57 Male Client with 13% body fat (athletic). Why does his stomach bulge outwards? We work abs, he does cardio, eats really clean and healthy, yet his stomach sticks out past his ribs. If he makes an abdominal muscle it seems to be all muscle and toned, yet he says its way larger than when he was younger. I am stuck on what to do. I have considered a dairy allergy, conflict with his medication, etc. but it’s outside of my scope of practice at that point… I doubt there is a magical exercise to help with this, but he is looking to me for answers and so now I look to YOU!!! Thanks!
ASSUMING THIS CLIENT IS HEALTHY! TOTAL BODY FAT CAN FOOL YOU. A SKIN FOLD TEST SHOULD BE DONE TO SEE WHERE HE IS HOLDING MOST OF HIS FAT. MEN , DUE TO TESTERONE USUALLY STORE MUCH OF THEIR FAT IN THEIR STOMACH. ALCOHLOL CAN ENHANCE THIS PROCESS. INSULIN RESISTANCE CAN ALSO HAVE A GREAT INFLUENCE ON THIS FACTOR. SOME MEN CAN BE INSULIN RESISTANT BUT IT WILL NOT SHOW UP IN BLOOD SERUM TEST. IN THIS CASE COMPLEX CARBS SHOULD BE CONSUMED BUT, AT A MINIMAL LEVEL. ALSO, COFFIE AND SMOKING CAN INFLUENCE STOMACH FAT. MANY CLIENT UNDERETIMATE THEIR CALORIES BY ABOUT 20% SO, CHECK THIS FACTOR TOO. HOPE THIS HELPS. BRIAN ROZZI. darkhorseusa.com. please feel free to ask more questions if this continues to exist. There is one exercise that is often over looked. Also, tell him to cut white sugars. Sorry so long but I keep thinking.