I have recently been working on improving my core, and have been consistently working out while maintaining a diet that has previously never altered my shape. However, in the process of sculpting my core, I've noticed that my stomach visually appears larger in an unflattering way although the scale says I have only gained about 3/4 pounds ( I assume to muscle gain since my diet wouldn't allow this). I am in the beginning weeks of this change & I have never had a six pack before. Is this change usual considering you'd expect your stomach to look smaller? Will I drop this noticeable weight? Or should I alter my routine completely?
your muscles get bigger when they are constintly being used. so if your abs burn or are sore they'll increase in size because muscles only get as big as needed. also your stomach will only flatten if there was fat over it.
it will if the exercises make your stomach burn not become sore.when there's burning tells you your fat basically being removed.
Have you started taking supplements that cause bloating? Like Creatine?
In my own personal experience, working on abs alone has the bulging muscle affect but doing cardio that includes ab work, doing breathing exercises, and doing core strengthening moves rather than just abs will help build and define muscle that appears flatter. Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing are great for this!! My Pilates instructor told me to pull my stomach in toward my spine always and especially when working out to help the muscles develop in the flat, pulled in shape rather than the bulging shape that appears it you push your muscles outward when doing a sit up. I have no science to back that up, but it seems to work judging by her clients. It helps support the spine anyway, so not a bad habit to get into. Being a girl, though, you can experience normal bloating due to food or drinks or gas/constipation or girl stuff like your period or other hormonal changes. If it's any of these just take note and it will probably go away on its own. If it persists, you may want to have your dr check for any digestive conditions.
I was doing my ab exercises today and something occurred to me and it made me think of your belly lol. When you do, say, crunches, are you making sure you are pulling your belly button towards your spine? If you don't, every time you crunch up your abs will bulge outwards. You can actually see this happen. This seems to train the muscle to bulge out rather than be flat. So make sure you pull that belly button in at all times during those ab workouts! :)
Strong core equal longer cardio sk if u want a flat belly or abs combine those workout those go hand and hand.
I did the same thing, but I kept with it and my waist line has shrunk. However, one thing I do know, you can work on your abs and do all the cardio & core you want, but if you don't have the right diet, you won't reveal your cut. You say the diet you're following had done nothing in the past, it might not be the right one to support your activity. Lots of lean proteins on strength training days. Lean protein & proper carbs on hi cardio days to support muscle building and recovery. I find I have to research nutrition and find what works for me, we have different body types, therefore we have different needs. So keep experimenting, and keep going, cuz is all working for the greater good, a more fit you!