I have had this "tummy dent" for longer than I can remember, even when I was very thin. Does anyone else have this? Or have you had it?
What I want to know is where does it come from and will I ever be able to get rid of it?
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Forget the ab workouts ladies (well, don't--ab workouts are great, but you can't spot reduce). I think the only way to get ride of that baby is liposuction and....YUCK.
Oh THAT dent. Yes, I have one of those. But mine is more of a ledge, like husseyal's. I was hoping you were talking about the dent ABOVE the belly button, which I've had all my life, even at my healthiest.
When I was a high school athlete in great shape, I had a 4-pack. There was a nice vertical line down the middle, but also this horizontal dent above my belly. Needless to say, it's not so hot with a layer of fat on top - like having a forestomach. Here's to staving off that appetite!!
Anyone else have a similar affliction?
Original Post by sakhmet:
Anyone else have a similar affliction?
Although I don't (never had a six pack in my life), one of my good girl friends has the same thing. She was a gymmnast for nearly 10 years then switched to diving in high school. After dropping that she's gained some weight but through it all, she always had this line going straight across her middle right at her waist.
I always assumed it was from her slouching over at a computer or reading or homework that she always did. Hmmm
Let me clarify about my previous post. It seems someone either did not look at the article I posted or assumed that the use of the word diet meant non fat foods only.
So to quote jenmcc "A fat-free diet is NOT the answer! Dr Oz even "prescribes" a handful of walnuts each and every day. "
You are absolutely correct a fat-free diet is not the answer and the Abs diet is the same approach Dr. Oz uses "fruits & veggies, whole grains, no refined carbs or processed foods,no trans-fats and reduced saturated fats.... but including a focus on increasing omega 3 fats"
The Abs diet also recommends Nuts (walnuts as well as Almonds), beans, lean meats and fish high in Omega 3 fats, olive oil, eggs, and Peanut and other nut butters.
So lets make sure we have the facts straight before we jump up and criticize. I have read Dr. Oz's theory and it is a good one so is the Abs diet. So is any other diet theory that encourages you to veer away from processed foods and eat more vegetables.
You NEED fat in your diet but you need good fats the kind that benefit you.
Diets such as these educate you on how to know the difference. The focus is on improving the over all health of your body and through the correct foods allowing your body to work more efficiently and reap the benefits.
So jenmcc I am not saying you are wrong I am agreeing with you but there are other approaches out there that run in the same circle as Dr. Oz.
Original Post by kajikit:
A larger woman (like me) has a major overhang there, not just a dent!
HAHA AMEN SISTER!
The omentum post is slightly misleading and not medically accurate. The omentum isa visceral fat -- which means it is around the internal organs. It does notprotrude from beyond the internal wall of the abdomen, travel down and do the "Dunlap" ... [as in my belly dun lapped over my pants ] The omentum can get large and cause the belly to expand, sort of like adding air in a balloon, but the downward hang, the roll and resulting crease is plain old body fat...the kind that a plastic surgeon will target in liposuction. In medicine we call the "belly Dunlap" a panniculus... a pannus if it is located in an area other than the abdomen. So the concept of an enlarged omentum potentially causing an increase in girth is true, but it is not associated with the "dent" that I think was originally posted.
Belladonna - I don't think I ever disagreed with you. Honestly, I didn't even read your post before I wrote mine - I just read the original post and responded to that. Sounds like we're advocating the same basic diet!
nvbutton - interesting! Thanks for the info; I never claimed I was a doctor and I do assume people are smart enough to read what I write critically. This makes sense, but is there really no way to rid one of this without plastic surgery?
Cuz if that's the case... well then... it's the way your body is built and gee maybe we should just accept that, instead of wanting airbrushed perfection.
I dunno... I find it somehow .... defeating, to think that only plastic surgery can fix something. Don't take this the wrong way .... it just depresses me in a "what kind of a world do we live in" sort of way. Sigh....
(also note I am sick and didn't sleep last night so that is making me feel pessimistic too)
I hope unicorn doesn't get offended with me saying this, but it seems there is still room for improvement with diet and exercise, and she needn't get discouraged thinking plastic surgery is the only resort.
(unicorn - I hope you understand that is not a dig, but rather, I would rather, I simply would prefer to see you feel empowered, instead of totally disheartened).
Whereas what some others are talking about - slim, low-body weight people who never had a weight problem and still have a crease - that sound different to me. That sounds like "yeah, bodies aren't meant to be perfectly airbrushed."
(I have no idea if I made any sense.... I really need some sleep... brain not working well right now)
I did not wish to propose abdominoplasty or lipoplasty (surgery) as my answer. I was just trying to make a point (possibly poorly) that many of us are plagued with this roll and dent, as is evidenced by a lucrative plastic surgery industry, which is the right choice for some people.
I 100% agree with your reply that we should not get discouraged about the relative ability or inability to reduce that area. I don't support a collective self image that women should strive to be Barbie doll like. We women have had enough of that suggested to us through the media, and in some cases the guys in our lives, haven't we? I for one don't want to look or be that way. I am sure many if not most of us are truly looking at the overall life and health benefits we hope to gain... by losing.
The sad fact is that as far as our anatomy goes, we are born with "x" amount of fat cells and we will die with the same amount (unless of course they are sucked out or cut away). We don't really burn the fat, per-se, we burn the contents of the fat cell and they get smaller. But the cells stay. That is the part I find "depressing".
So following this line of thinking, as most of us have noted with weight loss we seem to lose some of that tummy bulge. Targeted exercises may help too.
The sad fact is that as far as our anatomy goes, we are born with "x" amount of fat cells and we will die with the same amount (unless of course they are sucked out or cut away).
Do some googling -within the last year (I think) there was research that came out that said that fat cells actually CAN go away!!! Very intriguing. Of course, it doesn't happen overnight: it takes a long-term (years and years) maintenance of a weight loss. But, eventually, unused fat cells - if they go unused long enough - actually disappear.
I have one too! Mine is way worse than yours tho! It is more of a tummy fold. I am at my goal weight and it is still there. I dunno if it is skin, fat, could be just a feature of my body.
My stomach looks fine if I pull my pants over the dent, but otherwise I look like what I am -- someone who has had a child and lost quite a bit of weight.
Let's all love our weird tummy dents :D