really sucks.
Originally Posted by VoluminousGirly
Unless you are a kid then you should be wearing adult women sized clothes even if you are short and slim.

It's normal for different shops to cater to different body shapes so sizes vary in shops.

It's also normal for some women to have top halves 1-3 sizes smaller than their bottom half. This makes it difficult to find dresses and pants (trousers) that fit.

Again it's also normal for other women have bigger tops than bottoms.

And finally there are the lucky ones whose top and bottom halves are the same size. Again this is normal.

The trick is to learn what cuts of clothes suit you and what fashions you need to ignore. It does mean at times you can't wear the latest fashion because it doesn't suit your body shape.

Luckily jeans come in different shapes so you should always be able to find a pair that fits adequately enough.
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You may be pear shaped and need to tone. Pears have larger bottom halves and that is where they gain weight.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I looked into the shape stuff and I am possibly an hourglass.. Idk just a curvy one I guess
Originally Posted by VoluminousGirly
Hourglass figures are usually 1940s curvy though you can still be slim or overweight. Are you actually gaining extra weight or are you stuffing yourself into clothes that aren't made for your body?

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You may be pear shaped and need to tone. Pears have larger bottom halves and that is where they gain weight.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I looked into the shape stuff and I am possibly an hourglass.. Idk just a curvy one I guess
Originally Posted by VoluminousGirly
Hourglass figures are usually 1940s curvy though you can still be slim or overweight. Are you actually gaining extra weight or are you stuffing yourself into clothes that aren't made for your body?

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I have been the same weight for a long time now. Some days I actually feel skinnier than others and maybe it's just my brain becoming insecure.

I only wear comfortable things. If it's not haha no thanks
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You may be pear shaped and need to tone. Pears have larger bottom halves and that is where they gain weight.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I looked into the shape stuff and I am possibly an hourglass.. Idk just a curvy one I guess
Originally Posted by VoluminousGirly
There is a technical definition of hourglass. The hips must be 9" or greater in circumference than the waist. Also, your bust measurement and your hips measurement cannot be more than 1" of difference. So a 36-25-35 is an hourglass figure as well as a 41-26-42. Other markers of hourglass figures are having very shapely legs and when gaining weight it will go evenly between the bust, hips, thighs and butt. The waist area is the last to show any weight gain and the difference between the hip and waist measurements gets more exaggerated with weight gain. Another marker for an hourglass type is being short waisted.

If this is you welcome to the club! You'd think that having this kind of figure would make finding clothes easier, but it doesn't. Most clothing is cut for a straighter figure type leaving us with far too much extra fabric in the middle. The other problem I've run into is when the waist and hips are cut right, the thigh area was cut too small. Run don't walk away from any pant with a flared leg, stick to straight cuts, trouser cuts or wide leg styles.

In all things, please remember, there is nothing wrong with you or your body, it's the clothes.
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I'm a bit overweight but not by much, and I've always thought my calves disproportionately big in comparison with the rest of me

I'm trying to lose weight now though so we'll see what happens.
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@eveum I feel like I'm always trying to lose weight lol!

Or, maybe not 'lose weight' per say, more like I just need to tone up. I eat very healthily anyway, but because my lifestyle is pretty sedentary right now (due to the nature of my job etc.) I'm not as active as I should be.

I think my weight is fine, but I need toning in my stomach and my arms. I really need to start going to the gym a couple of times a week, but I feel like I never have the time.

(Always making excuses lol!)
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I feel like I've reached a point in my life where eating healthily has just became second nature. Years ago I would try to eat what I thought was a healthy diet but I barely lasted 3 weeks most of the time. Now something has just clicked and it's easy to me. Primarily because I know now how to make things that are good for me but still taste nice, and that I've shaped my diet around the things I enjoy while limiting (but not eliminating) other things.

However the stickler was always exercise for me, which I think is really the key to losing weight. Before I got a gym membership I was far too anxious and shy to workout either at a gym or outside, and couldn't afford it anyway.

