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    I'm skinny with a protruding lower belly. I'm determined to get rid of it this year. It does not feel like fat though that's the funny thing. It feels like a hard bulge. So far in my research, I know that culprits could be bloat from dairy, so I'm cutting that out completely (still have milk in tea at the moment and cheese occasionaly) Does anyone know any other causes? My carbs stay below 50 at the moment, maybe i need to cut them further? Any thoughts?


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    How long have you been doing Low Carb?

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      2 weeks. Lol, when I look at it like that, yeah i need to be patient. But it's just it feels like i've leaned up in other areas but my belly just seems to have even possibly got bigger. It's like i've got a 6 pack when I'm hungry and a potbelly when I've eaten. Maybe it's just my frame i dont know. I'm a convert of low-carb living though, i won't be giving up this way of eating purely for the energy.

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        You may still be recovering from the gut inflammation caused by grains and/or dairy. Good call on eliminating the dairy as an experiment.


        Also, check into some stretches for your psoas -- a tight psoas can cause the appearance of a potbelly. http://www.somatics.com/psoas.htm


        And, strength training (compound lifts, planks) will help tighten up all your muscles, abs included, for a more shapely profile.

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          Thanks Barbey, very interesting. I'll read up a bit on that and try it out.

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            That is how my pregnant wifes belly feels. ;-)

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              Visceral fat.


              http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/subcu...lge-15764.html

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                Visceral fat- is there any information relating to where the body chooses to get it's fuel from when burning fat. Do certain conditions encourage the use of visceral fat over subcutaneous? Thanks for the link AuH20girl

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                  Dr. Eades has said that visceral fat is the easiest to burn. He had a regimen of a week of protein shakes with only one solid meal a day, then a week of almost all meat. Repeat as necessary. But that's not entirely primal.

                  Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                  Current weight: 199
                  Goal: 145

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                    Sounds like a quick fix to me. I'm gonna give the slow and steady route a go before I resort to his advice. Thanks anyway Katt, I'd not heard of him.

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                      Yes, it is a quick fix. Outside of that, Dr. Eades is very respectable and has quite a number of good articles on his blog. He's very much in the low carb camp.

                      Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                      Current weight: 199
                      Goal: 145

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                        A protruding lower belly is most often a sign of abdominal disfunction due to gut/digestive inflammation. I would eliminate all dairy (including protein shakes) and gluten/grains (if you haven't)


                        If that doesn't work you might want to get a food sensitivities test done to figure out if there are foods messing with your digestive system that you consume on a regular basis.

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                          2 weeks? Yeah. Be patient. I've been low-carb for nearly two years. Primal for about 7 months, prior to that, a WAPF diet. I've lost 2" off my belly fat in that whole time. So ease back, learn and be patient.

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