It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Weight Loss Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-21-2010, 02:49 AM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2
toatsies HB User
advice please. I am underweight but I still have so much fat flab?

Hi there.

I am 18-yo, male. I am 6feet2 and I weight 155 pounds. I recently went from 225 to 155. I gained and lost the weight quite fast, which has left me with some problems.

I am almost underweight on the BMI scale. However, even after all that weight loss, I still carry quite a bit of fat on my stomach, waist and legs.

However, the rest of me is very skinny, almost showing my bones and ribs.

My question is, first of all, how is this possible? Why can't I seem to get rid of this last bit of fat? What can I do to lose this fat flabby body and tone up without losing more weight?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 01-21-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 1,440
tjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB Usertjlhb HB User
Re: advice please. I am underweight but I still have so much fat flab?

If you are currently underweight or close to it, but still have excess flab, you may have too little muscle. Which means that your body fat percentage may be fairly high despite your low weight. That is generally considered unhealthy. However, it is also unhealthy to continue losing any weight if you are currently underweight or close to it.

It is likely that the best route to go near term is to gain muscle weight. This requires exercise; resistance / weight / bodyweight training tends to be the best for building muscles. Be sure to include big muscles like your back (pullups, rows), chest (pushups, dips), and legs (squats), as well as a strong core (crunches and variants). Eating enough, including sufficient protein, is also needed to build muscle.

Note that more muscle will increase your metabolism, so it will be easier to lose any remaining excess fat if you need to after gaining enough muscle weight to be out of danger of being underweight (continuing to exercise to maintain your muscles is necessary to ensure that weight loss is mostly fat, rather than hard-earned muscle).

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
i need advice immediatly ..please! hewbont Eating Disorder Recovery 3 03-03-2007 01:00 PM
practical advice, PLEASE!!! WanderingSoul Eating Disorder Recovery 2 01-21-2007 07:28 PM
recovery advice........please help me I need it! clarewo Eating Disorder Recovery 7 02-02-2006 04:20 PM
New workout plan...would love some advice! cricketchicket Weight Loss 1 06-13-2005 01:04 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh....weight gain!!!--Please Help jmslevin Weight Loss 3 06-02-2005 09:28 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:43 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!