Body shape is also partly due to genetics. Everyone in my family carries the weight in the belly - we're all apple shapes. I think clothing does help to define our shape. My waist is narrower than the areas above and below - not much, but I do have a defined waist.
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I think having a bigger upper stomach is normal for some body types, it definitely is for me. That's where the term muffin top comes from. We all know that to lose weight we need to do cardio cardio cardio and watch our calories. But to lose belly fat, it is all diet. I just recently read an article that people who are fat in the mid section is due to over eating of empty calories. I have that problem unfortunately. But I'm trying to fix it.
As for it being hard, I would definitely go to the doctor about that. Better safe than sorry.
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I wonder sometimes if our clothing becomes a mold for our bodies. I have noticed that people who where pants that appear tight across the lower body and allow a lot of muffin over the top seem to shape to that. People whose bands kind of make a separation between top and bottom retain that shape outside of the clothing. Recently, when my bras were too tight, I started noting that my body seemed to mold to that shaping. When I got new bras that fit, it corrected. Not scientifically proven, but just something that I have noted through the years.
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It sounds like visceral fat, since you said it feels hard. My husband has this problem. I think all the "belly fat" books were referring to this kind of fat. I keep checking to see if a new magic way to get rid of it develops - I have "Flat Belly Diet for Men" that advises getting a MUFA at every meal. That's olive oil, and some other healthy fat sources. But none of this is proven yet.
My last blog is about this kind of fat. Overall weight loss will reduce it - I don't know of a way to target it. But it's more dangerous - contributes to prediabetes, diabetes, and heart disease.
I'm reading a lot about doing interval exercising to be more effective. Again, don't know if that is proven.
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I wouldn't say that mine is bigger, but about equal. I always thought that I looked like I had an elastic band around my waist, with fat at the top of it and fat at the bottom. I wonder sometimes if the muscles underneath are just so slack from having babies, having bad posture and being overweight. I have lost about 25 lbs. since about November, but the stomach is the last to go. I think I will really have to up the cardio and break down and do some ab work to strengthen the muscles underneath. I guess it's just the way that some people are designed. Lucky us!! LOL. Hang in there. It will get smaller.
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I am big all over my tummy. Is there pain involved? If you are worried, maybe you should see your doctor. I found out I have a hernia in my tummy at the mid-line of my body. Not a good thing. But my doctor has just retired (I only had her for a year) so I have to find another one! Good luck on your journey at Spark People!
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