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Could you please elaborate on abdominal wall toning during fasting

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25 Apr 2013 22:28 #16316 by Annie1960
Annie1960 created the topic: Could you please elaborate on abdominal wall toning during fasting
Hi Dr. Andre. I wonder if you would be so kind as to elaborate on what you wrote about fasting toning up the abdominal wall.

"we have often encountered this lower back/hip pain in the first few days of a fast. In all honesty, although I can put forward a few theories, I have seldom been able to fully explain it. In some cases it is due to the rapid tone-up of the abdominal wall which straightens the lower back and thus put tension on the posterior ligaments"

Is this just because of the general shrinkage of your abdomin, or is there something else going on. I'm fascinated. Thanks.

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25 Apr 2013 22:55 #16318 by kaypeeoh
kaypeeoh replied the topic: Could you please elaborate on abdominal wall toning during fasting
Losing weight means less intraabdominal fat. The fat I had was causing my belly to bulge forward slightly. The altered strain on the lumbar muscles can cause pain. I had better posture at the end of my fast. But although there was a 6-pack, suddenly I had wrinkled skin on my belly.

kaypeeoh

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26 Apr 2013 07:02 #16328 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Could you please elaborate on abdominal wall toning during fasting
When you fast, dear Annie, your hollow organs (the gut) "tones up", so that the total volume of organs in your belly is reduced. Think of it as a balloon deflating. Thus the circumference of your lower body is reduced. When the belly protrudes (when it is "inflated"), like kaypeeoh explains, the belly bulge forward, thus you have to bend over backwards to stay up. This causes a backward bend in the lower spine. As the weight is lost, the "balloon deflates" and you have to stand up more straight in your lower back to prevent falling backward. The ligaments on the back part of the vertebrae is therefore stretched. This causes pain, until such time as they are "used to" the new length.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.

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26 Apr 2013 13:54 #16331 by Marsh
Marsh replied the topic: Could you please elaborate on abdominal wall toning during fasting
My abdomen is very tight normally. When prolonged fasting my stomach shrinks and generally get very thin around this area. My stomach is really pulled in towards my back at them moment and the gut is very tight. As my normal build is light, fasting doesn't seem to cause back pain, apart from the usual emptyness feeling and skinny abdomin.

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