Stubborn Body Fat? (picture)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 06, 2011 at 2:58 AM

Please, someone tell me what is going on with me. I have been strict paleo for about 3 and a half months and have never felt better. I do CrossFit 3x per week, with a day of heavy lifting in there. I have been doing the 16/8 IF and training fasted for about 3 weeks. Over these past few months, I have seen INCREDIBLE changes in my health, body, strength and performance. However, while I have lost a good amount of weight (10-15 pounds), I can't seem to shake what I have come to think of as "stubborn body fat." I am not fat and the rest of my body is coming along nicely. My problem is that I don't know if what I have should be worked on as stubborn body fat. Maybe it is just loose skin and will require surgery? I have no one that I can ask that would know so I reach out to you. Hopefully, someone has experienced something similar. I don't eat a lot of sugar, moderate nuts and fruit, and LOTS of meat and veggies. I feel like my diet is pretty on point and I just can't figure out what gives. A few more points: I get enough sleep and can't think of anything that would raise my cortisol levels. I also give myself plenty of time to recover between workouts. Thanks.

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on October 06, 2011
at 11:21 AM

Ahhhh ha ha ha. Shari. You made me laugh so hard. I can relate.



on October 06, 2011
at 06:15 AM

Hi, the pictures gone down, can you please repost it? Would like to see this :-)



on October 06, 2011
at 04:46 AM

k2 is not topical. those were separate statements. coconut oil topically and orally. The others just orally. #quiltdecoder


on October 06, 2011
at 04:19 AM

@Quilt: Yes, please elaborate. I was thinking that I wasn't the only one that has something like this, and any extra information would be helpful for me at the very least. And Shari, I'll try to stay away from odd angles and mirrors for a bit :)



on October 06, 2011
at 04:00 AM

That is definitely skin. I bet it doesn't look like that when you are standing up straight.



on October 06, 2011
at 03:39 AM

@ Quilt ... How do you take the K2 and turmeric as a supplement or add it to coconut oil topically...I have the exact same look (after letting go of 80lbs!!) I'm 45 so I thought that I was going to live with it..however if there may be a cure, that would be awesome!



on October 06, 2011
at 03:27 AM

LOL. Yeah, I should post a pic of my stubborn (very lower) abdominal fat. That would elucidate the difference. But I like you guys, so I won't hurt your eyeballs like that.



on October 06, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Plus one shari....add topical and oral coconut oil to areas and high dose k2, resveratrol, and turmeric......and if you can find some caprylic acid.....score.



on October 06, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Rick that is skin. Give your body some time to re-drape the skin over your new body. Just keep doing what you're doing and try not to bend over at the waist in front of a full-length mirror for a while.

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on October 06, 2011
at 06:57 AM

Like the others have said, it's skin, not fat.

Skin is surprisingly resilient and elastic, especially when you're younger (which you appear to be). I lost a considerable amount of weight, too, and had the same issue. It gradually went away, so I'm pretty sure yours will, too. :)



on October 06, 2011
at 03:57 AM

I've got something similar, but not quite so dramatic, having lost 40 lbs - maybe because my loss was spread over 6 months instead of 3, and I've maintained it for half a year (so it's slowly going away?)...

I like Shari's advice. And I suppose Quilt might have some insight worth paying attention to.



on October 06, 2011
at 11:48 AM

yep, skin! Loss of fat will do that. Definitely keep the skin as moist as you can and keep exercising, time is what you need!

Not sure if it will work, but pregnant women after having a baby will go buy a wrap with Velcro that they put tightly around this area for weeks, its to help the skin adhere back to the body. they wear it day and night for a few months and they swear by it. (I never heard of this for my pregnancies but my friends do it).

Its similar to a girdle effect but its a wrap, although any body hugging suit should work as long as there is consistent pressure. (be careful of things that have seams and leave marks on the skin)



on October 07, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Yup. Looks like skin to me too. Just keep doing what you are doing. Give it some time.

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