Weight Loss Support - Did you know...EVERYONE has a muffin top!




ncuneo
08-02-2010, 04:45 PM
So I was doing some soul searching this weekend about whether or not I'm ready to come to terms with my new post weight loss body or continue on for a few. I was at one one of the HUGE malls in the are this weekend and was just observing all the different body types and came to the conclusion that pretty much EVERYONE these days has a muffin top of some sort or another :) I also realized that what I've been describing as the muffin top I want to lose really isn't a muffin top at all, but more of a slight double bump (one above and below the belly buttom) makeing it seem as though I have a muffin top even when I'm naked.

So anyway, I'm not sure where I'm going with this, just more interesting tibits on my quest to accepting my new body and thought I might share this interest exercise of going to a mall and just observing all the different body types. DO NOT compare, simply observe. I think that not comparing myself to others is an important hurdle that I need to overcome as well. Even online, not comparing my goal weight with others of my height, age, whatever.


Petite Powerhouse
08-02-2010, 05:06 PM
I don't think anyone has a muffin top as the expression is generally used these days, provided they wear clothes that actually fit. I never have one, because if I put on a pair of jeans or pants in the store that gives me one, I take them off and try on a larger size or try on a completely different style. I wear clothes that flatter my body, and as is true of everyone, I think, not everything on the rack does. But I think some people put too much emphasis on the number, and thus will wear the smaller size even if it doesn't fit properly. That or they feel they look sexier when the clothes fit very tight. Or maybe getting the right size requires tailoring, and they'd rather not bother with that. Or they have gained a little weight and don't want to buy a larger size because they don't have the money or don't want to give themselves an excuse not to lose the weight.

Regardless of the reason, the muffin top is fabricated: it isn't real. It's just more and more common to see it these days because of the phenomenon of ill-fitting low-rise jeans. Nobody naked has a muffin top—including you. :)

ncuneo
08-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Yep, I think you're right. I guess part of my problem is that things that fit me in the thighs and but are too small in the waist and if they fit in the waist they're HUGE everywhere else. I guess I may have to accept I'm going to have to get stuff tailored. Part of my post thought was a passive agressive way of defending my quest to lose 5 more lbs :) because my problem isn't my muffin top so much which is something that is fixable by wearing proper fitting clothing, but my "double" belly bump that is just there all the time...


Petite Powerhouse
08-02-2010, 05:36 PM
Yep, I think you're right. I guess part of my problem is that things that fit me in the thighs and but are too small in the waist and if they fit in the waist they're HUGE everywhere else. I guess I may have to accept I'm going to have to get stuff tailored. Part of my post thought was a passive agressive way of defending my quest to lose 5 more lbs :) because my problem isn't my muffin top so much which is something that is fixable by wearing proper fitting clothing, but my "double" belly bump that is just there all the time...

Yeah, I feel you on that. I understand wanting to see the changes that last five pounds can make. And at your size, five pounds really will make a big difference. I hope you get the result that you are looking for.

You're right, though, in the sense that no one is perfect. I'm a type A personality. I know that I am always going to be critical of myself, and that includes my appearance, down to the tiniest details. I don't have to deal with loose skin or that sort of thing, but I do carry my own permanent battle scars on my body from a severe prescription drug reaction. But I am learning to let some things go all the same, learning not to obsess, and definitely learning not to compare myself to other people. Mostly I am learning to accept that I have the power to change some things and not others, and that that is OK.

Worth the Weight
08-02-2010, 05:38 PM
I adore this post and I have to absolutely agree! Thanks for the smile and brightening my day!!

rachinma
08-02-2010, 06:24 PM
Regardless of the reason, the muffin top is fabricated: it isn't real. It's just more and more common to see it these days because of the phenomenon of ill-fitting low-rise jeans. Nobody naked has a muffin top—including you. :)
Untrue. I have had two c-sections and I *do* have a muffin top naked.

Petite Powerhouse
08-02-2010, 06:30 PM
Untrue. I have had two c-sections and I *do* have a muffin top naked.

Sorry. I always think of that as something created by fashion—and the unfortunate expression "muffin top" is linked inextricably with low-rise apparel—but of course you are right: abdominal surgery can create a similar effect as well.

srmb60
08-03-2010, 12:11 AM
I thought a muffin top was that roll of flesh over a too-tight waist band??? Like batter that poofs up over the rim of the muffin tin.

Onederchic
08-03-2010, 12:23 AM
I thought a muffin top was that roll of flesh over a too-tight waist band??? Like batter that poofs up over the rim of the muffin tin.

:lol: Me too.

cb1
08-03-2010, 01:29 AM
I thought a muffin top was that roll of flesh over a too-tight waist band??? Like batter that poofs up over the rim of the muffin tin.

yeah. the problem is mine is a jumbo muffin, whereas smaller people have mini-muffins... lol oh to have a mini muffin top !

kendra
08-03-2010, 01:30 AM
Like batter that poofs up over the rim of the muffin tin.

toooooo funnnny! I love this description!

