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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,583
5/5/11 10:46 P

I have had that pouch ever since I can remember. I remember being a teenager and being really self conscious about it. When I was nineteen I had major abdominal surgery and so I have two pouches. When I was a teenager I was rail thin.

I know what you mean Razzleberries about the pants. It is almost impossible to find pants that fit just right. When I reach my goal, I may buy custom made pants. If I can find some that don't cost an arm and a leg.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 5/5/2011 (22:48)
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5/5/11 9:09 P

I think its all genetics. I have a super flat tummy. However, I have a lot of junk in my trunk if you get my drift. LOL

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5/5/11 5:43 P

I think it really has to do with genetics and most women do seem to have a little pooch. I have two older sisters, the oldest and I never had the pooch (i do now onlyit looks more like a guys beer belly hahah.) Even after having my kid, when i got back in pooch.
the middle sister who is not naturally muscular but petite, has always had the stomach pooch. I dont ever want to have a six pack, to me it does not look good on women. i would like to have a little definition (lines in the right places but a soft layer of fat over) I think it looks un natural and too masculine on women. Sorry to those that have em, no offense, that is just my preference.

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5/4/11 8:12 P

I'm glad that I found this message thread. I've been thinking a lot about my tummy pouch since I started losing weight and since I joined SparkPeople. I've lost about 15 lbs. in the last several months, but I am losing it off my back (back fat and hips), but nothing in the front around my belly. Well, that's not completely true. I've lost a teeny bit, but nothing significant. However, the flab of skin on my belly seems to be "looser" and it is like "fatty skin" instead of just fat. It was good to read that abdominal exercises will help with that (I have no ab muscles to speak of at this point in time). But it is also good to read that our bodies are all created differently, and I might just be one of those women who have a "pouch for life." I have honestly been thinking of the tummy tuck, but I want to weight until I have lost all the weight that I should safely lose and have done what I can to tighten up the muscles. If I still have this extra stuff around my middle, I might consider the surgery. Thanks for all the great input.

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5/4/11 7:44 P

When I was younger my stomach was totally flat and I weighed a whopping 104 pounds. I had my first child delivered by C-section and with time and age I developed a "pregnant" look tummy. I am surprised that more people have not asked the sooo embarrassing question of "when is it due?" I guess my graying hair signals that its just "fat". I had two surgeries, one a C-section and the other a hysterectomy and I have been told that this weakens the stomach muscles and my chance of ever ridding myself of this bulge is probably non-existent. I am set on eating healthy now, but my problem is that I can't do crunches or sit-ups because I have bad discs in my back and doc says that's a no-no. what else can I do to target this trouble area? Any ideas? I saw some kind of electronic gadget called a "Contour Belt" that promises great results, anyone know if this really works? Reply and I'll watch for your feedback. Thanks, Reda

QUEEN_REINA Posts: 3,953
4/17/11 3:10 A

Seems to me women are WAY to critical of themselves (and other women). I don't know any men with PERFECT bodies either. It's called being human...

4/17/11 12:37 A

Here's the photo from 10 years ago. Taken at Xcaret resort in Cancun, on the first vacation my husband and I went on together (we weren't married yet...)

I was 20 years old, a size 6, and somewhere around 100 pounds. And a few years from now when I get skin cancer I'll surely regret all the time spent at tanning salons before this vacation...

Even my hair looked better back then...but I was forking out the money (I didn't have) for expensive shampoo. These days I buy whatever I can get for 69 cents a bottle.

But even at ~100 pounds, the "pooch" is quite visible. And thats pre-kids!

BETHANYBOO Posts: 2,039
4/16/11 8:48 P

I tend to get it from bloating. On the rare occasion that I wake up dehydrated, I don't have a pooch.

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4/16/11 6:09 P

I think it has to do w ur body type my stomache is pretty flat but I get the pouch based on my digestive Sorry if its too much information.... Maybe u shouldn't judge a pic of u when u were a kid because a pic is just a second of time that doesn't really show a real idea of what is going on, what if u had just ate?
Anyways, I think holding ur ab muscles and crunches helps with ur core....and pilotes. But who has a full hour for core anyways. Good luck...

