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March 21, 2012 3:42 PM
This is an embarrassing question...but I'll ask anyway:

Does fat change as you lose more? or is it loose skin?

I've noticed that my fattier areas seem to be less 'firm' and have gotten softer/more jiggly. Is that possible? thoughts?

my belly is grossing me out now..
Edited by WickedGarden On March 21, 2012 3:42 PM
March 21, 2012 3:51 PM
Mine has felt more jiggly also! I thought it was just me!? It has to be a good thing cause mine is getting smaller and the fat part seems to be lower around my waist.
March 21, 2012 3:57 PM
I just had a body comp analysis done last week, and the exercise physiologist said she could tell I was fit because my flabby fat pulled easily with the skin. She said people who are not very fit tend to have their fat more "marbled" and it is harder to pull the skin away. I must have given her a funny look, because she said "just trust me on this one". So I think your fat does change as you lose weight and become more fit. Maybe my jiggly arms are a good thing?? blushing
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March 21, 2012 4:00 PM
maybe we're losing "intra-muscular" fat first and then the "fat layer" between our skin and muscle second?
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March 21, 2012 4:04 PM
I just went from Jiggly, to jigglier!!! LOL curious to know as well though!!!
March 21, 2012 4:04 PM
Definite 'Bump' on this thread... I've wondered the same thing! And I noticed it again yesterday with the fat around my arms and waist! Sad thing is that the 'jiggly' fat is even less attractive than the firm fat! :( Doh! :)
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March 21, 2012 4:06 PM
I have always noticed that one of the first signs I am losing is that my fat gets more......loose. less firm. i get waaaaay more cellulitic and i hate it, but i know that once i reach the end result that will be gone.

i have no idea, but i always presumed it was a result of there being less fat in the cells.

either way, it is definitely a good sign for your fat to go jiggly! LOL, congrats I guess! hahaha.
March 21, 2012 4:06 PM
I've noticed this as well, I assumed it was from looser skin
March 21, 2012 4:06 PM
You become less dense (at least in the fat department). Then it takes a little while for the body to catch up.

I have found it funny that I seem to lose weight without inches for weeks, then I will have a week where I don't lose any pounds, but everything seems to "retract"
Edited by downsizinghoss On March 21, 2012 4:07 PM
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March 21, 2012 4:16 PM
QUOTE:

I just went from Jiggly, to jigglier!!! LOL curious to know as well though!!!



OOOOOHHHHHHHHHH GGGGGRR888888888888888888888!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS A LOT! hahahah!
March 21, 2012 4:22 PM
firm fat vs. jiggly fat = young fat vs. old fat.

sadly, that's just the way it is.
March 21, 2012 4:23 PM
Omg...I thought it was just me!!

But lately, my "dimples" look more like "bullet holes".

It freaks me out....and I'm almost...ALMOST tempted to put the few pounds back on...because the fat just looks better when it's filled out.
March 21, 2012 4:25 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I just went from Jiggly, to jigglier!!! LOL curious to know as well though!!!



OOOOOHHHHHHHHHH GGGGGRR888888888888888888888!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS A LOT! hahahah!


.... you like it..... laugh
March 21, 2012 4:29 PM
laugh I was noticing a bit more jiggle than usual.
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March 21, 2012 4:30 PM
I've noticed this too, I defiantly see my fat get fattier before i get smaller, i took it that this happened just before my skin shrinks back because it's not all the time, so I've taken to being proud when my arms look flabbier than usual because then I think "I'm about to loss a cm there!!"
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March 21, 2012 4:34 PM
QUOTE:

I just had a body comp analysis done last week, and the exercise physiologist said she could tell I was fit because my flabby fat pulled easily with the skin. She said people who are not very fit tend to have their fat more "marbled" and it is harder to pull the skin away. I must have given her a funny look, because she said "just trust me on this one". So I think your fat does change as you lose weight and become more fit. Maybe my jiggly arms are a good thing?? blushing


ooohhh! yay! ok, so there is a bit of hope that it will eventually go away!

I also noticed that when I'm doing my P90x workouts, Tony has a bit of 'jiggle' in his arms...'grandma flaps'! hahhahahahha
March 21, 2012 4:38 PM
i have heard this as well! my belly is more jiggly and covered in stretch marks so it looks even worse but healthier is the closest way to get to where we all wanna be so keep on truckin:0) i think i will probaby have to drop my goal weight lower than i thought...time will tell
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March 21, 2012 4:43 PM
QUOTE:

I have always noticed that one of the first signs I am losing is that my fat gets more......loose. less firm. i get waaaaay more cellulitic and i hate it, but i know that once i reach the end result that will be gone.

i have no idea, but i always presumed it was a result of there being less fat in the cells.

either way, it is definitely a good sign for your fat to go jiggly! LOL, congrats I guess! hahaha.


