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10/18/12 9:48 P

Everyone loses (stores, and gains) body fat in a different pattern. But believe me, if you lose enough fat, you WILL lose some of the fat in your breasts. It may not be the first fat that you lose, but your breasts do get smaller eventually as you continue to lose body fat.

As I have lost about 40 pounds, I have gone from a 42DDD to a 38DDD -- and I will need to drop down to a 36DDD pretty soon if I keep losing weight. As a previous poster said, the proportion between my band size and cup size has stayed the same ... but both are getting smaller as I lose weight.

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10/18/12 6:10 P

Nausikaa hit the nail on the head.

Also, although you probably won't lose a cup size, you will lose fat and size. Cup size is ratio of the band size to the measurement across the fullest part-- if your fullest part is 3 inches bigger than the band size, it's a C cup, whether you're talking 36 and 39 inches or 42 and 45 inches. If you lay a 32 B cup inside a 42 B cup, you'll see that the 32 is a lot smaller. When you lose weight, the proportions stay close to the same, but the overall size decreases.

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10/18/12 7:03 A

I totally get where you're coming from but you don't need to deduct anything as the extra fat in breasts is accounted for already in the bodyfat recommendations for women vs. for men. If you look at a chart you will see that men's bodyfat % is far, far lower than for women at the same fitness level. For example, for a woman to be considered "lean" she can have as much as 20% bodyfat. A man is only allowed to have like 6-13% bodyfat to be considered lean. It's already figured in so you don't have to worry about it.

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10/18/12 12:57 A

Not sure where breast come into the picture, but the normal range of body fat for women is18.5 to 24.9 percent based on height. Don't ask how height comes into play. I've been looking for almost 2 years for the sciencde behind this belief.

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10/18/12 12:28 A

I think you should just have you body fat measured without deducting body parts.

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10/17/12 11:14 P

This may be one of those questions that, in ten years, you won't remember why you worried about it, just lose some weight, the boobs will take care of themselves.

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10/17/12 10:39 P

I just have a question and I've been having a difficult time finding the answer. For women's body fat percentage shouldn't their breast's body fat be deducted? It's not like I'm losing a cup size by dieting or exercising. It's what I was born with and they're not going away unless I have surgery. So is there a way to know your breast's fat percentage and deduct it from the total body fat percentage or is my body fat just always going to be high? I know it sounds stupid but it's really frustrating me.

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