I have been eating paleo 80-90% of the time since June. When I cheat it's usually with sugar in the form of candy/chocolate.
I recently had hydrostatic body fat testing done and I am at around 11% body fat (I am female). I recognize that this is very low. I'm relatively athletic and work out 3-4 times a week doing Crossfit.
Here is my question. Despite having had a sharp increase in muscle mass over the past few months, I still have a ring of fat around my middle. I have no muscle definition there and continue to jiggle. This is in sharp contrast with the rest of my body. Given my workout schedule, etc., I had expected that I might see some definition around now.
Any suggestions on how to address my belly fat issue? Do you think this is related to diet? Diabetes and premature cardiac death run rampant in my family, so my difficulty losing the belly fat is of concern, above and beyond my vanity.
Solution: Sleep, ALOT more. Shoot for 10hrs. Take a nap.
Take steps to reduce chronic stress beyond that. My last step to seeing my abs was sleeping more.
I remember a year ago Mark Sisson from Marks Daily Apple did a bodyfat test. I don't know if you have ever seen him or not but he is ripped. He asked readers to guess his bodyfat and the average guess was 6-7%. The test showed 11% (I just remember the actual being really high) if I remember correctly. Any way long story short, the results could be off. It's a machine ran by a human so errors can occur. If it's correct then congrats on the results!
I really doubt this is correct. I am at 18-20 percent body fat and a size 4. You would probably also present with amenorrhea, which you don't mention.
And in the end, what does a number matter? As I think you are seeing with the scale, a mirror or tape measure is a much better gauge of progress. I've gained about 15 pounds in the last few months, but no increase in body fat.
11% is VERY low for a female!! I do think those machines have glitches. I eat stricly paleo, do crossfit 2-3 times per week and I am very small, not a hard body but i have a flat stomach, wear a size 4 pant. Anyway when I started crossfit my body fat was 28%, I had one this same test done and the result came back that I was 30% bodyfat and at risk!!! I'm not in denial, I know the machine was wrong, there's not way possible. I'm in better shape now then I have every been and when I was out of shape I was at 28%. I would try to do it again if you can.
Few female athletes go below 14% bodyfat. 11% is extremely low for a woman!
Is it possible that you just have loose skin from dieting, or is it even possible that you have body dysmorhpia? Please check with a doctor!
Also, the flabby bits - as pointed out by Stephen-Aegis - might be caused by cortisol. Too much exercise and/or starvation will increase cortisol levels in your body.
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