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45 kilograms but a little chubby?

hopelessmidorihopelessmidori Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
I'm a female, 18 years old and has a height of 5ft and 2 inches. I weigh 45kg but I don't look skinny? Rather, my arms are a bit "meaty". I eat about 1150-1180 calories a day since last week. I don't have time for exercise since I go to school and a part-time job.
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  • nguyenlycheenguyenlychee Member Posts: 27 Member Member Posts: 27 Member
    45kg is pretty small. Maybe you have more flab than muscle, so it looks "chubby"?

    I'm sure you look fantastic. 45kg is a great weight, and I'm 1 inch shorter than you
  • ncboiler89ncboiler89 Member Posts: 2,408 Member Member Posts: 2,408 Member
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.
  • malibu927malibu927 Member Posts: 17,568 Member Member Posts: 17,568 Member
    You're underweight, with little muscle definition most likely, which is why you feel like you look chubby. Start on a progressively heavy lifting program and up your calories to gain a couple pounds.
  • amethystangelusamethystangelus Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
    You are on the low end of the spectrum for someone of you height as far as weight. Maybe losing weight is not the answer to your particular problem but rather a lifting program to help fill your arms out a bit.
  • KarolJohnson2127KarolJohnson2127 Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
    You're what's called skinny-fat (basically, skin and bones with a bit of fat, very little muscle). There's not much more weight to lose before your body starts to shut down, so don't go that route. Start exercising (no time=excuse), even 30 minutes a day will transform your body (try some Beachbody programs). Muscle burns fat, you will be left with a nice, lean body. And start eating more:-)
  • hopelessmidorihopelessmidori Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
    I'm underweight? So the only solution is exercise? *sigh*
    Does exercising help having a slimmer face? I have chubby cheeks too.
    Help me out, what exercise should I do? I can only exercise at home since it's convenient for me. My job is really draining(call center night shift)

    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.

    Hi, what do you mean mixing my units? I'm rather confused. But I'm pretty sure my height is 5ft n 2 inches. We don't use centimeter here in my country
  • ncboiler89ncboiler89 Member Posts: 2,408 Member Member Posts: 2,408 Member
    I'm underweight? So the only solution is exercise? *sigh*
    Does exercising help having a slimmer face? I have chubby cheeks too.
    Help me out, what exercise should I do? I can only exercise at home since it's convenient for me. My job is really draining(call center night shift)

    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.

    Hi, what do you mean mixing my units? I'm rather confused. But I'm pretty sure my height is 5ft n 2 inches. We don't use centimeter here in my country

    I am messing with you. You use standard units mixed with metric.
  • LKArghLKArgh Member Posts: 5,172 Member Member Posts: 5,172 Member
    You are already undwerweight and eating way less than you should. You are going to accomplish the opposite of what you want and just end up looking and feeling ill. Considering meeting with a specialist who can help you with a realistic exercise and eating plan. Continuing this way, you are just going to get very ill. You need to up your calories a lot, I would guess to at least to 1700-1800 and add exercise in your life.
  • malibu927malibu927 Member Posts: 17,568 Member Member Posts: 17,568 Member
    I'm underweight? So the only solution is exercise? *sigh*
    Does exercising help having a slimmer face? I have chubby cheeks too.
    Help me out, what exercise should I do? I can only exercise at home since it's convenient for me. My job is really draining(call center night shift)

    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.

    Hi, what do you mean mixing my units? I'm rather confused. But I'm pretty sure my height is 5ft n 2 inches. We don't use centimeter here in my country

    You're going to have to lift and eat in a calorie surplus to gain some muscle. It will also make you gain some fat, but you can later lose it. Sorry this isn't what you want to hear, but there are people who juggle work, school, and raising a family and they manage to find time to work out. You can look into a program such as Stronglifts 5x5 or New Rules of Lifting for Women, or you can do what was posted above and work with a personal trainer to come up with a routine. You can't spot reduce, and losing more weight at this point could lead to some pretty serious health concerns.
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 7,073 Member Member Posts: 7,073 Member
    malibu927 wrote: »
    I'm underweight? So the only solution is exercise? *sigh*
    Does exercising help having a slimmer face? I have chubby cheeks too.
    Help me out, what exercise should I do? I can only exercise at home since it's convenient for me. My job is really draining(call center night shift)

    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.

    Hi, what do you mean mixing my units? I'm rather confused. But I'm pretty sure my height is 5ft n 2 inches. We don't use centimeter here in my country

    You're going to have to lift and eat in a calorie surplus to gain some muscle. It will also make you gain some fat, but you can later lose it. Sorry this isn't what you want to hear, but there are people who juggle work, school, and raising a family and they manage to find time to work out. You can look into a program such as Stronglifts 5x5 or New Rules of Lifting for Women, or you can do what was posted above and work with a personal trainer to come up with a routine. You can't spot reduce, and losing more weight at this point could lead to some pretty serious health concerns.

    I agree with this.

    To illustrate, I'll steal @rabbitjb 's pic.

    muscle_zpsqquja4ua.jpg
  • Sued0nimSued0nim Member Posts: 17,456 Member Member Posts: 17,456 Member
    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    I'm underweight? So the only solution is exercise? *sigh*
    Does exercising help having a slimmer face? I have chubby cheeks too.
    Help me out, what exercise should I do? I can only exercise at home since it's convenient for me. My job is really draining(call center night shift)

    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.

