Im 20 years old and for the last 2 years i have had a problem where my stomach constantly looks pregnant and bloated. From the side on, my stomach looks extremely rounded - mostly at the bottom, and if i look straight down it looks like im pregnant! Until i was 18, I weighed 53kgs (no dieting and no excersise) and had a completely flat stomach, then slowly put on weight and am now 65kgs. When my stomach first started expanding i actually thought i was pregnant! I go to the gym 3 times a week, horse ride, walk my dogs and eat quite well, and am not overly concerned about my weight - i dont have too much body fat. Its only my stomach which bothers me. If i suck it in it looks nice and completely normal, but i dont want to have to suck in all day every day
One thing i considered was my contraceptive pill, but my GP said that its better to have a bit of a belly than risk getting pregnant, if that was the cause. But his only advice was to do more situps (i do 300 a week as is), which isnt very helpful! He also said its probably not a food intolerance as they don't just spontaneously develop, and ive never had a problem before. My stomach looks bloated all the time, even in the morning, but gets worse if i eat alot. It also sometimes gets painful down the bottom and really firm to touch - so even sucking it in won't hide it. I have alot of friends who are much heavier than me, and have a fair amount of stomach fat, but even if they dont suck in their stomachs are generally quite flat and definately not rounded like mine.
Im visiting a dietician soon to see what i can do about it, but in the meantime does anyone share my problem or have any advice? Cheers.