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September 25, 2011 12:14 PM
Hi guys! It's me with yet another weird weight loss question.. I've been pretty annoyed as I've lost quite a bit of weight but not much from my belly. Anyways I was noticing today my belly fat is really soft and squishy. And if you squeeze it you can feel like there is pieces inside of it, like it's not one piece of fat anymore. Is my body just not able to break down my fat and just made it soft? I don't like how it actually looks like it hangs down more when before it was more solid and stuck out. Hard to explain. Makes me picture cottage cheese, GROSS I know.... Anyways why would it do that but not lose any inches darn it? Every other part of my body has shrank quite a bit.
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September 25, 2011 12:18 PM
bump....interested in the answers to come...
September 25, 2011 12:19 PM
bump...am in the same boat wanting for answers
September 25, 2011 12:20 PM
I'm not sure about the truth of this, but I've read that happens right before a "woosh".. meaning, the actual fat molecules have left some cells, but there's still some water left in the cells.. when these leave the cells, you'll get a weight loss woosh as they say! lol At least that's what I've read on it. Look up Woosh on Lyle McDonald's site. Actually, here's the link: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html
Edited by servilia On September 25, 2011 12:20 PM
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September 25, 2011 12:20 PM
Speaking from experience... sounds like maybe what you are feeling is the excess skin that has been left behind?
September 25, 2011 12:20 PM
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September 25, 2011 12:20 PM
my mother would say 'stop fooling with yourself' LOL I have NO idea I don't feel myself but when do, I'm pretty much like the pillsbury dough boy all over - I did notice my hamstrings & calves are getting tighter oh and my butt (when flexed) but other than that ...
  9362789
September 25, 2011 12:23 PM
Belly fat isn't all the same. One type of belly fat seems squishy and is easy to grab between your fingers; the other is like a bowling ball in the middle of the gut. The differences between the two types of fat don't end there. Understanding the dramatic difference between the two types of belly fat may extend your lifespan, especially if you carry extra weight in the abdominal region.

Subcutaneous vs. Visceral
The belly fat you can grab in your hand is subcutaneous fat, which resides between your skin and abdominal wall. This fat tends to be more visible than deeper fat, but it isn't as harmful as visceral fat, which surrounds your abdominal organs, according to MayoClinic.com.

Causes
Aging causes your metabolism to slow down. Being sedentary can also contribute to weight gain as you get older. However, factors such as age and lack of physical activity don't directly influence the amount of visceral fat you have. Hormonal changes that occur after menopause can cause women to store more fat in their bellies. Additionally, some people inherit a tendency to be "apple-shaped" as opposed to "pear-shaped."

Health Risks
Visceral fat is linked with a variety of health problems, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and diabetes, according to UAB Medicine. These conditions increase your risk of stroke and heart attack. Visceral fat may be linked to such health conditions because it's thought to be biologically active. This means it acts more like an endocrine organ or gland that produces hormones and other substances that may damage your health, according to Harvard Health Publications. Having too much visceral fat may throw off the functioning of hormones that help keep the body in balance.



Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/338079-soft-belly-fat-vs-hard-belly-fat/#ixzz1Yzg2PdTg
  9926021
September 25, 2011 12:24 PM
This is from livestrong website. Perhaps you are burning Visceral fat first...which doesn't appear to be a bad thing at all!

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Belly fat isn't all the same. One type of belly fat seems squishy and is easy to grab between your fingers; the other is like a bowling ball in the middle of the gut. The differences between the two types of fat don't end there. Understanding the dramatic difference between the two types of belly fat may extend your lifespan, especially if you carry extra weight in the abdominal region.

Subcutaneous vs. Visceral
The belly fat you can grab in your hand is subcutaneous fat, which resides between your skin and abdominal wall. This fat tends to be more visible than deeper fat, but it isn't as harmful as visceral fat, which surrounds your abdominal organs, according to MayoClinic.com.

Causes
Aging causes your metabolism to slow down. Being sedentary can also contribute to weight gain as you get older. However, factors such as age and lack of physical activity don't directly influence the amount of visceral fat you have. Hormonal changes that occur after menopause can cause women to store more fat in their bellies. Additionally, some people inherit a tendency to be "apple-shaped" as opposed to "pear-shaped."

Health Risks
Visceral fat is linked with a variety of health problems, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and diabetes, according to UAB Medicine. These conditions increase your risk of stroke and heart attack. Visceral fat may be linked to such health conditions because it's thought to be biologically active. This means it acts more like an endocrine organ or gland that produces hormones and other substances that may damage your health, according to Harvard Health Publications. Having too much visceral fat may throw off the functioning of hormones that help keep the body in balance.



Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/338079-soft-belly-fat-vs-hard-belly-fat/#ixzz1Yzg2PdTg
  9926021
September 25, 2011 12:25 PM
Sounds like may be extra skin with cellulite. Just keep working out and you will lose more fat. I know some people have to have a tummy tuck after extreme weight loss to get rid of extra skin and others who don't lose an extreme amount sometimes report skin tightening up over time.
September 25, 2011 12:26 PM
Thanks, servilia! Great link.

Also, the state of my fat has changed quite a bit, as well. It used to be dense and firm. Now it's also squishy and went through a chunky phase, as well. I wrote a blog about it here:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/McKayMachina/view/wash-me-82452

Now it feels like the fat cells are deflating...emptying. :D
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September 25, 2011 12:27 PM
I have been told in the past that hard or firm fat is fat that has not had much blood going round it in a while. It goes soft when your body is pumping blood through it more often or in other words using it.

