Weightlifting & Exercise/breasts


I've lost some weight (about 10kg)with diet and exercise. I now feel that my breasts have lost volume and are a little saggy, which is really frustrating (and depressing) because I am really happy with the rest of my body.  My breasts have never been terribly perky, but now I've lost cleavage and there seems to be a bit of a gap (or 'sunkeness') in the middle of my chest.  I am also confused about whether continued exercise will make this worse, although I enjoy exercising a lot.  Recently I started lifting weights.  Could this be worse for my breasts?  I really don't want to resort to surgery at this point.  Is there anything I can do? How can women exercise without losing breast volume?  I don't know whether I'm doing too much cardio.  I'm looking a little thin too.  Not sure whether I should be having more carbs/protein.  I haven't been eating much, and when I do it's mainly vegetarian.  Just the sight of my breasts is enough to turn me off food.
Kind regards, Gisella

Hi Gisella,
Congratulations on your weight loss.  Your issue with your chest is common. When you lose weight you realize the size of your bust was increased by fat.  No biggie really.  The main thing is to build the chest MUSCLE. At sparkpeople.com you can find exercise demonstrations.  Select chest exercises and do 2-3 of them every OTHER DAY. Make sure you give the muscle rest. Make sure you feel it all the way into the center of the chest. It will enhance the look of your chest...it will not increase your breast tissue.  It will support the chest.
Best of luck

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