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Subcutaneous fat consistency and diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM

I'm around 10% body fat, and trying to continue leaning out, but I still have a bit of a spare tire (maybe a bike tire) on my stomach going about 2-3 inches below my navel. Some days, my skin will be tight to my muscles and the fat will feel "solid;" on others, it's squishier and I can pull the skin out a couple inches. The changes happen too fast to be fat gain/loss, and I'm not sure what else to call it.

I usually notice these changes (mostly from "solid" to "flabby") when I consume a lot of calories, or a good amount of high-GI carbs (raisins, cranberries). Has anyone else experienced something like this, or seen anything addressing it? Is the change dietary? Am I simply imagining it?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 17, 2012
at 11:43 PM

Water retention can also be affected by protein consumed, not just salt and fluid volume.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on April 17, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Nalgene? Yuck! Please switch to glass, or stainless steel. If you want a free glass bottle, buy a 750ml S. Pellegrino, drink it, wash it out and refill it.

Fab409ac4a30957e3ed508514f7bff02

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Just an aside, maybe this will cause somebody to think of something. Every gram of glycogen gets stored with 2-4 grams of water (depends on who you read). So your high gi foods could cause some water retention that way but I don't see how that would effect your spare tire.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:23 AM

Oh and to address corbab's comment, drinking more water is another option as more water will help flush the retention out. Counterintuitive but true.

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Highly doubtful. I drink at least 4 liters of water a day, finishing a liter inside of 10 minutes (gotta love nalgenes!), and I don't notice this in any relation to that. I've also played around with salt intake, and it doesn't seem to be affected by that either.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 17, 2012
at 02:13 PM

Good rule for leaning out: if you can pinch more than what you can pinch on the back of your hand, then it's subcutaneous fat.

If you are ~10% BF, you unfortunately might have a little more to go. Some men seem to be super-lean at 10%, other's not until 8% or so.

My vote is that it's not water retention if you can pinch any substantial thickness of skin there -- beyond 3-4 millimeters, then it's probably subcutaneous fat.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Could be water retention?

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Highly doubtful. I drink at least 4 liters of water a day, finishing a liter inside of 10 minutes (gotta love nalgenes!), and I don't notice this in any relation to that. I've also played around with salt intake, and it doesn't seem to be affected by that either.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 17, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Nalgene? Yuck! Please switch to glass, or stainless steel. If you want a free glass bottle, buy a 750ml S. Pellegrino, drink it, wash it out and refill it.

Fab409ac4a30957e3ed508514f7bff02

(295)

on April 17, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Just an aside, maybe this will cause somebody to think of something. Every gram of glycogen gets stored with 2-4 grams of water (depends on who you read). So your high gi foods could cause some water retention that way but I don't see how that would effect your spare tire.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 17, 2012
at 11:43 PM

Water retention can also be affected by protein consumed, not just salt and fluid volume.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 17, 2012
at 06:34 PM

10% bodyfat is low enough for a man.
How is your posture? Bad posture can make you look like you have a flabby belly.

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Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:22 AM

I'm with trjones and say water retention. For me higher calorie/carb/salt/whatever = water retention = more flab. And I almost always gain a couple pounds (or more) the next day and my uniform is a lot tighter. In order to keep myself sane and prove to myself its just water, I do the wedding ring test - my wedding rings are always harder to take off/put back on after one of those days. If it bothers you, drop the calories/carbs and you'll be good in a day or two. If not, I wouldn't let it bug you. At 10% you're doing great!

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:23 AM

Oh and to address corbab's comment, drinking more water is another option as more water will help flush the retention out. Counterintuitive but true.

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