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My belly sticks out.


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I have a very boyish figure, no hips, no boobs. My lower belly has always sticked out, like a perfect 'bump' it's not flabby and jiggly, it just sticks out.. quite a bit. It's something i've gotten used to and sort of accepted, but i was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to maybe 'flatten' it?

i workout and eat pretty normally (for me!) right now and im happy with my weight which is healthy, so i don't want to lose any.

My belly always looks slightly bloated, and it is more noticable because im so flat chested!!! Any thoughts???

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thanks, but im still not sure what im looking for?

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well if you go out alot stop going out so much and workout like crunches or sit ups.

when did i say i go out a lot? :S

Original Post by lowri93:

I have a very boyish figure, no hips, no boobs. My lower belly has always sticked out, like a perfect 'bump' it's not flabby and jiggly, it just sticks out.. quite a bit. It's something i've gotten used to and sort of accepted, but i was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to maybe 'flatten' it?

i workout and eat pretty normally (for me!) right now and im happy with my weight which is healthy, so i don't want to lose any.

My belly always looks slightly bloated, and it is more noticable because im so flat chested!!! Any thoughts???

ED alert.

You weight 103lbs - your belly doesn't stick out, you have body dysmorphia.

 

That's a bit of an assumption. I know I'm not fat by far, probably considered a bit skinny. My problem was that my stomach STICKS OUT?!? Not flabby/fat I was just asking for some advice/experiance incase it could be caused by inproper excersize/food intolerece?! That might cause it to look bloated all the time??
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I used to have the same problem and for me I had to cut out most gluten from my diet and I really watch my sodium intake. I also did a lot of core strengthening exercises that focused on the lower abdominals. Also, don't listen to the previous posters, at my smallest I had a 24 inch waist and my lower stomach DID stick out and I didn't have an ED. I think it's rude to accuse someone of that and rude to assume you go out. Hope my comment helps :)
Carly: thank you! My sodium intake is fine since I'm not a massive fan of salty foods like crisps etc. But you could be right about the gluten since I also have bad digestion problems. Did your bloated belly go down after you cut out gluten?? Exactly I have NOOOO intention of losing weight because 1) even when I was 80pounds I still had this bump! And 2) I'm already too skinny on top so I'd rather gain a bit than lose!!

I just wish my belly would be more in proportion with the rest of me..! Xx

I guess you could have a hysterectomy and then the muscles and fat protecting the uterus wouldn't be needed to protect a potential fetus and then you won't have that "belly"- 

It's there for a purpose, it is not "fat" I  have 2 daughters who are skinny and they have that little bit of a bump as well.  I honestly don't know any woman of child bearing age that doesn't have it - except maybe severe anorexics, but I don't know any of those.  but even skinny figure models have that bump.  Get over it, it's because you are female.

Last poster: completely useless advice. Get a hysterectomy? Are you trying to be funny?

I've gained twenty odd pounds because I want to be fertile and I realise fat is important!!, my problem is a BLOATED belly not fat.

Geez, I often forget how narrow minded some posters are on these thread. I guess you assume I'm some self obsessed ditsy who wants the 'perfect body' well I don't!! I was just asking for a bit of advice!
Original Post by lowri93:

thanks, but im still not sure what im looking for?

Like I said, just get stronger. There are three things that contribute to how your belly looks: genetics, body fat, and muscle. You can't do anything about your genetics, and lowering your body weight isn't an option. So the only thing that leaves is to get stronger and gain some muscle. Here is a strong girl that is about the same size as you. Her stomach looks pretty good.

Original Post by carlymaek:

I used to have the same problem and for me I had to cut out most gluten from my diet and I really watch my sodium intake. I also did a lot of core strengthening exercises that focused on the lower abdominals. Also, don't listen to the previous posters, at my smallest I had a 24 inch waist and my lower stomach DID stick out and I didn't have an ED. I think it's rude to accuse someone of that and rude to assume you go out. Hope my comment helps :)


Its not an accusation that she has an ED... I just bothered to read her personal info before

If her belly really does stick out... its because she has no fat or muscle anywhere else.  Fixating on single body parts is pretty common in body dysmorphia and there is a pretty common intersection between body dysmorphia and EDs. 

My stomach always seemed to stick out more when I weighed less. It just looks bigger in proportion to your body (your intestines/food/drink have to go somewhere!). Probably nothing you can do, unless you gained weight to make the rest of your body bigger so that your stomach wouldn't look as big. I'm sure it really isn't as noticeable to anyone but yourself.

Avoid bloating foods such as broccoli , refined grains , spices , soda , salty food , too much caffeine ect ...

Increase your fiber intake to get a better digestion.

And work out on the tummy area , get some ABS :D you can check out all the exercise you need online ( like on youtube ! )

 

Good luck !!!! :)

I have a similar body type -- thin & not very curvy. I've had this exact problem for as long as I can remember. My belly sticks out, and it's definitely not fat. I don't have much fat on my stomach at all. I do not have an eating disorder or body dysmorphia. This is a common thing among thin women. A lot of my thinner, female friends experience it as well. I think not having a lot of curves makes the natural bloating of your belly a lot more noticeable.

When you wake up in the morning, does your stomach appear flat? I've noticed this with myself. When I wake up my stomach is perfectly flat, and if I look in the mirror before I go to bed, there's a bump. I've started eating a lot more protein as I've started working out. Despite the fact that I've increased my calories, my stomach sticks out LESS now. I'm not sure if this is directly attributed to the protein specifically, or just that I'm eating less gluten and other things. I feel like this is something you have to learn to live with for the most part, but can definitely be affected by diet. I'm not sure if my ab workouts have helped yet, but I have a feeling they might make the bump appear less as I become stronger.

I understand where you're coming from because this is very annoying, but if it's consolation, really no one else notices this. They see a thin girl, they're not looking at a little bump.

Aw, don't worry, trust me it's normal if you're on the skinny-side! I am too, and I always get up in the morning and it's sort of flat, and each time after eating the bump... grows haha. I think it's just that for girls with slightly more body fat you don't really notice the shape of the stomach so much. My only suggestion is to eat lower volume-higher calorie foods (chocolate and nut butters are my personal faves ;)) and less bulky stuff like celery. 

 

Wow... whats with all the attacking on this! Poor thing!

I've had something similar - I always had a really flat stomach, and was very skinny (fast metabolism). I gained a little weight as I got older, and was still very skinny, but my stomach stuck out. It bothered me a lot.... and then I realized, it was because I'd always had the blessing of being skinny- I didn't have the muscles built up on my stomach to 'hold everything in'.  My suggestion would be just to work on your core strength... and not to listen to some of the horrible people on here!

Your shapely belly is perfectly normal, there is nothing you should try to do about, except to love it!

Completely different approach, a friend of mine in college had the same problem, she was thin, but her belly began to stick out, everyone (including her) assumed it was the freshmen fifteen, but it ended up being a large cyst. If not diet/exercise changes help, you might want to consult a doctor.

I have the exact same problem - I've always been thin (extremely rake-thin growing up), post-children I'm still thin, but I've always had my lower belly stick out... I know exactly what you mean - where some girls have a completely 'flat' tummy, the lower part of my stomach sticks out a bit, pretty much at my belly button, or maybe it dips in and then out? dunno. Selena Gomez seems to have this too, if you're looking for a 'famous' example..

I've always put it down to genetics.. if there is something I can do about it, great! Let me know, but at this point (I'm 32) I've resigned to the fact that it will always be there. 

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