Ah! Glad to know I am not the only one getting more cellulite! What is with that? Just push through it and that will go away too?
March 21, 2012 4:45 PM
From my dietician: When losing fat your body begins to break down the bonds between the fat cells to make them more available, that combined with losing the higher density fat cells that are the main causes for cancer and illness are the reason why your fat is more jiggly. In the end it is a good sign! It means you're losing fat, and lots of it. Think of it as a container, if you overfill the container it's very hard to close the lid, but you can manage to close it and it's at it's max, as you take some out of it the container becomes lighter but the same size. At one point though you'll have removed enough from the container to fit its contents into a smaller container, and that's when you notice the difference visually.
March 21, 2012 4:58 PM
QUOTE:

From my dietician: When losing fat your body begins to break down the bonds between the fat cells to make them more available, that combined with losing the higher density fat cells that are the main causes for cancer and illness are the reason why your fat is more jiggly. In the end it is a good sign! It means you're losing fat, and lots of it. Think of it as a container, if you overfill the container it's very hard to close the lid, but you can manage to close it and it's at it's max, as you take some out of it the container becomes lighter but the same size. At one point though you'll have removed enough from the container to fit its contents into a smaller container, and that's when you notice the difference visually.


That's essentially how it was explained to me as well. While jiggly is uglier, it means your making progress. Then you need to put a bit of focus on toning up but you will with time.
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March 21, 2012 5:04 PM
i just started to tone...i was thinking the same thing! 8 pounds to go........thanks for the added faithheart
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March 21, 2012 5:08 PM
you can do strength training to firm the fat
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March 21, 2012 5:21 PM
I just thought of all those times I cooked hamburger in a pan and left it out. You know, the grease goes from warm to cold and gets firm. Then, if you get it hot again it melts.

I just found a link if anyone wants to read it...


http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html


EDIT: I just re-read it. It isn't that intresting.
Edited by rcramer7 On March 21, 2012 5:32 PM
March 21, 2012 7:01 PM
QUOTE:

I just thought of all those times I cooked hamburger in a pan and left it out. You know, the grease goes from warm to cold and gets firm. Then, if you get it hot again it melts.

I just found a link if anyone wants to read it...


http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/of-whooshes-and-squishy-fat.html


EDIT: I just re-read it. It isn't that intresting.


no, it is! it just re-emphasizes what others have said here:

after fat cells had been emptied of stored triglyceride, they would temporarily refill with water (glycerol attracts water, which might be part of the mechanism). So there would be no immediate change in size, body weight or appearance. Then, after some time frame, the water would get dropped, the fat cells would shrink. A weird way of looking at it might be that the fat loss suddenly becomes ‘apparent’. That is, the fat was emptied and burned off days or weeks ago but until the water is dropped, nothing appears to have happened.

I wanted to discuss something else that often happens when people are getting very lean and dealing with stubborn body fat: the fat gets squishy, feeling almost like there are small marbles under the skin.

As folks get very lean, down to the last pounds of fat, the skin and fat cells that are left will often change appearance and texture. It will look dimply (as the fat cells which are supporting the skin shrink and the skin isn’t supported) and feel squishy to the touch. This is bad in that it looks really weird, but it’s good because it means that the fat is going away. I have nothing truly profound to say about this topic, just realizes that it happens and usually indicates good things are happening.



yay for squishy fat!
Edited by WickedGarden On March 21, 2012 7:02 PM
May 1, 2013 10:32 PM
I know this thread is a year old, but I was sitting at my work desk and I was scratching at my tummy area (been having dry skin the past few weeks!) and I noticed my belly jiggling a bit. Before I started my weight loss (lost only 13 lbs so far, so I'm still new to all this) I had a more firm belly, firm with FAT that is, I carry most of my weight in my belly/boobs area, and my belly was so firm that I literally felt uncomfortable wearing jeans that weren't stretchy because I felt like un-stretchy jeans (yes, its a word for now haha) would force the rest of my firm belly up and I felt like someone was squeezing me to death... so I was wondering if my jigglier belly was a good or bad thing, so I'm so glad I found this post and hope that bumping it would help someone else too! Thanks for the info you guys shared! I feel relieved that the jiggly belly will later transform to smaller belly!!! :)
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