|Jan 7, 2011 5:55am||
I have been working out since August (5 months) and have lost 2% of my body fat and have more energy, can lift more, etc. I am not overweight but am toward the upper end of my weight range and am looking to workout and eat right to fit back into my clothes again.
I have noticed that my pants are getting tighter around my stomach, especially on the days I do my ab workouts. I have not gained weight and my tops still fit…in fact, the sleeves dont feel as tight as they did a couple months ago. Is it possible that the ab workouts are causing my fat to push out above the abs? What can I do about this? Should I stop doing ab workouts and just focus on arms/legs/back/chest and cardio?
|Jan 7, 2011 6:37am||
If the muscle develops, it may gain some size. My guess would be if you are doing lifts that stress your lower back, your Spinal Erectors and the lower part of your Lats have developed. This is more likely what is increasing your girth.
|Jan 7, 2011 3:09pm||
so what should i do? should I stop lifting?
|Jan 7, 2011 5:18pm||
Doing ab workouts can increase thickness to the muscle and also other exercises that affect your core like deadlifts, etc. But it wouldn’t big of a difference, especially on a woman.
Keep exercising! The best way to get rid of belly fat is for a total body fat loss. So i would continue weight training and cardio. If you get even lower on your body fat, you’ll uncover those abs and possibly a six pack!
|Jan 7, 2011 7:37pm||
pretty much what ches said. Only thing I would add is, diet could play a part too. You could do everything above, but if you’re diet isn’t right for your goals you could be throwing away some of the potential of all that work. You said you’re not gaining weight, so it’s probably safe to assume your diet isn’t out of control, but maybe look at the proportions of the nutrients (carbs/proteins/fats) that you’re getting if you aren’t already. Just a thought.
|Jan 8, 2011 1:50am||
thanks everyone! i will keep my hour routine of warm up< weights then cardio.