Unfortunately, there is no way to target where you lose weight. If you're doing arm training to reduce your "bat wings" that is unfortunately not going to work. That's because our muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream, not the surrounding fat stores. Where you lose is largely a function of genetics; if you tend to hold fat in your arms, that will likely be the last place it comes off. For me, it's my stomach; my thighs and butt look great, but I still look a little pregnant.
A total body strength program is important for metabolic enhancement and a leaner look, but muscle "tone" comes from reduced body fat. I'm not saying that your strength training is a waste of time, but it won't give you quite the results you're hoping for.
Likewise, your neck will get smaller as you go; remember that you don't have much to lose there (the neck is a small area), so big changes will be very incremental there!
As for why your arms are bigger, the most likely culprit is simply water retention. As we do exercise, our muscles holds on to water so that it can effectively use the glycogen supplies we have. This is normal, and a natural, temporary function of the body. Those who suggest it is muscle gain aren't necessarily wrong, but it's unlikely; it takes a long time and a calorie surplus to build substantial muscle. Most of the time, it's just water retention. :)
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/30/2013 (11:37)
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