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Thick Girl with Visible Abs

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 09, 2013 at 7:02 AM

I'm in great shape. I do resistance training every other day and do HIIT about twice a week.

A two year primal diet and a consistent work out routine have transformed by body. I'm 5'4" and 123 lbs with thick hips, strong thighs, large breasts, and an otherwise very slim upper body. My stomach is small but covered in fat that I can grab with two hands. It looks flat under clothes.

I know I can't spot reduce fat. I know that to make my abdominal muscles visible, I have to lower my body fat percentage. But I don't want to get smaller or slimmer. I love my size and I've already invested in quality clothes that fit!

Does this mean that If I choose to remain at this size, I will never see my abs? Is there anything I can do to have a cut stomach at this weight?

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on August 09, 2013
at 11:36 PM

can we have some pics?

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on August 09, 2013
at 05:20 PM

It sounds morale like a genetic predisposition to storing fat in the abdomen.

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on August 09, 2013
at 03:20 PM

You sound awesome...just keep it up and get more girls to be like you

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on August 09, 2013
at 02:10 PM

If you put some reminders throughout the house, they'll become a habit soon enough!

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(45)

on August 09, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Thanks! I do vacuum's everyday (when I remember!).

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on August 09, 2013
at 01:41 PM

I don't give one hoot about the look that men prefer, but I appreciate the spirit of your comment. I agree that this is a body acceptance issue that needs to be resolved in my head. Thanks, as always, for the good advice!

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on August 09, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I do love my size - I don't want to be smaller than this, but it'd be nice to see a washboard stomach. If it doesn't happen, I won't cry over it. To answer your questions: I consider my diet "very clean." It does not contain any junk, gluten, refined sugar, or commercially processed foods. I do practice intermittent fasting. Thanks for your comment.

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on August 09, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Because I practice intermittent fasting, I don't eat breakfast. I eat two very heavy meals of high quality fatty protein (free range chicken, pastured goat, wild game, or fish), lots of leafy greens, fruits, and some starch like sweet potato.

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on August 09, 2013
at 12:35 PM

What are you eating, and how often? BTW, you sound like you have a wonderful body.

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on August 09, 2013
at 04:36 PM

I have a VERY similar body type (5'3'', curvy, 124ish lbs). My weight changes a lot (read: sometimes my diet is good, sometimes it is absolutely awful), so I know what I look like at every weight between around 115-130.

My abs show up (not a six pack, but lookin' pretty flat and toned) around 117-ish pounds, so my guess is if you lost 3-5 pounds of fat, you would have a similar experience. You will, however, also lose almost a dress size. As you mentioned, that's inconvenient (petite people problems). Your choice.

In terms of exercise, just keep doing what you're doing. Your abs ARE in there, should you ever decide you want to see them.

At my current weight, I will never have washboard abs, but a day before I want them to look more washboard-y, I flush myself with lemon water, avoid bloat-inducing foods (for me, broc/cauliflower/actually most fodmaps) and knock back a couple glasses of red wine. That plus a cup of coffee in the morning and I'm feeling prett-y skinny. Obviously that is purely cosmetic. And also maybe not that good for you to blast yourself with diuretics. But sometimes, a girl's gotta go on a date/get in a bikini.

Hope that helps!

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on August 09, 2013
at 11:22 AM

You sound like you have a great, healthy, fit body. Accept it and enjoy it!

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on August 09, 2013
at 07:51 AM

Though this may not be true for everyone, visible (sixpack) abs are usually only reached by maintaining low bodyfat. Genetics also play a role, as the abdominal muscle structure will affect how your abs look. For example, I can never have "eightpack" abs, while a friend of mine has visible eightpack abs with >12% bodyfat.

Question is: How important is a cut stomach for you? You seem quite content, and with good reason. My advice would be: Don't let sixpack abs rule your workout and eating patterns.

To answer your question: Lowering bodyfat may be necessary here. I'd also recommend trying out abdominal vacuum excercises, which may - over time - really reduce the 'puffiness' in your midsection.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on August 09, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Thanks! I do vacuum's everyday (when I remember!).

75d9b8386ab3e657a08bc1b73dd352be

(65)

on August 09, 2013
at 02:10 PM

If you put some reminders throughout the house, they'll become a habit soon enough!

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on August 09, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Ive got visible abs, but it cost me a full cupsize to get them! And I believe genetics play a huge part, as I have the small upper body and a larger bottom end, so no matter what I do, I have chunky thighs and calves, and no amount of fasting, squats, diet will budge the shape of them. Your body shape sounds nice, so if you invested in a bikini with the clothes you bought, id be rocking it!

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on August 09, 2013
at 07:37 AM

The opening of your question sounded like a write up for Plenty of Fish! And then it turned to belly fat :-)

"I love my size and I've already invested in quality clothes that fit! "

Hmmm...everything is a bit contradictory to the sentence above...but...you might want to try Intermittent Fasting, BUT, read up on it a lot first, since you're happy for the most part, invest some time in what might work best for you from this point forward, because as I've read, when you IF, and by you, I mean a women, it can have different effects than it does for a men.

Also note that everything I???ve said is based on you having laser focus with what you eat and have already tweaked it with no resulting fat loss.

Truth.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on August 09, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I do love my size - I don't want to be smaller than this, but it'd be nice to see a washboard stomach. If it doesn't happen, I won't cry over it. To answer your questions: I consider my diet "very clean." It does not contain any junk, gluten, refined sugar, or commercially processed foods. I do practice intermittent fasting. Thanks for your comment.

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on August 09, 2013
at 04:08 PM

I've got visible 'abs' while I can still pinch an inch. It has as much to do with developing the abdominal muscles as with loosing the fat. Regular toes-to-bar keep my belly fat sculpted into a six-pack. Do you do that type of exercise? If not, start hanging from a bar and doing single leg raises, double bent leg raises. As your abs develop, they'll organize all that stored energy.

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on August 09, 2013
at 11:16 AM

I wonder if the answer is more psychological - simply become content with how you look which I am sure is a look most men on here would like to see. I bet you aren't fat in any sense at all. Lots of people who have body dysmorphia see someone fatter than they really are in the mirror.

You're my height. In the UK you could get down to about 112 pounds (at the very very least) and still be a healthy BMI so if you really want to be slimmer try that but I always think glamour models look a lot nicer and sexier and healthier and tend in the UK to be about your weight than women at 112 pounds or less.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on August 09, 2013
at 01:41 PM

I don't give one hoot about the look that men prefer, but I appreciate the spirit of your comment. I agree that this is a body acceptance issue that needs to be resolved in my head. Thanks, as always, for the good advice!

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