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There, we’ve said it. Losing part of your breasts comes as a package with weight loss, and there’s no way around it. Now, please put away that papaya and milk smoothie – we’ve been there, done that, and all we got was a stomachache.

Your breasts are made up mostly of fat tissue (or adipose tissue, to be exact), so when you lose overall body fat, your breast size inevitably decreases too. That being said, because each of us has different existing percentage of fat in our bodies (and breasts), the amount of volume in the chest each of us loses differs.

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For example, apple-shaped women tend to retain more of their breasts than women with pear-shaped bodies. Apple-shaped women have the most amount of fat at their torso, abdominal area and breasts. When they lose weight, they still lose some of their breasts, but not to the extent of pear-shaped women.

On the other hand, pear-shaped women have tiny waists, slender bodies and small breasts, but bigger thighs, hips, buttocks and legs. Hence, their body recalibrates to its original state when they try to lose weight, and women with such a body type tend to witness the biggest decrease in cup size.

Although you cannot prevent the loss of breasts while losing weight, there are other ways to make them appear bigger: by strengthening the pectoral muscles that lie underneath your breast tissue. By adding workouts that toughen them up into your normal routine, those muscles will increase in size and make your breasts look perkier.

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1. Pushups

You don’t need any equipment for this, but it is very important to get the right form so you work the correct muscles. For the correct form, check out this tutorial:

2. Bench presses with dumbbells

This exercise requires dumbbells at a weight you’re comfortable with, to add some resistance to your exercise. If you’re just starting out, you could fill some bottles with water in replacement of dumbbells. Just ensure the bottles have a good grip. This tutorial shows you how:

3. Dumbbell Fly

The dumbbell fly varies slightly from the bench press in both motion and intensity. As its name suggests, the dumbbell fly resembles the motion of flying. Here’s a video guide:

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