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Fatso

Another question for Dr. D:

Despite being around 12% body fat, having reasonably visible abs and obliques as well as practising vacuums several times a day my belly just plain sticks out and I look a lot fatter than I really am. When I perform a vacuum I can draw my belly right in so I don't think I have any abdominal weakness.

I now at the point where I longer directly train abs to avoid making my waist thicker.

Have you come across this before and have you got any suggestions that may help?

Thanks in advance.
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Ellington Darden

Your problem is probably age. As you get older, your skin becomes more lax. Thus, your favorite fat-storage spots (for example: belly, obliques, and under chin) hang and protrude more than they did earlier in your life. Welcome to reality.

Ellington
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PTDaniel

In my case I was so bloated by gas from plant matter, my abdomen was constantly distended despite a low body fat percentage. Now that bloating is gone, my abdomen is flat. I've also seen people with certain spinal curvatures that cause their abdomen to protrude.
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Chris H

PTDaniel wrote:
In my case I was so bloated by gas from plant matter, my abdomen was constantly distended despite a low body fat percentage. Now that bloating is gone, my abdomen is flat. I've also seen people with certain spinal curvatures that cause their abdomen to protrude.


thats me.
Not to start a carb arguement or indeed demonising carbs, but unless i severely reduce starches my lower abs protrude.
Many different approaches over the years, only the aforementioned gives me the tightness i want, and still does at near 56.
N = 1 of course.
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Brian Johnston

Ontario, CAN

And there's the issue of alcohol or sweets. For whatever reason, people tend to drink more when they age... bottle of wine at a time, etc., and more than once a week.
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Equity

Visceral fat more than subcutaneous fat when hitting middle age.
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hit4me

Florida, USA

could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


if I eat a steak at longhorns, with a salad and a loaded baked potato....my gut feels like a pregnant woman....however, if only ate one of these items then I am fine
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Chris H

hit4me wrote:
could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


if I eat a steak at longhorns, with a salad and a loaded baked potato....my gut feels like a pregnant woman....however, if only ate one of these items then I am fine


try this -option 1 - eat 2 or 3 large potatoes and a salad - optio 2 - eat a big steak and a salad and evaluate,
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Crotalus

hit4me wrote:
could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


The digestive enzyme Bromelain is supposed to work well for bloating.
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Chris H

hit4me wrote:
could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


if I eat a steak at longhorns, with a salad and a loaded baked potato....my gut feels like a pregnant woman....however, if only ate one of these items then I am fine


if you eliminated the Spud and added some good fat like olive oil to your meal, i doubt you would be bloated
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hit4me

Florida, USA

Chris H wrote:
hit4me wrote:
could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


if I eat a steak at longhorns, with a salad and a loaded baked potato....my gut feels like a pregnant woman....however, if only ate one of these items then I am fine

if you eliminated the Spud and added some good fat like olive oil to your meal, i doubt you would be bloated


I actually have done that....and it's the amount of food that bloats me, not the type of food
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backtrack

12% Bodyfat is not critical.

Forget about going for the magazine cover photo and focus on building strength.

With a bit of fat you bruise less easily and dare I say your bone structure has more protection.
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Equity

Crotalus wrote:
hit4me wrote:
could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


The digestive enzyme Bromelain is supposed to work well for bloating.


Drinking pineapple juice with meat also works apparently due to some enzyme in the juice.

A tip if someone wants to enter a hot dog eating contest.
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Brian A Schamber

Texas, USA

From my experience, don't eat as much, as often, put cold ice packs around my abdomen, and take cold showers. Water and sodium loading (and depletion) and the use of a dry sauna with a slimming belt can have temporary benefits (until the next meal). At age 44 now, things just stick more and I just deal with it. My weight can fluctuate a lot per year. I have been as low as 242 (height is 6'4") this past May (my lowest weigh since 1999), and can increase to about 290 without even trying hard. I was about 235 when I graduated high school, so it is what it is.
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sirloin

Brian A Schamber wrote:
From my experience, don't eat as much, as often, put cold ice packs around my abdomen, and take cold showers. Water and sodium loading (and depletion) and the use of a dry sauna with a slimming belt can have temporary benefits (until the next meal). At age 44 now, things just stick more and I just deal with it. My weight can fluctuate a lot per year. I have been as low as 242 (height is 6'4") this past May (my lowest weigh since 1999), and can increase to about 290 without even trying hard. I was about 235 when I graduated high school, so it is what it is.


This is my experience too.

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sirloin

backtrack wrote:
12% Bodyfat is not critical.

Forget about going for the magazine cover photo and focus on building strength.

With a bit of fat you bruise less easily and dare I say your bone structure has more protection.


Completely agree.
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Chris H

hit4me wrote:
Chris H wrote:
hit4me wrote:
could it be eating too much of anything at one sitting...I noticed that when I reduce the portion sizes and don't eat until I am stuffed reduced the bloated feeling


if I eat a steak at longhorns, with a salad and a loaded baked potato....my gut feels like a pregnant woman....however, if only ate one of these items then I am fine

if you eliminated the Spud and added some good fat like olive oil to your meal, i doubt you would be bloated

I actually have done that....and it's the amount of food that bloats me, not the type of food


ok, for me its starches. I could virtually eat the whole cow and not feel bloated - lol, however add some rice or potatoes - game over.
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Chris H

backtrack wrote:
12% Bodyfat is not critical.

Forget about going for the magazine cover photo and focus on building strength.

With a bit of fat you bruise less easily and dare I say your bone structure has more protection.


to be truthful, whilst most bf percentages on line are made up, 12% is lean, not 6 pack cut as far as im aware, and whilst not critical is a good target for general health
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