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What does it mean when your fat turns from hard to soft?

Commented on April 17, 2015
Created June 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

What does it mean when your usually hard, dense fat turns to soft, squishy fat?

Does that mean you're losing weight or going through a body recomp?

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on August 21, 2012
at 08:41 PM

I don't want to read Taubes, if that is what he writes about on his book

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on August 21, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Fat doesn't mobilize from one part to another

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on August 20, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Thanks for the laugh! :)

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on June 24, 2012
at 07:18 AM

It's not really bloated...it's just a lot softer and squishier...like you can mould it

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on June 17, 2012
at 07:01 PM

For me, I get "squishy fat" they day after I down some beers with friends, or if I eat too many carbs the day before. This squishy fat is what bodybuilders and the like call "bloat". You'll get this with binging on junk food too. You lose the bloat when you restrict carbs.

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on June 17, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I guess you folks haven't read Taubes' long book. If I am understanding the question correctly there is proportionately saturated fat on your torso than your limbs.

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on June 16, 2012
at 07:43 PM

The fat cells are there forever (unless you have liposuction) but you can shrink 'em down!

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Okay, this response is ridiculous. This is not at all similar to what is happening inside our bodies and with our lipid stores...

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on June 16, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Interesting. I really like the way you explained that.

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on June 15, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I'm... er, what?

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on June 15, 2012
at 11:06 PM

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on June 15, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Human fat cells 'fill up' with fat, it is only in the severely OBESE that new fat cells are created. So, think of them like water balloons, the more fat inside, the more firm, the less fat inside, the less firm.

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on June 16, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Interesting. I really like the way you explained that.

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on June 15, 2012
at 10:40 PM

It means your fat is no longer excited. Sorry, its Friday.

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on August 20, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Thanks for the laugh! :)

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on June 15, 2012
at 08:58 PM

It means the density of your fat deposits is decreasing, it's a good sign, it's happening to me too

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on June 15, 2012
at 10:41 PM

It usually means that I'm about to drop a few pounds. My "firm" fat gets loose and mushy, and then disappears. It's a good sign!

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:04 AM

I tend to get a very firm, dense belly that takes forever to go away. Whenever I've lost weight, it's the last fat standing--and the first to return whenever I've regained weight.

After many months of watching my fat deposits shrink everywhere else but on my belly (I've lost 2-1/2 inches off my calves, but only 1 inch from my waist), it's finally getting soft and "cottage cheese-y" looking, and it even hangs differently--my belly now looks sort of droopy, instead of a firm mound. And yes, that means it's finally starting to shrink.

I'm pretty happy with it. That, and today's realization that my boobs have shrunk enough to fit back into my bras, so I don't have to buy new ones.

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I asked my ND about this, why do I feel so much more squishy lately?! She gave me lots of reasons, one of them being that my body has a lot less inflammation than it did in the prior months.

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on June 16, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Glycogen storage also plays a role in fat "squishiness." If you go heavy on the carbs, your body replenishes your glycogen stores. In storing glycogen, your body also retains water (I believe it's 4g of water for every 1g of glycogen), which can make you look/feel bloated. This will go away in a few days of good eating and exercise.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on June 17, 2012
at 07:01 PM

For me, I get "squishy fat" they day after I down some beers with friends, or if I eat too many carbs the day before. This squishy fat is what bodybuilders and the like call "bloat". You'll get this with binging on junk food too. You lose the bloat when you restrict carbs.

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(1489)

on June 24, 2012
at 07:18 AM

It's not really bloated...it's just a lot softer and squishier...like you can mould it

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on June 16, 2012
at 12:20 AM

Thanks for asking this question as this is happening to me. I thought it had to do with my menopause and shift of hormones. I am having a hard time losing weight, but I have changed my paleo-based diet some, too.

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on June 15, 2012
at 10:42 PM

It's interesting that fat is not really static. Your body is constantly using and replacing it with newer fat. I Always thought that any fat I had was there forever, bur it's not the case.

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on June 16, 2012
at 07:43 PM

The fat cells are there forever (unless you have liposuction) but you can shrink 'em down!

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on January 06, 2013
at 09:36 PM

Hello, this answer is quite late, but lady, you can know about types of fat, weight loss and specially conflicting results between researchers on which type of fat is better lost through diet or calorie burning.

Losing Hard Fat Vs. Soft Fat

Visceral fat, or hard fat, is found deep within the abdominal cavity in the spaces between internal organs. Visceral fat is associated with metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, according to Harvard Medical School. In women, it is linked with breast cancer and gallbladder problems. Subcutaneous fat, or soft fat, lies beneath the skin and accumulates mostly in the lower body. Hormones and heredity affect where your body fat is distributed.

Good day.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/342237-losing-hard-fat-vs-soft-fat/#ixzz2HEVs9pdz

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on June 15, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Where does it store polyunsaturated fat? In your ass?

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on June 15, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Pretty sure it's both. In my experience, Fat gets "fluffier" before mobilizing (either out of the body or somewhere else in the body).

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on August 21, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Fat doesn't mobilize from one part to another

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on June 15, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Dense fat tends to be saturated fat. Loose fat is the unsaturated kind. Your body naturally stores more unsaturated fat in your limbs and more saturated fat on your torso. Taubes talks about this at length in Good Calories, Bad Calories. It seems that you are losing unsaturated fat at a fast rate. This is a good thing.

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on April 17, 2015
at 02:25 PM

Oh hurrah!   Thanks so much.

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on June 15, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I'm... er, what?

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on June 15, 2012
at 11:06 PM

<<>> - WRONG

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Okay, this response is ridiculous. This is not at all similar to what is happening inside our bodies and with our lipid stores...

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on June 17, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I guess you folks haven't read Taubes' long book. If I am understanding the question correctly there is proportionately saturated fat on your torso than your limbs.

Medium avatar

(3213)

on August 21, 2012
at 08:41 PM

I don't want to read Taubes, if that is what he writes about on his book

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