The "Kettle Belly" and me

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    Jun 09, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    I have returned to working out after 6 months after I froze my gym membership.

    I have experienced one huge change. I am developing a kettle belly. Not a pot belly that hangs over my belt line, but a bump starting under my sternum and ribs. It looks like I swallowed a softball. I pinch at it, and it isn't fat. It looks like the abdomen on a gorilla. On an ectomorph, that ain't sexy (not to me, anyway). One of my friends says that this happens to some guys in their 40s.

    My question(s) to the experts is:
    Can I fix this? I used to have the classic set of abs, but the 30s happened, then the 40s... Is it just loose?

    Am I over working my abs? Are the muscles getting bigger and bigger from focusing them too much?

    Am I screwed? Am I past the point of no return? Should I accept my kettle belly...name it maybe? Develop a waddle, and rub it like a pregnant woman?

    Can I return to my old self?

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    Jun 09, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    The only advice I can offer is to stop using age as an excuse.
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    Jun 09, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    And see a doctor. It might be a tumor.
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    Jun 09, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    work out hard, its because you took a half year off man
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    Jun 09, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    Could be that as you've gotten older you've accumulated some visceral fat in addition to the subcutaneous fat right below the surface. It seems to be something that happens to a lot of guys, myself included. But you might want to get yourself checked out just to make sure it isn't anything more serious. If it's visceral fat, then all hope isn't lost but it is gonna require even more diligence to get rid if it.
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    Jun 09, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    n8698u saidCan I fix this?
    Yes.

    n8698u saidI used to have the classic set of abs, but the 30s happened, then the 40s...?
    No, the 30's and 40's didn't happen.
    You let it happen.

    I let it happen too, till age 39 when I got serious about fitness, because I wasn't about to let this "age" thing kick my ass and be a stereotype middle-aged man who drinks beer while riding a lawn mower and thinks it's exercise.

    My favorite quote: "You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing."
    - Don't remember the author.
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    Okay...yeah, yeah. Maybe I was trying to pass it off on age. The only reason I point out age is that there has been a definite shift in my metabolism when I reached 40. I used to be able to eat anything an stay slim (an ectomorph blessing), but now I have to watch what I snack on.

    I will ask about visceral fat when I go to the doctors next. I read visceral fat is correlated to dementia and Alzheimer's. How the hell do I get rid of visceral fat? Watching too much Nip/Tuck got me here, but nipping and tucking won't get rid of visceral fat.

    Thanks for the advice guys.
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy favorite quote: "You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing."
    - Don't remember the author.


    Memory's the first to go... ;-)
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    Jun 09, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    MenschPress said
    paulflexes saidMy favorite quote: "You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing."
    - Don't remember the author.


    Memory's the first to go... ;-)
    I remember it came out of a fitness book I read at age 29. icon_wink.gif