To give you some background about myself:
-28 years old
-6'2'' and 170 lbs
-body fat percentage of ~14-15% measured via tanita scale and accumeasure
-2x/week on an elliptical for about an hour
-1 hour of pretty strenuous pilates/week
Despite the above, I've developed a pretty uncomfortable distended stomach. What I mean by uncomfortable is that it's unpleasant to wear anything tight around it and I accordingly have to wear, generally, 36 inch pants pretty loosely over it. It doesn't seem to be bloat from food since this distension is pretty constant. I don't have amazing digestion, but even if I stick to a really really simple diet (even an elemental diet for weeks), it doesn't help the distension (i.e. passing gas / moving my bowels doesn't help that much either). This tends to make me think this is muscular in origin (though perhaps having slow/poor digestion may have contributed to this forming in the first place). Further, I have some trouble urinating, i.e. it's tough for me to get all my pee out and this difficulty seems to possibly be related to this distension (also, I've been down to as low as 9% body fat using the same measurement methods as above though this didn't help my distended abdomen).
-Doing pilates might have made it slightly worse if anything. I've tried stomach vacuums, though they don't seem to have helped at all.
-I've enclosed a few pictures and a video of my distended abdomen to give you guys a sense of the distension. In the video, I flex/vacuum in my abdomen during part of it to give you a sense of the range, though the full distended look is when my gut is relaxed. It doesn't seem to be fat, as I can't "pinch" any significant quantity on my gut.
I'm wondering what could be the cause of this and what I could do to fix it.
Is there any benefit to using any sort of "waist trimmer"/corset type device or does that just end up weakening those core muscles instead of tightening/retraining them?
Is there some optimal method to doing vacuums and/or am I substantially overbuilt/imbalanced in the way my core musculature has developed?
Thank you guys
04-26-2010, 08:05 PM #1
Distended Abdomen, Curious of best way (if one exists) to fix it
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04-26-2010, 09:33 PM #6
do you think I'm just one of those people who just accumulates the majority of their body fat on the lower stomach?
should I just try to get a lower BF% via integrating weight training and doing more cardio to aim for <7% BF?
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04-27-2010, 03:45 PM #11Bodybuilding is 60% training and 50% diet. Yes that adds up to 110%, because that's what you should be giving it. Change the inside, and the physique will follow.
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if you have health insurance go see a doc that specializes in sports medicine,get the xrays and the mri and if you have posture/pelvis alignment issues they can get you into physio to start fixing that,if posture isnt the case the doc should at least be able to point you in the right direction
btw it does appear to be bodyfat at the bottom of your stomach,but you may have slight posture problems in the hips causing your stomach to push out a bit
try going on a strict cut and get the water out as well and see where you're at"Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence."
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This sounds like it could also be visceral fat (i.e. fat accumulated around the liver and organs). When people get fat, only a relatively thin layer accumulates underneath the skin while the majority of it actually accumulates around the liver and organs.
This can make the midsection rigid and even painful to the touch as well as being an overall health threat.
The good news is that this will go away as you continue to drop body fat, and if you suddenly overhaul your diet to be extremely healthy you may drop visceral fat first.
It may be worth your effort to look into doing stomach vacuums as well. Good luck.
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