Ciao
08-03-2010, 03:57 AM
I thought a muffin top was that roll of flesh over a too-tight waist band??? Like batter that poofs up over the rim of the muffin tin.

:rofl:

@ncuneo- I've created my own mini-muffin top
simply from wearing too-tight jeans around my
waist ever since I was a little kid. It's created
an indent in my skin that I absolutely hate. :stress:

FreeSpirit
08-03-2010, 08:19 AM
I carry a good majority of my weight in my stomach, so even when I'm naked I have a "muffin top" because my hips are small. I don't really know how to explain it. I can't wear pants that sit at my hips because no matter if they fit perfectly, it will STILL look like I have a muffin top. Quite depressing, actually. :p

srmb60
08-03-2010, 09:13 AM
On a more serious note ... how hard would your body have to be to not puff over something tight?

Hiya
08-03-2010, 09:39 AM
On a more serious note ... how hard would your body have to be to not puff over something tight?

Pretty darned tight. One of my nineteen year-old daughters, a cross-country runner and of a very slender build (5'7"" and 121 pounds), sometimes has a muffin top...

saef
08-03-2010, 10:00 AM
Hmmm. I think maybe I understand what those who fess up to a constant, natural "muffin top" are talking about.

At my natural waist line, just above my navel, I've got a fold of flesh that remains there, like a kind of outcrop, even if I'm buck naked. It's the remnant of a roll. Much of it is probably excess skin, just because of the texture, the amount of wrinkling, and its tendency to float when I'm in the tub. There isn't a lot of it, and I've worked very, very hard to reduce it down to this fold, between my daily hour of cardio & my Pilates work, but it stubbornly persists.

I have to admit that, every now & then, when I'm in front of a mirror, I grab my flesh there & pull it up tight, just to see what it would look like if I sprang for plastic surgery. And my stomach instantly becomes much better-looking & more defined. (That's a very private behavior, which just occurs when I am alone with a mirror, and I wouldn't fess up to it anywhere but here.) For it to go away completely, I think that's what it would take: Surgery.

The alternative, which would be further reduction of my body fat, is a project that makes me weary to contemplate. Weary, and wary, also. I got down to a size 6 before, through cultivating an eating disorder. (In today's vanity sizing, that size 6 probably translates to a zero.) I remember how much that cost me, physically & mentally, and I am just not willing to pay that price again in my time & my energy. The expenditure is too high & the benefit does not scale up accordingly -- I was not that much happier with a perfectly flat stomach than I am now, with that slight remaining fold of flesh. As I recall, once my stomach was flat, I simply shifted my obsession to my butt, and felt deeply dissatisfied with that.

If my stomach is flatter than 85% of the women around my age whom I see on the commuter train, can't I settle for that? Notice that I said "my age." Because if I start comparing myself with younger women, I'm pretty much doomed to stewing in a constant state of dissatisfaction, sort of like the Wicked Queen envying Snow White.

The thing is, all those TV & advertising images of flat bellies -- and they are pervasive, because, after all, the stomach has been the dominant female erogenous zone for at least the past 15 years -- have done a mindf*&%^$ on me. If I start comparing myself with actresses & celebrities & fitness models, it's as self-defeating as measuring myself against teenagers.

So I have to accept the fold & the excess skin for now. The $$ for the surgery (which would create its own set of scars) seems better spent right now for paying down my mortgage & for travel & for a Roth IRA.

TJFitnessDiva
08-03-2010, 10:18 AM
As long as I wear pants that fit I don't have a muffin top. I've had 3 c-sections and have a small pooch above my bikini area (c-section scar is right there too).

Start taking steps to embrace your body....it's the only one you have :)

CarbsAreEvil
08-03-2010, 04:06 PM
I don't think anyone has a muffin top as the expression is generally used these days, provided they wear clothes that actually fit. I never have one, because if I put on a pair of jeans or pants in the store that gives me one, I take them off and try on a larger size or try on a completely different style. I wear clothes that flatter my body, and as is true of everyone, I think, not everything on the rack does. But I think some people put too much emphasis on the number, and thus will wear the smaller size even if it doesn't fit properly. That or they feel they look sexier when the clothes fit very tight. Or maybe getting the right size requires tailoring, and they'd rather not bother with that. Or they have gained a little weight and don't want to buy a larger size because they don't have the money or don't want to give themselves an excuse not to lose the weight.

Regardless of the reason, the muffin top is fabricated: it isn't real. It's just more and more common to see it these days because of the phenomenon of ill-fitting low-rise jeans. Nobody naked has a muffin top—including you. :)

I agree. If you wear bottoms that fit looser around the waist, you won't have one. my waist is 20 inches smaller than my hips and they don't really make jeans for my body type. The result is, it fits around the hips, a little loose around the belt = no muffin top.

CarbsAreEvil
08-03-2010, 04:08 PM
I was looking up "muffin tops" and I noticed that alot of those women were wearing low rise. I firmly believe that if you're soft or fleshy around the hips, low rise is not your friend, even if you're skinny,