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DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,380)
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4/21/13 6:52 A

My bet is you had quite a rounded stomach before and now you're losing weight you're just seeing things change....for good!

Good on you for losing....! Keep focussed!

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4/20/13 8:53 P

Your body composition will change with exercise.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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4/19/13 3:09 P

Yes your body composition can change but it takes years of exercise to see a significant differerence. Your tummy can flatten due to a change in the type of foods you are consuming but this will be random.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
4/19/13 2:22 P

I recommend taking measurements once a month so you can know for sure.

As long as you're eating healthy, sticking to your calorie goals, and exercising regularly, you WILL be burning fat and get smaller.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/19/13 12:33 P

Just something I have learned from my various weight loss/gain/loss things.

Where ever you put in on first, it is usually the last place it "comes off" or firms up. For me, it is my things and hip area. Since I had my daughter, my lower abdominal area is a little larger, but still not too bad. However, I've lost significantly more in the chest, upper abdominal area, and my extremities. Because I've lost so much and am looking more tone in those areas, my problem areas SEEM bigger. But they are smaller too, just haven't kept up with the rest of the body. It will come off eventually, just keep working.

VIKINGSMOMDE SparkPoints: (29,537)
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4/19/13 6:15 A

I think it's an optical illusion - I have the same thing going on :(

My hips, butt, shoulders, and waist are starting to look great. The extra belly jelly hanging around below my belly button has hardly budged.

I've dropped 3 jeans sizes but for the first time, I'm not worried about the fit around the hips - it's the waist on my low-rise jeans that has me bummed (fear of the muffin top!).

I think because everything else is looking good, it's more apparent when a particular body part just doesn't look as-good.

I'm hoping that area will be the next to improve .... doing what I can to help it along and looking long-range ....

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
4/19/13 2:33 A

I agree with the PP, and think that those areas may look bigger now in comparison

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,461
4/18/13 8:15 P

I disagree with the previous post. Firstly, there is no such thing as the 'upper abs' and 'lower abs' - they are one long sheet of muscle. Check the diagram at
Secondly, you can't 'spot reduce', and crunches (or any other abdominal exercise for that matter) are ineffective in reducing abdominal fat.

But in answer to the original question, typically the body shifts several times each day between anabolic (building) and catabolic (cutting) states as it digests meals and meets energy demands. When you are running a calorie deficit, it is likely to spend more time in a catabolic state, but anabolic states will likely still happen at some times during the day. So yes, fat can be redeposited.

But I suspect that what you are seeing is really an optical illusion. Where we lose fat from is largely a matter of genetics, and perhaps in your case it is coming off the upper abdominal area first. This is giving a greater visual contrast in the way the upper and lower abdominal areas APPEAR, but my guess is your lower abdominal area isn't actually any bigger than it used to be. It's just that the upper area has gone down faster.


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4/18/13 7:15 P

From what I do know, regular crunches don't work out the lower abs so much (so I'm assuming you've been doing crunches and it's shrunk your upper abs more then your lower). There are a variety of variation crunches that you can do that target specific ab muscles. They would be a little hard for me to describe in text but I used to have a P90 program by Tony Hortin and he had a great ab workout. You could probably find something similar from a search on youtube.

I don't know if there's such a thing a fat redistribution.

Hope that's helpful in some way. :)

HMILLY2020 Posts: 587
4/18/13 2:01 P

Ok this may sound dumb but as I am gaining muscle and losing fat around my upper abs, my lower abs seem bigger, more of a muffin top than before I really started to kick up my cardio.

Is such a thing possible or is it my imagination? Can fat "reshift"?

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