|Sep 2, 2010 1:52pm||
Hi guys, I didn’t know where to post this but here goes anyway. I’ve been working out for quite some time and I’ve made lots of improvements specially on the arms and upper body. My goal is to lose that beer belly bulge I had all these years. I’ve been doing ab workouts lately and yes there are improvement for the first time in years I finally got to see the lines of my upper abs. It will take some time though to finally cut through all the fat. But I was just wondering. Do we really lose that bulge in the end? I’ve seen great bodybuilders get ripped abs but they still have a bulging tummy, it’s just not obvious because of the huge pectorals they have. A fitting example is Ronnie Coleman, really massive guy. But I seem to notice that bulge in his tummy. In his case he has zero fat on his abs its all bulging muscles. So can we really flatten that bulge down?
|Sep 2, 2010 7:09pm||
A lot of those body builders have the bulging stomach as a result of taking a lot of human growth hormone. It causes that. They also tend to have very large ab muscles which just accentuate the thickness of the trunk.
If you have been habitually fat, it is possible that you have a lot of fat stored subcutaneously – that is, under your skin, in among your organs. That’s, of course, very unhealthy, but I think (although I don’t know for sure without doing some research) that losing fat in general will also decrease the fat in and around your organs. So I would expect the “beer belly” to go away over time.
And of course stay away from the HGH.
|Sep 2, 2010 11:26pm||
Yes, I will definitely stay away from HGH as I have no intention of getting really huge. Thanks for the advice Bogleg!
|Sep 27, 2010 8:56pm||
Forgive me for resurrecting this old topic but I just joined and have been scanning old posts.
Some men store fat under the skin – subcutaneous – and some store more around the internal organs – visceral. Visceral fat is associated with all kinds of bad stuff like cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, the stuff that “being fat” is supposed to do to you. Subcutaneous fat is not associated with that stuff, which is why you can have very healthy but hugely fat sumo wrestlers.
If you’re unlucky enough to tend to visceral fat (I am) then you can have the bulging belly with visible abs syndrome. My best indication of health is if I can fit into my work pants, because if I am gaining fat it’s going to show there first. Reducing calories will reduce fat no matter where you store it.
The statement that professional bodybuilders have bulging bellies because of growth hormone is a completely unsupported by facts because the use of them for that purpose is illegal – thus no studies, thus no science, thus no facts. And because these guys only talk to each other about what they use, the information isn’t available. It’s pretty commonly known that GH doesn’t increase muscle mass at any tested doses, even high ones, but that doesn’t mean that these really big guys haven’t discovered that REALLY high doses make a difference – but again, it’s purely supposition. What I have heard from the professionals I work out with is that they use GH for fat loss and for faster healing and they don’t use a lot of it.
What is true is that lower doses of GH in men over 30 – basically men whose bodies are shifting where they store fat, different from where they stored it (or didn’t store it) when they were younger – will see a decrease in overall fat storage including visceral fat and the dosages are at levels that have been tested and have not shown any noticeable overgrowth of internal organs.
Probably the most important thing is that unless you have a prescription for it it’s wicked expensive and the effects can be achieved with much cheaper drugs.