    Hi, what do you mean mixing my units? I'm rather confused. But I'm pretty sure my height is 5ft n 2 inches. We don't use centimeter here in my country

    I am messing with you. You use standard units mixed with metric.

    Nope that's how some countries do it ...younger generations in UK for instance may use kg rather than stones and pounds

    She's 5'2 and 99lbs and underweight with a BMI of 18.1

    OP get off your calorie restriction now ...you should be weighing more not less

    If you can't get into a progressive lifting programme (doesn't your school have a gym?) you can do bodyweight exercises eating a decent diet ...your scale should go up, NHS BMI calculator says gaining 8.9kg will put you in the middle of a healthy weight range ...

    But you need muscle, try a bodyweight programme, eating above your maintenance and do not step on the scales for a couple of months ...although it will take much longer to build the body you want

    This is a good programme

    http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/12/09/beginner-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-build-muscle/

    And this is what we mean about you need muscle ...note there is probably over a year between each shot

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    edited June 2015
  • Sued0nimSued0nim Member Posts: 17,456 Member Member Posts: 17,456 Member
    PS @hopelessmidori how old are you, really?
  • Sued0nimSued0nim Member Posts: 17,456 Member Member Posts: 17,456 Member
    @Orphia Lol I was just writing it all out
  • hopelessmidorihopelessmidori Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
    rabbitjb wrote: »
    PS @hopelessmidori how old are you, really?

    I'm really 18. Uhh.. Actually I'll be 18 in July. Western people always accuse me for lying about my age. I guess it's because Asians look younger?

    Anyway, thank you all for the advice. I'll be looking into it if I can squeeze in some gym time. Thinking about getting a personal trainer.
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 7,073 Member Member Posts: 7,073 Member
    rabbitjb wrote: »
    @Orphia Lol I was just writing it all out
    Great minds etc. :smile:

    rabbitjb wrote: »
    PS @hopelessmidori how old are you, really?

    I'm really 18. Uhh.. Actually I'll be 18 in July. Western people always accuse me for lying about my age. I guess it's because Asians look younger?

    Anyway, thank you all for the advice. I'll be looking into it if I can squeeze in some gym time. Thinking about getting a personal trainer.

    Don't think about it or look into it. Do it. There are plenty of bodyweight exercise routines available for free on YouTube. Do it. You want to.
  • Sued0nimSued0nim Member Posts: 17,456 Member Member Posts: 17,456 Member
    rabbitjb wrote: »
    PS @hopelessmidori how old are you, really?

    I'm really 18. Uhh.. Actually I'll be 18 in July. Western people always accuse me for lying about my age. I guess it's because Asians look younger?

    Anyway, thank you all for the advice. I'll be looking into it if I can squeeze in some gym time. Thinking about getting a personal trainer.

    Actually your ethnicity is relevant as I'm pretty sure there's a different BMI scale for Asians
  • MonsoonStormMonsoonStorm Member Posts: 371 Member Member Posts: 371 Member
    rabbitjb wrote: »
    rabbitjb wrote: »
    PS @hopelessmidori how old are you, really?

    I'm really 18. Uhh.. Actually I'll be 18 in July. Western people always accuse me for lying about my age. I guess it's because Asians look younger?

    Anyway, thank you all for the advice. I'll be looking into it if I can squeeze in some gym time. Thinking about getting a personal trainer.

    Actually your ethnicity is relevant as I'm pretty sure there's a different BMI scale for Asians

    It is, I checked, she's still underweight according to asian calculators
  • Sued0nimSued0nim Member Posts: 17,456 Member Member Posts: 17,456 Member
    Looked it up ..Asians have a lower maximum BMI but the same minimum

    Although BMI is a population measure and shouldn't be used on an individual basis really and you are still a teenager

    Seriously lifting heavy is your route
  • MonsoonStormMonsoonStorm Member Posts: 371 Member Member Posts: 371 Member
    OP...

    I know there is a significant amount of pressure on you with school and work and such, but losing more weight really isn't the answer.

    You need strength to get rid of the "chubby" look. Yes, your face will change from that, I am pretty much in the same boat as rabbit, I've been slowly replacing my fat with muscle. My weight hasn't really changed at all, but my face and my body have. You don't *need* a personal trainer, there are many, many strength focused videos for free on youtube (if you can access it - not sure which country you are in). If you do decide to go the personal trainer route, please be careful and make sure you find one who will help you focus on strength and not add lots of cardio.

    You will also need to increase your calorie intake a bit. It may feel like it's the last thing you want to do, but it will really help with building muscle, which is what you want to make you look less "chubby"
  • MamaBirdBossMamaBirdBoss Member Posts: 1,516 Member Member Posts: 1,516 Member
    I'm underweight? So the only solution is exercise? *sigh*
    Does exercising help having a slimmer face? I have chubby cheeks too.
    Help me out, what exercise should I do? I can only exercise at home since it's convenient for me. My job is really draining(call center night shift)

    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    5'2" and 45kg? You are mixing your units of measure. :) That being said if you are really eating less that 1200 calories per day that is not such a good idea.

    Hi, what do you mean mixing my units? I'm rather confused. But I'm pretty sure my height is 5ft n 2 inches. We don't use centimeter here in my country

    You're Asian. You will have a rounder face. That's how your bones are built.

    But yes, your face will slim from weightlifting.
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