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Belly fat loss in women

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2011 at 1:56 AM

I've been strict low carb paleo for about 7 months and have lost about 45 pounds. I'm breastfeeding. I have another 45-50 pounds to go. My issue is I feel like I'm losing weight everywhere except for my stomach. Case in point: My hipslinger jeans size has gone from a 22 to a 16 but I still have to wear a xxl (or 2x) on top unless it's a loose around the waist. I can see the fat loss in my face, my legs, arms, and my butt but my stomach is just hanging there. I feel extremely unfeminine with my lack of a waist. I know, it has to do with having a baby 9 months ago but is there anything I can do? I had a c-section but I don't know if that changes things. I can feel muscle underneath the pudge. I wear my 24 pound son in an ergo everywhere we go and feel perfectly strong doing it even carrying a butt load of groceries from the parking lot down the street to our apartment so I don't think I've been losing muscle mass. (yes... buttload is a technical term.)

I eat plenty of offal, grassfed meat, some cafo beef, seafood, dark leafy greens, berries, once a week I eat a potato or some soaked/soured buckwheat, take cod liver oil, natural calm, k-2, etc. I completely avoid gluten, sugar, PUFA oils, and other NADS.

Is this a hormonal thing? If so, what could I do about it? I don't know if this is related but I also have some psoriasis on my elbows and knees that only developed since after my pregnancy. My allergenist just handed me a script for topical steroid but I never filled it because of my breastfeeding. Thoughts?

Please don't say stress because I swear on my mother's left toe, I'm not stressed. My baby is the most mellow, happy little dude I've ever met and I have a very low key existence. :-)

C80f784a14057bc7faf19426a5f57530

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:37 PM

I'd like to see the postpartum pics you mentioned, but can't find them on your site...?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 31, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Bree~ I worked with a client who had some eczema pop up after her (unwanted) C-section. We tapped on her grief, rage and feelings of helplessness about the C-section and her eczema disappeared (over a few days.)

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on August 30, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Dragonfly could you please elaborate on this for me please "Alternatively, it could be an emotional somatic reaction from the challenges of your birth. EFT is good for clearing that type of thing" I'm curious about this maybe being my issue with weight loss as nothing has helped (diet, excercise etc) since having my son

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Umm, isn't it generally the opposite?

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on August 26, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Ever get your cortisol tested, Shari?

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Yes I agree...women who wear their regular jeans home from the hospital and so forth. That was never me.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 26, 2011
at 07:47 AM

What Travis? Low carb is giving her belly fat?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 26, 2011
at 05:17 AM

Sorry I don't have a reference for you here because I can't remember which book it was in, but I've read that antibiotics in their own right can cause a long lasting increase in waist size. Have you tried any intensive probiotic therapy?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on August 26, 2011
at 05:14 AM

I didn't lose weight until after weaning with both of my babies...I was envious of friends who just ate whatever they felt like while nursing, and were thinner than they were before being pregnant within months of giving birth...then again, I always have to work for it; wonky metabolism.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 26, 2011
at 05:12 AM

I have the same thing going on with my belly, and I'm breastfeeding a 2 year old. I've started calling it my "mama yolk".

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on August 26, 2011
at 05:01 AM

You could try eating carbs right before bed so you still get the benefit of increased satiety during the day and lower insulin during activity but with lower cortisol due to glycogen being better repleted.

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:41 AM

May be the low carb that is causing excess abdominal fat to build up.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:50 AM

GAPS is a great idea. Alternatively, it could be an emotional somatic reaction from the challenges of your birth. EFT is good for clearing that type of thing.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:42 AM

yeah... its driving me nuts. I never had it in the past. My Allergist wanted me to get a gluten test, which I'll get around to doing. I watch for gluten contamination already, so I don't really see the hurry. It'll just confirm what I'm already doing. My gut got all screwed up after the birth because I was induced (8 rounds of penicillin during the induction,) and then more after the c-section. AGHHH!!) That's the only thing I can think of with the psorisis. When I'm done breastfeeding I'll probably go hard core GAPS for a while and see if that fixes it.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 26, 2011
at 03:21 AM

+1. Same for me.

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on August 26, 2011
at 03:18 AM

It's been my personal experience, that even when doing everything right, belly fat is the last to go.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Still curious about your psoriasis then...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Glad you were sufficient! Good to get tested every 6 months.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:55 AM

My vitamin D a few months ago was 65. I continue to take my cod liver oil and D3 so I doubt it's vitamin D.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Well... I am losing weight effortlessly... I'm just losing it in an annoying way that tends to make me look like an apple on top of two stilts. haha My top priority is eating nutrient dense foods for my baby.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 02:41 AM

Lol. I only wish I was as far along as you when I was breast feeding. It's going to turn out great.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Yeah I do a once a week refeed (I just started doing this about 3 or 4 weeks ago) before that I was VLC 24/7. Thanks for the personal experience/ encouragement.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:33 AM

yeah he's my first. My cycle hasn't returned yet since we're still nursing at night. I'd love to intermittent fast. I've heard it works like a charm. I tried to do it a few months ago and failed miserably... I get a snack attack after his before bed feed. Hahaha I think that feed in particular he must just suck the life out of me.

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7a75987d21ac9e7cbaf98de88d62878e

on August 26, 2011
at 02:38 AM

Some women lose weight like magic with bfing and some just can't shake the weight until their babes are weaned. Your body needs to be sure it has a ton of extra nourishment for your babe and you may just be in the unlucky crowd to store excess fat while breastfeeding. You can try upping your fat, lowering high sugar fruits. If your babe wakes up a lot, you could be storing fat due to lack of sleep hormonal stresses on the body.