So as i understand it firm fat > soft fat > gone fat.
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September 25, 2011 12:28 PM
I figure when it goes squishy like that, it's like having a bean bag that's lost some of its stuffing. When it was full, you didn't notice each indvidual lump. Now that there's room in there, you can feel the lumps that are left. This is good! It means there's less in there than there was to start with!
September 25, 2011 12:33 PM
I honestly could not explain that other than that you have a lot of loose skin as the weight has come off. Best maybe to consult your physician if you are truly concerned.
September 25, 2011 12:37 PM
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I'm not sure about the truth of this, but I've read that happens right before a "woosh".. meaning, the actual fat molecules have left some cells, but there's still some water left in the cells.. when these leave the cells, you'll get a weight loss woosh as they say! lol At least that's what I've read on it. Look up Woosh on Lyle McDonald's site. Actually, here's the link: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html


this is what happened to me i had this weird saggy skin and then i started incorparating ALOT of water and more ab work and now its going down incredibly fast in just a whoosh i think i have lost 4 lbs this week :) (I know you shouldnt but i couldnt control it lol and i am happy)
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September 25, 2011 12:38 PM
The skin isn't really loose, I don't know how to describe it well... picture say a balloon, and fill it full of sand that is really compacted. That is a way to describe my belly, now picture that balloon, put in styrofoam balls of varying sizes not ultra compacted, and fill the rest with water. That is about the only way I can describe it. My belly has only lost about 1.5 inches in total, verses all other parts are up to around 5-6 inches gone. So I don't think it's just hanging skin because there hasn't been enough lost to really hang. It's also not something that has always been there, it's a noticeable difference when I run and stuff.. It sloshes kinda like it didn't use to wiggle when I ran so much.. I may just be crazy.
Edited by d2footballJRC On September 25, 2011 12:41 PM
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September 25, 2011 12:40 PM
QUOTE:

I'm not sure about the truth of this, but I've read that happens right before a "woosh".. meaning, the actual fat molecules have left some cells, but there's still some water left in the cells.. when these leave the cells, you'll get a weight loss woosh as they say! lol At least that's what I've read on it. Look up Woosh on Lyle McDonald's site. Actually, here's the link: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html


I'm wondering if this is it, I have been losing weight FAST this week. I was semi-concerned about it. 6 pounds in 5 days. This weight loss has started shortly after I noticed the stomach starting to slosh more and more when I move. I can shake it like jello :-(. No I'm not Santa and you can't get presents if you sit on my lap. >.<
Edited by d2footballJRC On September 25, 2011 12:52 PM
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September 25, 2011 12:50 PM
I have that!

Mostly in my upper arms, though some in my stomach. It really squicks me out sometimes. laugh But I figure, as long as it feels like something's moving out (taking away bulk) it's all good! happy
  6987903
September 25, 2011 12:51 PM
QUOTE:

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I'm not sure about the truth of this, but I've read that happens right before a "woosh".. meaning, the actual fat molecules have left some cells, but there's still some water left in the cells.. when these leave the cells, you'll get a weight loss woosh as they say! lol At least that's what I've read on it. Look up Woosh on Lyle McDonald's site. Actually, here's the link: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html


I'm wondering if this is it, I have been losing weight FAST this week. I was semi-concerned about it. 6 pounds in 5 days. This weight loss has started shortly after I noticed the stomach starting to slosh.


yeah if the water-whoosh hypothesis is correct there's nothing to be concerned about - you could have lost the fat slowly, and then later (like this week), all the water wooshed out..
  3872484
September 25, 2011 12:57 PM
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I'm not sure about the truth of this, but I've read that happens right before a "woosh".. meaning, the actual fat molecules have left some cells, but there's still some water left in the cells.. when these leave the cells, you'll get a weight loss woosh as they say! lol At least that's what I've read on it. Look up Woosh on Lyle McDonald's site. Actually, here's the link: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html


I'm wondering if this is it, I have been losing weight FAST this week. I was semi-concerned about it. 6 pounds in 5 days. This weight loss has started shortly after I noticed the stomach starting to slosh.


yeah if the water-whoosh hypothesis is correct there's nothing to be concerned about - you could have lost the fat slowly, and then later (like this week), all the water wooshed out..


*closes eyes, crosses fingers* I hope it is..I hope it is..I hope it is..
  3211402
September 25, 2011 1:48 PM
The fat has lose up before it flush out of the body.
  248329
October 19, 2011 5:49 AM
It makes sense, that if the mass of fat is loosing fat cells, then the mass will get softer and possibly bumpy. But as the fat continues to disappear, then it eventually all goes away, depending on the thoroughness of the fat loss. smooched I'm afraid the extra skin will probably stay.noway noway
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October 19, 2011 6:32 AM
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November 7, 2011 12:21 AM
ok so what changes have you noticed since posting this?
  9926021
November 7, 2011 7:13 AM
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ok so what changes have you noticed since posting this?


Honestly belly shrank for a bit and it's doing it again, which means hopefully it'll shrink some more again.It'll be the 3rd cycle of this happening, first two I dropped an inch like that once the whoosh was done... Legs and about every part of my body is having this phenomenon happening now. Except on my arms where these weird hard big bumps that move when my arm moves have formed.
Edited by d2footballJRC On November 7, 2011 7:14 AM
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