Edited by: B-MIAMI at: 4/16/2011 (18:10)
SLDRGIRL Posts: 39
4/16/11 5:54 P

Everybody carries fat in different places. The pouch area is a common fat storage area for women. I had a little one every since I was a teen. It wasn't until after I had liposuction that it stopped being a trouble area. I gained 30 pounds after the lipoprotein, but I still had a flat stomach.

4/16/11 5:30 P

I think just depends on how the individual's body works. If I wanted a flat stomach, I would have to lose at least another 20 lbs and I don't think I want to do that.

4/16/11 5:24 P


OMG I so relate to your post. I used to be a size 5 and then I had my little boy 9 years ago and have just lucked up and maintained a size 9-11 but the belly it just sits out. I call it my kangaroo pouch and I just hate it. Mentally I've been whining about it. But like you I'm just over it. Every time I even think about not going to the gym I think about that pouch and I say to myself, "make it happen girl." My boyfriend loves my breasts and I must admit with the extra weight I have gained more there, but I'm over the breast. I rather be in a cute bathing suit any day than having breast that no one can see because of the big pouch underneath them.

Keep up the good work. STay motivated and focused. Together those tow facts alone will find you happier, sexier and of course flatter.

SULFABABY Posts: 473
4/16/11 4:42 P

"Which would you rather see - a muffin top, or my butt crack???"

You worded that *perfectly*!

4/16/11 1:28 P

I've never had a pouch, even at my heaviest weight. That just isn't how my body carries fat. I am tall and have a super long torso though, which is probably part of that. Now I do have saddlebags on my thighs even at a normal weight plus extra weight in my upper arms I'd like to see gone.

AMANDA660 Posts: 881
4/16/11 12:03 P

I realy think its a natural part of a female stomach to not be wafer flat or pot belly either. My stomach has never been wicked flat eventhough its hard as a rock. For me to get a flat stomach would involve losing too much weight and having a BMI way too low to maintain.

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4/16/11 11:32 A

i did not develop until after menopause

4/16/11 11:27 A

Speaking of muffin tops....

We were out with some friends last weekend, and I was sitting across from a 14 year old girl in the group. Her ex-step-mother was there for a visit. The step mom saw the girl's shirt lift up when she went to grab something and laughed, "you've got a muffin top!!!"

Way to make a teenage girl feel confident about her body.....(the girl is not overweight at all) The girl even said out loud after the comment - "great, now I have to go on a diet"

And the step-mom mentioned something about buying pants that fit.

I'm sorry, but clothing stores do not MAKE pants that fit correctly. They do not exist. Because some of us just so happen to have a litte fat around our bellies. Why is it our fault for not buying the "right" pants?

If I buy a bigger size, they fall off. If I buy a smaller size, I have a muffin top.

Which would you rather see - a muffin top, or my butt crack???

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4/16/11 11:19 A

The only way i was able to reduce mine (I have not had kids and I'm 21 with prior overweight history) was by intense ab strengthening exercises. I still had one but it was drastically reduced.

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4/16/11 9:31 A

I definitely still have one - I've had it since my 1st child was born.

AFter he was born I quickly went back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I had a little bit of a pouch - not too bad. After the following children I didn't lose as muc hweight and the pouch increased.

After my 2nd child was born - about 2 years later - I started to workout (doing crunches, situps - other ab exercises) and my stomach tightened up a little bit. I *think* that if I stuck with it at that time I could have regained a flat stomach.

So - 2 kids later - I have one that's far worse, I'm much heavier - and the idea of getting back down to that weight where my exercising actually tightened things up is my goal.

I had a battle with myself - mentally. I have (well - had) big breasts and I loved them. But to get a flat stomach again I had to bid them farewell. I'm actually quite equally split between just staying a little bit big and keeping my D's and losing weight, flattening my stomach, and having B's (or whatever - saggy C's or something).

