Question for People Formerly Obese

  • PrinceOfKeys

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    Feb 01, 2017 10:49 PM GMT
    Hey friends.
    I have a question targeted mostly for people that were formerly obese...but also anyone that knows an answer.

    A few years ago, I was on the verge of being 300lbs. My doctor said I was officially obese. I had a 3rd chin growing in. All my clothes were way too tight. I was exhausted by doing anything.
    I decided to do something about it and have been really successful. I'm literally 5lbs away from being 200lbs and I have only one chin now!

    So, my question. When/how does the stomach fat go away? Specifically the gut.

    I know it is basically always the first to arrive and the last to leave...but...seriously. All my other areas are slimming down and toning up. Arms, legs, chest, back, ass, face, neck, and even my groin area are all noticeably losing weight.
    BUT! What I don't understand is how I'm getting thinner *sideways* but feel like I am getting fatter *frontways*. The best way to describe it is that I feel it looks similar to how an average/thin woman gets pregnant and doesn't look pregnant from the front, but is clearly pregnant when she turns to the side.

    Has this happened to anyone else?
    Ideas/advice?
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    Feb 02, 2017 11:07 AM GMT
    I don't have any constructive input to make to your question. But I will say this . Well done on making the lifestyle change and putting in the hard work to losing weight. And even if your body isn't being fully cooperative don't give up. Stay focused on keep on that journey of self improvement ;-)
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    Feb 02, 2017 12:12 PM GMT
    manifesto23 saidI don't have any constructive input to make to your question. But I will say this . Well done on making the lifestyle change and putting in the hard work to losing weight. And even if your body isn't being fully cooperative don't give up. Stay focused on keep on that journey of self improvement ;-)


    What he said! Congrats!

    Stubborn belly fat, as best as i know, can be related to a gluten issue. sometimes referred as "Wheat Belly". My mom dealt with it. If you haven't already, try a phasing gluten out of your diet. Some have had luck dropping refined sugars, too.

    Have you been working with a trainer? See if they can recommend a nutritionist for you as well.

    If you've already tried or considered these options, just ignore me... :-)
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    Feb 02, 2017 2:01 PM GMT
    PrinceOfKeys saidHey friends.
    I have a question targeted mostly for people that were formerly obese...but also anyone that knows an answer.

    A few years ago, I was on the verge of being 300lbs. My doctor said I was officially obese. I had a 3rd chin growing in. All my clothes were way too tight. I was exhausted by doing anything.
    I decided to do something about it and have been really successful. I'm literally 5lbs away from being 200lbs and I have only one chin now!

    So, my question. When/how does the stomach fat go away? Specifically the gut.

    I know it is basically always the first to arrive and the last to leave...but...seriously. All my other areas are slimming down and toning up. Arms, legs, chest, back, ass, face, neck, and even my groin area are all noticeably losing weight.
    BUT! What I don't understand is how I'm getting thinner *sideways* but feel like I am getting fatter *frontways*. The best way to describe it is that I feel it looks similar to how an average/thin woman gets pregnant and doesn't look pregnant from the front, but is clearly pregnant when she turns to the side.

    Has this happened to anyone else?
    Ideas/advice?


    Look at youtube videos by Dr. Cassar, Michael McDonald, and Lou Corona.
    Second, take ballet class or take yoga class at least twice a week (or take one ballet class, one yoga class, and one modern dance class once a week).
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    Feb 03, 2017 6:28 PM GMT
    Are you sure it doesn't just SEEM like your belly's bigger forward because your sides are slimming?

    Formerly obese competitive bodybuilders often show loose skin or sag - unless they've had liposuction and/or a tummy tuck (the ProTan usually hides the scars) - indicating how belly fat is truly the last to go, if ever.
  • PrinceOfKeys

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    Feb 03, 2017 9:56 PM GMT
    Thank you everyone for the responses. I appreciate the support and encouragement.
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    JonSpringon: I'll have to look in to my gluten intake. I honestly still don't even know what gluten is. I've cut about 90% of the processed/refined sugars from my diet. (Talk about Hell on earth!)

    StephenOABC: I'll have to look them up soon. And, you are SO right about dance classes. I work for a performing theater and the dancers are some of the fittest people I know and all they do to workout is the dancing in the show.

    eagermuscle: To be fair...I think that, even if I were to be 0% body fat, I'll still forever see a phantom image of my fat self. However, I do wonder how much of it is fat and how much of it is loose skin. It feels softer and kind of like a water ┬┐balloon? consistency. It's weird. But what makes me feel like it's bigger/not shrinking is just by looking down. :/
    Oh if I could just get lipo. ;)
  • buddycat

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    Feb 04, 2017 3:40 AM GMT
    Extra skin can be deceitful and put a couple inches on your waste. At my peak I was 246 and dropped to 167 the loose skin was obvious. I am at 193 lbs. I know some of it is muscle but am a little concerned about the gain and would like to be down 10 lbs which I can do relatively easy.