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Hard Fat Turning Soft

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2008/04/04 16:08:52 (permalink)

Hard Fat Turning Soft

This might sound odd but over the last week or two I've been thinking that my stomache has been getting more flabby, even though my body fat percentage has dropped slightly along with my weight. It's suddenly dawned on me that the fat has gone from being faily hard to soft and almost mushy. I've google this and not got much back, just the odd thing about loosing weight and that it could be the fat breaking down, kinda like ice when it melts..

Does this ring true for anyone else, or am I just a freak?

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Height 6ft
Weight 14.5 stone
Bf 19.6% Aiming for 12%!!!!
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    theiopener
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 16:21:53 (permalink)
    may be water related, im sure Kitty knows something about this as she posted up something brilliant a while back about telling the difference between water and fat
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 20:58:32 (permalink)
    could be a number of things - but I wouldnt worry about it - keep plugging away and see what is up when the fat you want is gone.

    Personally I find/found my skin is loose round the midsection so it is softer when I am actually leaner ..

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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 21:47:09 (permalink)
    My belly fat has always been soft, most people have hard fat but mine seems much more loose and always has. I'm not sure what that means - if it's a different kind of fat or what.
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:04:19 (permalink)
    I always understood that hard fat is the really tough stuff, soft fat is easier to burn off. Therefore if you've been trying to lose fat, you're getting there - first step is the hard fat starting to break down, then in weeks to come you should start noticing a difference in the size of your stomach.

    Feel free to disagree with me, this is just what I was told years ago (or read somewhere)
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:06:09 (permalink)
    I find when I start to lose weight for a comp the fatty areas do go softer. I tell myself that it is the fat cells shrinking and therefore being more squashy. Sounds to me like you've nothing to worry about, the fats coming off and is evident from your weight and bodyfat loss.

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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:13:07 (permalink)
    in my experience the longer fat has been there the saggier it is.

    Its a great way to spot the fixed before and afters - the person bulks up quick - the fat is really tight and the skin looks stretched, if its been there a while the skin has stretched and its looser looking.


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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:17:13 (permalink)
    I thought he was talking about the texture of it. Like I said for me it feels solid when I'm at my biggest and when I lose it, it starts to feel more droopy

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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:28:55 (permalink)
    I dont know - im tired :) LOL

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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:38:05 (permalink)
    I had this explained to me like this. When you are lets sat...erm...well fat it's like being a cushion stuffed full of stuffing and the suchion is full and firm. When you start to lose the fat it's like the stuffing is being taken out of the cushion and this makes it softer and squishyer (that's a proper word you know). It's a good sign that you are losing fat. Your skin (the cusion cover) with retract at a slower rate and until then there is just a bit more room in the cusion!

    I really should get out more....hey it made sense to me!

    I have a squishy cushion on my lower back and hips!
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/04 22:47:24 (permalink)
    My belly fat has always been soft, most people have hard fat but mine seems much more loose and always has. I'm not sure what that means - if it's a different kind of fat or what.


    There is subcutaneous adipose tissue (the common jiggly type) and Visceral adipose tissue (usually harder)
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/05 10:01:40 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: ElfinTan

    I had this explained to me like this. When you are lets sat...erm...well fat it's like being a cushion stuffed full of stuffing and the suchion is full and firm. When you start to lose the fat it's like the stuffing is being taken out of the cushion and this makes it softer and squishyer (that's a proper word you know). It's a good sign that you are losing fat. Your skin (the cusion cover) with retract at a slower rate and until then there is just a bit more room in the cusion!



    That's sort of what I was trying to say, I certainly feel the lumpy bits shrinking when my weight drops
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/05 21:31:55 (permalink)
    I knew YOU would know what I meant!
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/08 13:25:52 (permalink)
    Not sure if this is scientific but.... my dad has been grossly fat for a good 35 years and his belly is like rock - I put on about 2 stone over the winter and my belly is like jelly (was..I'm burning it at a decent rate now). Does the amount of time the fat stays in situ determine its consistancy? does the subcut turn into viceral?
    post edited by tubbyman - 2008/04/08 13:27:11
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/08 13:28:36 (permalink)
    I noticed the exact same thing in my recent cut mate. It's a good thing , it means the fat is breaking down imo / ime

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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/12 01:51:14 (permalink)
    i noticed something like this today as i was bending over, my belly was hanging like a fat sack, i've only just noticed this today. I've been dieting for about a month now and have upped my cardio, probably lost about half a stone, but this is worrying me, i'ms ure my belly wasn't like that before. This is the first time i've really stayed with a cut tho, so maybe it may just go, any ideas, or should i get my hack saw out and do a little weekend cosmetic diy?
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/15 08:34:44 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Adil

    My belly fat has always been soft, most people have hard fat but mine seems much more loose and always has. I'm not sure what that means - if it's a different kind of fat or what.


    There is subcutaneous adipose tissue (the common jiggly type) and Visceral adipose tissue (usually harder)


    Yep - that was my first thought too. The hard stuff is more linked to a dodgy lifestyle/early death IIRC
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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/15 13:16:21 (permalink)
    staturated fat imo that is hard soild feel it as you start dropping BF the fatty cells are breaking down plus with water being in the body could be a mixture of both iam currently on a cut and have noticed the same nothing to worry about imo

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    RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2008/04/16 12:55:45 (permalink)
    Ive noticed this too in myself. Been trying to bring down my bf% for about a month now and seems to be going well. I have found my belly is getting soft.
    I think it is just the fat breaking down though. At first it did start to make me waver in my goals as it was a bit concerning that im eating right and training hard but getting squidgy around the belly, the rest of my body is looking better though so im convinced its fat breaking down
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    Re: RE: Hard Fat Turning Soft 2011/10/13 14:49:07 (permalink)
    Sorry to comment on this old thread - but I'm noticing this exact thing with me... My belly fat is getting softer - as I'm loosing weight.  Hoping it's a good sign.
     
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