I finally decided that I can tolerate smaller boobs - I'll get use ot it - but I can't stand my stomach anymore. I'm tired of not being able ot wear cute, fitted shirts - I'm sick of having to make sure none of my gut shows when I wear certain clothes (like - if I reach up will my gut hang out?)

I worked at Hobby Lobby years ago and one day I was hanging up seed beads over my head - reaching up. My shirt was up a little and a guy saw my stomach. He was talking on the phone and told his friend "OMG, Major sick - this girl . . . ." blah blah blah.

I was so embarassed and frustrated with myself I wantd to just curl up and die. I've been overly self-conscious since then.

The last time i saw myself with a flat stomach was when I was in highschool - November of 1997. I was 2 months pregnant, lookedin the mirror . . . that was a long freaking time ago. I've let myself be miserable - and lazy - and I've hated it but all of my decisions have made it worse (not losing weight, eating crap food, not working out). I was a Stay at Home Mom for 7 years - I could have made it go away already!

Edited by: SILVETTE at: 4/16/2011 (09:38)
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4/16/11 6:14 A

I have a thick layer of fat beneath the belly button but it doesn't stick out. My abs are totally flat and there is a ton of muscle beneath the fat. Having a baby did not make it worse.

Wearing proper fitting pants keeps the muffin top away.

CRISPY20 Posts: 342
4/16/11 3:27 A

I think that's what the right underwear is for, personally. I'm lucky that I have a husband when he's lucky enough to see me naked thinks yay, not eww, saggy tummy. I'll always have a "pouch" unless I have surgery & do a lot of work. It's a combo of 2 kids plus being over 100 lbs overweight at one point. When I was at goal weight (after losing the 100 lbs, but before having my 2nd child), I still had the permanent muffin-top even when naked. But I was healthy & active. I was finishing in the high middle of my age group for 10km road races and we have a very competitive local race scene. I was more proud of that than worried about loose skin or a pouch. I have a bit of pregnancy weight (and more) to lose still, but I'm looking forward to getting to that point again. On the plus side, thanks to consistent strength training I'm at a smaller size than I was last time I was at this weight. It's all about you being happy in your own body, and everyone has a different definition of what that is.

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4/16/11 3:05 A

Many women get the pouch long before having kids..
It is called poor stomach posture which happens in daily life and can't even be helped with planks.. As is the physical habit of remembering to pull the TVA Tranversus muscles in without thinking about it again then remember to keep doing it while your breathing normally walking down the street, sitting in your chair, at the table or just relaxing on the couch..

I have had the full version tummy tuck which requires 2 operations and this stomach posture has to be practised like our good eating habits and not just engaging our stomach when only lifting heavy..
middle photo efter my tummy tuck left photo when remembering to breath and see a difference in stomach posture..
it is natural to engage muscles when doing exercise- the art is to remember in our daily life while doing other things this very important TVA exercise too..

I have read stories where body builders wear a weight belt with the wide edge against their stomach pulled tight to remember to engage their TVA to avoid pot tummy syndrome..

They use a belt like I have not this fancy thingie..>

some use this for waist support it is the same thickness all around..

I saw one of the world champions doing this trick on did some homework why lol..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 4/16/2011 (03:29)
4/16/11 2:49 A

I was just on the phone with my sister, and she was talking about how she really doesn't need to lose any weight, but she'd like to get rid of her tummy.

I mentioned the photo frame I just put on my wall - it's got my before-before picture at a weight of about 100 pounds, my before picture at 242 pounds, and an empty spot for my after picture....someday.

In that picture of me as a 100 pound 19 year old in a teeny dress on a vacation in Cancun....I have a little "pouch!" And that's before any pregnancy. The little pouch sticks out further than my breasts!!

So why do we women strive so much for a flat belly? It may be possible if you're anorexic, but what if a healthy female body includes a pouch? What's so wrong with that?

This doesn't really apply to me anyway, because I already have a lot of saggy skin around the belly and if I ever want a flat stomach after this, it will require surgery.

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