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More Veins Prominent in Hands and Forearms

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Ok so since starting Paleo and crossfitting in the summer of 2011 I have lost a little over 25 pounds. I am a high school athlete who had always struggled with weight issues. Lately I've been on a weight loss plateau but not inches plateau except in my stomach area which doesn't seem to get smaller ever. But I digress.

In the past couple of months, even though the scale is not budging, I've noticed that more of my veins in my forearms and hands are emerging like never before. I'm assuming that is just fat loss in that area of my body, but has anyone else experienced this themselves?

FYI: High school girl 5'7" in the 160 lbs.; extremely active with crossfit and my high school sports

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Yeah I think that is usually true for men and women, but my shorts sizes keep decreasing at a rapid pace while my shirts get bigger at a way slower pace. But I can't complain too much, something is always better than nothing.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on February 07, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Wow, that is exactly what I need to do. I am definitely going to be staying late at crossfit and putting in some work specifically on my core. Great advice!

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Yup. Fat loss...

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on February 06, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Other than what core workout comes out of crossfit itself and maybe a little tabata planks for a cool down like once every other week that would be a no. I am definitely going to dedicate some time every night for some core work and see what happens. Thanks for your help.

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on February 06, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I've noticed greater vascularity with increasing fitness, but it could be due to lower fat or just better vasodilation. If you've noticed a significant changes, it's likely body fat reduction.

Do you have fat calipers? That would be the most reliable way to try to measure subcutaneous fat changes in specific areas. It's not bulletproof but definitely better than guessing day-to-day what the changes have been.

If you don't have calipers, weekly progress photos are always useful. Same time of day, same lighting, same angles every time. Just doing it in the mirror is fine, consistency is the most important aspect. You'll be able to see changes much more easily by comparing photos. Trying to go off of memory is near impossible, and you won't notice changes in things you aren't really paying attention to.

RE your stomach, have you done any strengthening exercises for your TVA? Namely, stomach vacuums or planks? You can't spot reduce fat, but you can keep your stomach muscles taught with a strong TVA.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on February 06, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Other than what core workout comes out of crossfit itself and maybe a little tabata planks for a cool down like once every other week that would be a no. I am definitely going to dedicate some time every night for some core work and see what happens. Thanks for your help.

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Yes! I'm a 5'8", 130 lb, 24 year old female, and I've definitely noticed the exact same thing. I think you're spot on with the assumption of weight loss in the area being the cause. I'm also very active (though not with crossfit). I do lots of strength and endurance work and I swear I can see my veins more clearly with each workout. I can't say I mind it either!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 06, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Yup. Fat loss...

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:44 PM

I've noticed the same exact thing through my hands and forearms especially. I'm pretty similar stats to you. I try to do a core program every other day after my CF workout. Toe to bars and weighted GHD sit ups and extensions, planks, tabata with a med ball, side to side with the med ball, toe touches, benches and then floor sweepers, sets of 20-25 at a time with a 95 bar. been making a difference for sure =)

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on February 07, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Wow, that is exactly what I need to do. I am definitely going to be staying late at crossfit and putting in some work specifically on my core. Great advice!

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on February 06, 2012
at 01:30 AM

I had the same experience from fat loss.

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on February 06, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Yep, lower bodyfat in that area. You see pictures of the really lean bodybuilders, they're popping out all over. Not necessarily the most attractive thing when it's at the extreme though.

My recollection is the stomach's the last place to go for guys. I thought it was the hips/thighs/butt for women and not necessarily the belly, but we're all different.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on February 07, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Yeah I think that is usually true for men and women, but my shorts sizes keep decreasing at a rapid pace while my shirts get bigger at a way slower pace. But I can't complain too much, something is always better than nothing.

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