Just a question- I see everywhere that processed foods, especially processed carbs, cause fat to accumulate in the belly. But then I also see that your body type is your body type, and there's nothing you can do to change it or spot reduce. But according to paleo articles, you CAN change your body shape, at least a little bit, by cutting out "belly fat" foods. What is the truth behind this?
I am 23 and recently, for the first time, I have been able to pull a little fat off the area near my belly button which is really upsetting me. In an ideal world, I would weigh 90 lb, and wear a size 30J bra, and have 40" hips, but obviously that isn't going to happen. I can only hope to get rid of this little bit of fat on my belly. Since I am a pear shape I should not be gaining weight in the stomach (I never have before) and I don't want to lose weight all over because I don't want my breasts or butt getting smaller. I just don't know why I have this little bit of fat on my stomach...it should not be there...any help is great.
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on December 03, 2012
at 06:23 PM
What are we talking about here? A little bit of belly fat? That's normal -- and healthy for a woman. 20% body fat is the low end of the healthy range for women.
Or are we talking a lot of belly fat?
Truthfully, our diet can change how we store fat, but not where. You cannot spot train or spot diet your way out of belly fat, especially lower belly fat. Only way to deal with it is to loose body fat and/or gain lean body.
on December 04, 2012
at 02:16 AM
I am exactly your size: 5'6", 118 pounds, size 2. I am an active person, but I don't work out in a gym, and I also have a small amount of "pinchable" stuff around my midsection. I have to tell you that I have been thinner before (a size 00 and as low as about 107 pounds) and I certainly did not look more attractive though I did have a perfectly flat tummy. I've never had an eating disorder -- I lost weight mostly as a result of being active, stressed out, not sleeping very well, and actually eating mostly processed carbs (since they were fast, easy, and cheap) and very few animal products. It's nearly impossible to lose weight selectively -- it came off my breasts and all of my curvy parts just as it came off my thighs and tummy!
I feel and look much better at this weight, and I actually would not mind another 10 pounds or so IF I gained it eating good-quality food.
on December 03, 2012
at 08:37 PM
This is sort of speculative at this point, but I personally believe certain conditions (e.g. a permeable gut) can allow pathogenic bacteria from the gut to get into the blood stream and favor increased belly fat.
I don't think this is inherently a consequence of eating refined carbohydrates, but I think they can play a role by not providing the factors found in whole food sources of carbs that protect against this (e.g. fiber, magnesium, phytonutrients, etc.).