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Do processed carbs actually result in more belly fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 6:15 PM

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 08:20 PM

Oh, I know my boobs will never be 30Js and I won't get implants, I know perfection isn't possible. But as close as I can get to that naturally is what I want to do.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:53 PM

You and I have different opinions on what perfection is. But to meet your goals you may have to consider implants -- Coco's body is just not attainable without plastic surgery.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Well, my body fat was measured at 22%. I lift weights to get a good butt, although it's still not big enough to me. Perfection to me isn't supermodel skinny because that means small boobs/butt. If I could have my way, as I said above, I'd have literally 0% body fat on my stomach, and then big boobs, probably a 30J or so...and a 40" butt. That would be awesome.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:34 PM

What is perfection? Super model skinny? -- Sorry not my cup of tea. Cross fit style shredded abs? -- Awesome, but again not necessarily what I am looking for. *"I can pinch about an inch or so"* -- That's called skin, use a caliper if you want to know your body fat. "I wear a size 0 or 2" -- That's very thin. If you want a harder looking body lift weights. If you want a skinnier body I would suggest that would be a move away from perfection.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Well, I can pinch about an inch or so. I wear a size 0 or 2, so I'm probably thin (I'm 5'6" and 118 lb, I work out regularly) but since I don't make a habit of pinching other girls' tummies, I'm not sure if it's normal. I strive for perfection, not "looking fine", so I am not comfortable being "average". Not to be weird, but it's just what I want for myself. As close to perfect as possible.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I just wish I looked like that chick Angie Varona. So unfair that I was not born looking like her!

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:24 PM

It is all true. Except for what you wrote. 90 pounds with 30 J boobs would make for some long, flat boobs. You'd be an excellent person to take camping.

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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.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on December 03, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Oh, I know my boobs will never be 30Js and I won't get implants, I know perfection isn't possible. But as close as I can get to that naturally is what I want to do.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Well, I can pinch about an inch or so. I wear a size 0 or 2, so I'm probably thin (I'm 5'6" and 118 lb, I work out regularly) but since I don't make a habit of pinching other girls' tummies, I'm not sure if it's normal. I strive for perfection, not "looking fine", so I am not comfortable being "average". Not to be weird, but it's just what I want for myself. As close to perfect as possible.

F80562af67223c8b4a1668c0445e3cfc

(72)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Well, my body fat was measured at 22%. I lift weights to get a good butt, although it's still not big enough to me. Perfection to me isn't supermodel skinny because that means small boobs/butt. If I could have my way, as I said above, I'd have literally 0% body fat on my stomach, and then big boobs, probably a 30J or so...and a 40" butt. That would be awesome.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:53 PM

You and I have different opinions on what perfection is. But to meet your goals you may have to consider implants -- Coco's body is just not attainable without plastic surgery.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:34 PM

What is perfection? Super model skinny? -- Sorry not my cup of tea. Cross fit style shredded abs? -- Awesome, but again not necessarily what I am looking for. *"I can pinch about an inch or so"* -- That's called skin, use a caliper if you want to know your body fat. "I wear a size 0 or 2" -- That's very thin. If you want a harder looking body lift weights. If you want a skinnier body I would suggest that would be a move away from perfection.

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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.

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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.).

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