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Suggest treatment for weight gain only in lower abdominal area

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: I'm tall and very thin. I lift weights and workout everyday. I gain about 100% of all my weight only in my lower stomach (the pear shape) is there a medicine that can help. Is this genetically impossible. And should I have testing? Is there something wrong with my hormones? Literally all the weight only goes to my lower stomach. I have been like this my whole life. I always here my stomach make odd noises after I eat or drink anything. I have even had people pray for me.
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Answered by Kathy Shattler (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Hello XXXX

Detailed Answer:
I can see that you are very frustrated by what is probably a very genetic profile. First, what type of exercises are you doing I would ask myself. I would try targeted lower abdominal exercises and if you have a trainer perhaps he/she may help you with those. One of the exercises is to lay flat on the floor (hard) with your knees bent. Then tuck your tummy in close to the floor, a tummy tuck we call it. Just use your stomach muscles and pull your lower abdomen up and hold for awhile and then lower again. Do about 30 of these every day. Then stand straight and tall, use first one arm and then the next. Take your arm and feeling you stomach stretch reach for the ceiling and bend slightly to the opposite side, never bounce. Hold, relax and do the other side. Leg Lifts -lay on floor, raise both legs 6 inches up until you feel a strain and then slowly let your legs down. Repeat for at least 10 reps or as many as you can. Do these every other day.

And, since belly fat is metabolically active unlike white fat anywhere else in the body you want to get rid of it. So, cut down on saturated fat, eliminate trans fat and watch your cholesterol no more than 3 eggs per week without knowing lipid/blood sugar levels. Oh and you have heard the ole' saying of a "beer gut" it is true, alcohol is bad for belly bulge. Great talking with you. Come back to HCM sometime soon! XXXXXXX Shattler, M.S.,RDN Oh, and please write back if you don't understand or would like a clarification on my answer. Have a great day!
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Brief Answer: Hello XXXX Detailed Answer: I can see that you are very frustrated by what is probably a very genetic profile. First, what type of exercises are you doing I would ask myself. I would try targeted lower abdominal exercises and if you have a trainer perhaps he/she may help you with those. One of the exercises is to lay flat on the floor (hard) with your knees bent. Then tuck your tummy in close to the floor, a tummy tuck we call it. Just use your stomach muscles and pull your lower abdomen up and hold for awhile and then lower again. Do about 30 of these every day. Then stand straight and tall, use first one arm and then the next. Take your arm and feeling you stomach stretch reach for the ceiling and bend slightly to the opposite side, never bounce. Hold, relax and do the other side. Leg Lifts -lay on floor, raise both legs 6 inches up until you feel a strain and then slowly let your legs down. Repeat for at least 10 reps or as many as you can. Do these every other day. And, since belly fat is metabolically active unlike white fat anywhere else in the body you want to get rid of it. So, cut down on saturated fat, eliminate trans fat and watch your cholesterol no more than 3 eggs per week without knowing lipid/blood sugar levels. Oh and you have heard the ole' saying of a "beer gut" it is true, alcohol is bad for belly bulge. Great talking with you. Come back to HCM sometime soon! XXXXXXX Shattler, M.S.,RDN Oh, and please write back if you don't understand or would like a clarification on my answer. Have a great day!