Will I Lose My Breasts and Curves If I Get Thin?

Published: March 07, 2021
Dear TeenHealthFX,
In high school I had a horrible time and gained sixty pounds. That allowed me to develop my breasts and form curves. At twenty, I have started to follow a healthy diet and am ready to lose weight. However, I'm afraid that I will also lose the figure that I have grown in to. Breasts are mostly made of fat cells, and curves tend to come from wider body parts because of estrogen. I would like to simply have a smaller, lighter form of my current shape, but that might be impossible. I know that I'm too heavy but love my large breasts and defined curves. I don't want to lose either one. - Will I lose my breasts and curves if I get thin?
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Dear Will I Lose My Breasts and Curves If I Get Thin?,

TeenHealthFX is glad you want to be healthy and are starting to think about ways to lose weight and love your body. You are right that breasts do mostly contain fat cells as well other curvy areas. At times, these areas are where you will lose weight first. However, when a person sets out to lose fat, it generally happens all over the body. It is possible to keep your curves but does require a varied approach.  

Livestrong explains that while you may be losing fat cells in areas of your body you do not want to lose, it is possible to build muscle in those areas as you lose fat. For example, even though you may lose breast fat, you will be building chest muscles so your breast size will remain almost the same. Lifting heavier weights is key to firming your breasts after/while weight loss. You can even work your chest muscles up to 3 times per week.

In addition, in order to lose fat and gain/maintain muscle mass, it is important to include cardio exercise such as running, walking, or biking. It is also important to do strength training 2 to 3 times a week that includes weightlifting, body weight exercises, and resistance activities. It is also equally important to eat a balanced, healthy diet. This includes, fruits and vegetables, whole wheat carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. It will also be helpful to cut excess sugars and processed foods from your diet. We hope this helps.  

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