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Is waist size largely genetics?

Mellouk89Mellouk89 Member Posts: 199 Member Member Posts: 199 Member
I've always had a big waist for as far as I can remember, even when I was very lean I had a 32 inch waist at 1m75. Is waist size mostly hereditary and should we just ignore the number and instead focus on definition and body fat? Isn't it what matters at the end?
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  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 6,273 Member Member Posts: 6,273 Member
    Well, you can't change anything about your bone structure. To give you an example: I have a fairly short abdomen and a wide pelvis. A very present waist, but I'll never get one below 75cm as there's not the space for it. If you're talking about bodyfat, then yes, you can do something about it. It will likely be slow though.
  • sandboxfitnesssandboxfitness Member Posts: 69 Member Member Posts: 69 Member
    You’d be surprised when you lose all the fat around your waist; how much small it is
  • JthanmyfitnesspalJthanmyfitnesspal Member, Premium Posts: 2,758 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,758 Member
    I think the OP telegraphed the answer. No, your waist size doesn't matter a whit to a weasel-- at least not to anyone else. What matters is who you are and what you do.
  • Mellouk89Mellouk89 Member Posts: 199 Member Member Posts: 199 Member
    You’d be surprised when you lose all the fat around your waist; how much small it is

    The lowest ive ever got my waist was 31 inches and I was borderline underweight. Thats why im wondering if some people are just born with a bigger waist.
  • sarah7591sarah7591 Member Posts: 129 Member Member Posts: 129 Member
    I would think it does have something to do with genetics. People have different body types. Some are just more prone to storing in their waist rather than hips. I am no Dr. but that is my .02
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 540 Member Member Posts: 540 Member
    I think where one stores most of his or her fat and their build is largely genetic and/or dependent on hormones.

    Of course, through diet and exercise, one can reshape him or herself and those proportions can look different. For example, if someone really builds up his or her shoulders or back, his or her waist can look small in proportion.
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  • sandboxfitnesssandboxfitness Member Posts: 69 Member Member Posts: 69 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    You’d be surprised when you lose all the fat around your waist; how much small it is

    The lowest ive ever got my waist was 31 inches and I was borderline underweight. Thats why im wondering if some people are just born with a bigger waist.

    Being under weight doesn’t mean you have low fat percentage. When you get to 6-7% body fat then evaluate your waist line
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 1,814 Member Member Posts: 1,814 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    6-7% body fat is not healthy at all I don't know why you would want to get down that low.

    There are high level athletes that compete at that level (NFL receivers, defensive back, NBA guards, sprinters, etc). They are doing alright.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,848 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,848 Member
    If you have a wide pelvis and a wide rib cage, it may not be impossible to get a slim waist, but that geometry does make it less likely, particularly - as yirara says - you have a short torso. Since you're a guy, I'm assuming you're not going for hourglass anyway. For a male, seems like definition and relatively low fat ought to be possible (but I'm not going to venture into BF% estimates). Do you think it's important for a man to be below some absolute number for some reason?
  • Mellouk89Mellouk89 Member Posts: 199 Member Member Posts: 199 Member
    I'm not interested in being extremely lean, i've experienced it in the past and it felt terrible. To me 12-14% is the sweet spot. But I find that I have a bigger waist than most people who are at my weight and body fat level. So i'm wondering if it's genetics. At least i've heard that it may be genetics.

    I actually have a long torso, and I would say I have pretty thick upper body.

    i can post some pictures if it's allowed.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,848 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,848 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    I'm not interested in being extremely lean, i've experienced it in the past and it felt terrible. To me 12-14% is the sweet spot. But I find that I have a bigger waist than most people who are at my weight and body fat level. So i'm wondering if it's genetics. At least i've heard that it may be genetics.

    I actually have a long torso, and I would say I have pretty thick upper body.

    i can post some pictures if it's allowed.

    It's allowed, as long as you're wearing at least something like a bathing suit that covers you up in a way that you could go out in public like on a regular beach. Pictures in underwear, or with waistline pulled down really far, are not allowed.
  • ChickenKillerPuppyChickenKillerPuppy Member Posts: 217 Member Member Posts: 217 Member
    When I was 160 pounds and when I am 120 pounds, I’m still a 36 inch bra size. Cup, however, has gone from a C to an A! But my rib cage is wide even at a much lower weight.
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Member Posts: 5,177 Member Member Posts: 5,177 Member
    I don’t know about genetic, but yes, I think it pretty much stays the same big or small.
    When I was small, my hips were about 4 inches larger than my bust and 15 inches larger than my waist.
    When I was big, my hips were about 5 inches larger than my bust and 14 inches larger than my waist.
    Probably not gonna change a lot.
  • bold_rabbitbold_rabbit Member Posts: 1,130 Member Member Posts: 1,130 Member
    I think there is probably a genetic component. Even when a healthy BMI, my spouse (male) has a waist around 34". I, however, have always had a proportionally small waist for my weight (whether normal BMI or overweight or obese). On the other hand, my cankles are huge even when I'm slim.
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Member Posts: 4,418 Member Member Posts: 4,418 Member
    A lot of it is. I’m short and my ribs end right above my hip bones so there isn’t much room for it to dip in. Even at my lowest body fat, I had a 27 inch waist. There is no room to go any smaller for me no matter how much I lost.
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