Does the bone structure change after losing weight?

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    Aug 25, 2010 9:21 AM GMT
    I've lost 130 lbs so far in a little over a year. When I started, I weighed 325 lbs. I guess the obesity went so far to push some of my organs into my rib cage. Now the tip of my sternum is protruding outward and it looks a little funny. Will this change over time that it may go back to its original position, or is it set in stone at this point and only surgery could correct it (not that I am that vain, and I would not go that far just for the looks.) Has anyone else dealt with this issue after losing a lot of weight?
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    Aug 25, 2010 10:35 AM GMT
    No it doesn't change. Your probably seeing what you couldn't see before. Organs don't get that big
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    Aug 25, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    BH_nexus saidNo it doesn't change. Your probably seeing what you couldn't see before. Organs don't get that big


    Mmm.. welll..... I don´t find it surprising that obesity would mess your body up at all levels, that the muscles would adapt to the massive size and unnatural shape your body used to be. Hell, you see it in average people: their ribs are splayed open, etc etc. The basic bone structure might be at most, let´s say, "stretched", but more to the point the muscles of the core might well take a different shape and you might well have to re train them. Pilates would do it perfectly.
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    Aug 25, 2010 1:22 PM GMT
    The rib cage naturally expands as a man ages. It is made up of partly bone and partly cartilage, which has some "give" to it. The expansion occurs because the space around the lungs is under negative pressure and the intercostal muscles slowly buy surely get tired of constantly fighting against that negative pressure. They basically stretch out, which allows the expansion of the rib cage to occur.

    You are 37 years old now and having lost all that weight, you are probably seeing your rib cage for the first time in years. You can't expect it to look like it did when you were 20.

    Keep up the good work with the diet and weight training and don't worry about natural changes that occur with age. Getting some bulk and definition on your pectoral muscles probably will counter the look of the sternum. In another year, you will be looking back and laughing about this.

    Best Regards.
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    Aug 25, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
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    BH_nexus saidNo it doesn't change. Your probably seeing what you couldn't see before. Organs don't get that big


    Mmm.. welll..... I don´t find it surprising that obesity would mess your body up at all levels, that the muscles would adapt to the massive size and unnatural shape your body used to be. Hell, you see it in average people: their ribs are splayed open, etc etc. The basic bone structure might be at most, let´s say, "stretched", but more to the point the muscles of the core might well take a different shape and you might well have to re train them. Pilates would do it perfectly.


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  • Desmondlug

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    Aug 25, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    Well i lost a lot of weight also and now i can see the tip of my sternum also, so your not alone. I figured it was from being fat lol. It hate it, it looks weird sticking out..... grrr..
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    Aug 25, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    I think it's a matter of set bone structure, not the effects of your obesity (which wasn't super-extreme in the first place).

    I agree with the previous posters about muscle gain and its ability to change your body shape naturally.
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    Aug 27, 2010 6:42 AM GMT
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    Lostboy said
    BH_nexus saidNo it doesn't change. Your probably seeing what you couldn't see before. Organs don't get that big


    Mmm.. welll..... I don´t find it surprising that obesity would mess your body up at all levels, that the muscles would adapt to the massive size and unnatural shape your body used to be. Hell, you see it in average people: their ribs are splayed open, etc etc. The basic bone structure might be at most, let´s say, "stretched", but more to the point the muscles of the core might well take a different shape and you might well have to re train them. Pilates would do it perfectly.


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    Aug 28, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    The tip your seeing is called the xiphoid process, why the he'll it's called that I don't know, the tip on your coccyx is also named xiphoid process.

    Anyway, what's more likely is your body shape is just designed to be more prominent in that area so having lost all the weigt you have (congratulations on that btw) you can now see it clearly.

    I have a similar problem, one side of my sternum sits higher then the other, after an accident as a kid it sits even higher then it used too on the right side.

    Don't worry your self to much sbout it, keep working on getting w body that is as healthy and strong as it can be, we all have little hints about our bodies that makes it different.
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    Sep 01, 2010 9:47 AM GMT
    I think Regular exercise and proper diet is helping for loosing weight.
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    Sep 19, 2010 7:25 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidThe tip your seeing is called the xiphoid process, why the he'll it's called that I don't know, the tip on your coccyx is also named xiphoid process.

    Anyway, what's more likely is your body shape is just designed to be more prominent in that area so having lost all the weigt you have (congratulations on that btw) you can now see it clearly.

    I have a similar problem, one side of my sternum sits higher then the other, after an accident as a kid it sits even higher then it used too on the right side.

    Don't worry your self to much sbout it, keep working on getting w body that is as healthy and strong as it can be, we all have little hints about our bodies that makes it different.


    The xiphoid process is sometimes simply called the xiphoid. Also known as the ensiform cartilage or process.

    The ancients thought the xiphoid looked like the tip of a sword.

    The word "xiphoid" is from the Greek "xiphos" (straight sword) + "eidos" (like) = like a straight sword.

    "Ensiform" is from the Latin "ensis" (sword) + "forma" (shape) = sword shape.

    Just a little nerdy detective work for you, lilTanker...