I really feel like this time I'm actually changing my lifestyle, as opposed to 'dieting' or going through some sort of healthy phase that I'd stop when the weight comes off. 😌
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In total agreement!

I eat healthily because I love healthy foods (fruits, veggies, lentils etc.) and genuinely enjoy them. It's not a diet for me, but just the food I like. I still eat 'junk' sometimes, but I feel like I have quite a healthy outlook on life and know how to restrain myself. I really want to be healthy and I focus more on that than the idea of being 'thin' in regards to food.

That's why I don't calorie-count, because I think it's redundant and, as someone who suffered from an ED in the past, not a healthy way to view food. Eating lots of stuff that's really good for you and not worrying about calories, because it's all great stuff, is a much healthier outlook for me than counting calories in things I eat and getting angry if I go over a certain amount.

Exercise is definitely my weak-point too. When I was at uni I went to the gym with a friend and having someone else there really spurred me on. It's different know I've graduated and my friends all live far away and, with me driving to work and sitting in the office all day, there's not time to be active in my normal life. I need to make the effort to do exercise 'after hours', but I feel like the time's never there, or I just can't be bothered or, like you, I'm too shy to go alone.

Also, yeah, the money thing is always an issue! But then I feel like I'd do better at a gym than I would at home, because I'd put more of an effort in BECAUSE I've shelled out the money for it.
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Thats exactly true. I think when you're paying for something and you feel accountable it can be quite a strong motivation if nothing else. I always think about that when I feel tired or like I just can't be bothered.

"I never regret when I do it, I always regret when I don't"

I saw this quote the other day and I thought it was brilliant and so true. When I'm tired and feel like I'm not going to be able to work very hard I always surprise myself with how well a session goes. And then I realise that high afterwards feels much better than an extra few hours in bed
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@BotticelliBrit what exercise do you actually like doing?

Lots of people shell out for a gym and don't go because they find it boring.

However if they do classes or take up a sport the social interaction makes them go. Alternatively having a race to train for works as well.
@Blueblood I like the rowing machine / cycling / treadmill. I mostly like doing cardio and things that work out my abs though.

I think a class might be a good idea for me. Maybe something dancey.

I did karate for a bit, but I had to stop because it got a little pricey for me.
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You may be pear shaped and need to tone. Pears have larger bottom halves and that is where they gain weight.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I looked into the shape stuff and I am possibly an hourglass.. Idk just a curvy one I guess
Originally Posted by VoluminousGirly
There is a technical definition of hourglass. The hips must be 9" or greater in circumference than the waist. Also, your bust measurement and your hips measurement cannot be more than 1" of difference. So a 36-25-35 is an hourglass figure as well as a 41-26-42. Other markers of hourglass figures are having very shapely legs and when gaining weight it will go evenly between the bust, hips, thighs and butt. The waist area is the last to show any weight gain and the difference between the hip and waist measurements gets more exaggerated with weight gain. Another marker for an hourglass type is being short waisted.

If this is you welcome to the club! You'd think that having this kind of figure would make finding clothes easier, but it doesn't. Most clothing is cut for a straighter figure type leaving us with far too much extra fabric in the middle. The other problem I've run into is when the waist and hips are cut right, the thigh area was cut too small. Run don't walk away from any pant with a flared leg, stick to straight cuts, trouser cuts or wide leg styles.

In all things, please remember, there is nothing wrong with you or your body, it's the clothes.
Originally Posted by Zeldahime
Great post. Yes, yes, yes, esp to flared pants. So glad the bootcut trend is ending; slim, straight and wide are so much better for me. I am the quintessential hourglass and yes, I think finding clothes should be easier. I have to belt everything or wear knits...or else I look big.

I look pear shaped when you see me straight from the front or back and look top heavy when you see me from the side. But it all equals out to an hourglass.
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