Our bodies are cruel, but unfortunately they give us no say in where or how they will respond to the exercise we complete; your genetic makeup will determine which areas of the body will lose fat first, second, or last with no consultations from you. The input you can give is strength training to shape the muscles underneath fat, so as the fat disappears through food intake control, it will reveal shapelier, more toned, leaner muscle or reduce the profile because muscle is much more lean. A pound of muscle will be much smaller and more toned-looking than a pound of fat in the same area.
The other bonus to strength training and building up muscles beneath fat is that muscle burns fat even while at rest. Even while sitting, sleeping, and so on, you will burn more calories. When running a caloric deficit, you strength train to avoid losing too much muscle so you continue to get this benefit; as M@L described, your body naturally wants to burn muscle first, so you rebuild as your body burns it.
If your concern is getting a body-builder muscle volume, that is unlikely for women. Again, genetic makeup determines how bulky your muscles will be on their own accord, but most women that have the bulky-muscled look must work for hours at strength training every day, eating a specific mix of high protein to accomplish that look they want. The rest of us, as a rule and without putting in the hours and specific high-protein diet, will have leaner, more subtle muscle tone because our hormonal makeup is prone to that more naturally. If you want to go the extra mile to avoid bulkier muscles, add plenty of stretching and lean toning exercise types like yoga.
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