Way to go on nursing your wee one and keeping active. It sounds like you are doing everything right and you may just need to give it a lot of time to get your body in the shape you want. Probably the most important thing to consider is that you are giving your baby the best start and your body is doing what it can to do this for your baby.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Well... I am losing weight effortlessly... I'm just losing it in an annoying way that tends to make me look like an apple on top of two stilts. haha My top priority is eating nutrient dense foods for my baby.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Is this your first? It took over a year for my belly to go back down with both babies. And...my cycle, eye-sight, mood and energy did not stabilize for a whole year after I stopped breastfeeding-- which I attribute to hormones. I know it's hard to be patient with it--it will come off. Give it some time and just keep on. You've got plenty of time.

The only thing I would suggest is to try some intermittent fasting after you're done breastfeeding. That sucked my belly right down.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 02:41 AM

Lol. I only wish I was as far along as you when I was breast feeding. It's going to turn out great.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Yes I agree...women who wear their regular jeans home from the hospital and so forth. That was never me.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:33 AM

yeah he's my first. My cycle hasn't returned yet since we're still nursing at night. I'd love to intermittent fast. I've heard it works like a charm. I tried to do it a few months ago and failed miserably... I get a snack attack after his before bed feed. Hahaha I think that feed in particular he must just suck the life out of me.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on August 26, 2011
at 05:14 AM

I didn't lose weight until after weaning with both of my babies...I was envious of friends who just ate whatever they felt like while nursing, and were thinner than they were before being pregnant within months of giving birth...then again, I always have to work for it; wonky metabolism.

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:31 AM

My daughter is 13 months and we are still BF also! We also love our ERgo! Like you my belly is still much bigger than I would like. With my 1st daughter I had a c-section but my weight came off quicker and belly shrunk quicker than with this second one that I had VBAC... so who knows? A lot of my friends say that they held on to extra weight and abdominal fat while bfing. I can now relate! I have to eat so much to maintain my milk supply. I too can feel and see more muscles on my stomach but can't get rid of this layer of fat on top! I think maybe I eat too many nuts and maybe a bit too much fruit. Congrats to you for losing so much weight! I for sure could tell instantly how I started toning up and dropping sizes once going to Paleo, but have only lost 2-3 lbs. So I know this is working. I have accepted the fact that I will weigh a little more than I want and will have some extra abdominal fat while brestfeeding. It is WORTH it!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 26, 2011
at 05:12 AM

I have the same thing going on with my belly, and I'm breastfeeding a 2 year old. I've started calling it my "mama yolk".

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 26, 2011
at 07:24 AM

Another thing that could be at play here is the separation of the abdominal muscles down the middle of your belly. It is pretty common during and after pregnancy. That combined with the extra skin we develop stretching our bellies out to carry babies, can make our middle bits hang out in spite of losing weight elsewhere. Here's a link about abdominal muscle separation if you are interested: http://www.befitmom.com/abdominal_separation.html

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on August 26, 2011
at 06:58 AM

Unfortunately you dont get to pick where the fat comes off. However keep going and it will come off. Great job on the Breast Feeding!

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:49 AM

It's a hormonal thing. We women are programmed to hold onto fat in that area so it is always the last fat to be shed.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Umm, isn't it generally the opposite?

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:29 AM

I'd say go as low carb as your body feels good on, I have about 3 servings a week - anymore than that I notice belly bloating and stalled weight loss (smaller weekly, but still a loss). You can see the changes in my belly on our site, but it WILL happen. I've had 3 c-sections... I have extra skin but now have developed a waist that I'm sure will continue to emerge the more weight I lose.

Totally normal to lose that last, especially with that much weight (like me) you were probably insulin resistant and it stores there...

Stacy

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Yeah I do a once a week refeed (I just started doing this about 3 or 4 weeks ago) before that I was VLC 24/7. Thanks for the personal experience/ encouragement.

C80f784a14057bc7faf19426a5f57530

(60)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:37 PM

I'd like to see the postpartum pics you mentioned, but can't find them on your site...?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:49 AM

If your Vitamin D is deficient, your hormones will be out of balance & make fat loss difficult. I've seen this in several of the moms I work with.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:42 AM

yeah... its driving me nuts. I never had it in the past. My Allergist wanted me to get a gluten test, which I'll get around to doing. I watch for gluten contamination already, so I don't really see the hurry. It'll just confirm what I'm already doing. My gut got all screwed up after the birth because I was induced (8 rounds of penicillin during the induction,) and then more after the c-section. AGHHH!!) That's the only thing I can think of with the psorisis. When I'm done breastfeeding I'll probably go hard core GAPS for a while and see if that fixes it.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:50 AM

GAPS is a great idea. Alternatively, it could be an emotional somatic reaction from the challenges of your birth. EFT is good for clearing that type of thing.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on August 26, 2011
at 02:55 AM

My vitamin D a few months ago was 65. I continue to take my cod liver oil and D3 so I doubt it's vitamin D.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Glad you were sufficient! Good to get tested every 6 months.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 26, 2011
at 05:17 AM

Sorry I don't have a reference for you here because I can't remember which book it was in, but I've read that antibiotics in their own right can cause a long lasting increase in waist size. Have you tried any intensive probiotic therapy?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 26, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Still curious about your psoriasis then...

Medium avatar

(12379)

on August 30, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Dragonfly could you please elaborate on this for me please "Alternatively, it could be an emotional somatic reaction from the challenges of your birth. EFT is good for clearing that type of thing" I'm curious about this maybe being my issue with weight loss as nothing has helped (diet, excercise etc) since having my son

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 31, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Bree~ I worked with a client who had some eczema pop up after her (unwanted) C-section. We tapped on her grief, rage and feelings of helplessness about the C-section and her eczema disappeared (over a few days.)

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