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Muffin Top

What Is A Muffin Top?

The term “muffin top” is a common term used to describe the unattractive appearance of the stomach when it bulges out and hangs over the pants. As more fat is gained in the abdominal area, this condition only worsens over time. Even though it is possible to eliminate the appearance of their muffin top, most people find it very hard to fully get rid of it.

How To Get Rid Of A Muffin Top

There are ways to improve your waistline and reduce the appearance of the dreaded muffin top. The following are some simple diet and exercise tips that, if regularly incorporated into your daily routine, can effectively improve the appearance of your midsection.


  1. Lie face down, resting on your forearms

  2. Push off the floor onto your toes, and rest on your elbows

  3. Keeping your back flat, tilt your pelvis and contract the abdominals

Benefits: Strengthens rectus and transverse abdominis

2Side Planks

  1. Lay on your right side with your legs straight

  2. Use your right forearm to prop yourself up

  3. Contract your abs making sure your hips do not touch the floor

  4. Repeat on the left side

Benefits: Strengthens the obliques and lower back

3Scissor Kicks

  1. Lay on your back and place your hands under your buttocks

  2. Raise one leg straight up, with the other leg slightly off the ground

  3. After holding this position for a few seconds, switch feet

Benefits: Strengthen the lower abdominals and obliques

4Jack Knifes

  1. Lay on your back with your legs straight and arms extended over your head

  2. Keeping your arms straight, crunch your abdominals as you bring your legs in

  3. Straighten the legs out and expand the abdominals

Benefits: Strengthens the rectus abdominis and obliques

How to Avoid a Muffin Top

The only way to permanently stop a muffin top from forming is to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine or through surgery. However, if you are looking for a quick fix, then the following ideas are recommended.

High waisted pants

Although the popular trend for pants in today’s culture is tight-fitting and below the hip, this type of clothing isn’t for everyone. Rather than attempting to squeeze into a pair of these of jeans, wear a larger size with a waist that goes above the hips.

Longer shirts

Short, form-fitting shirts leave the chance for you midsection to show. A longer shirt that does not hug the body will smooth out your midsection and hide your muffin top.


Not only will a dress almost always hide a muffin top, but a dress also provides a classy look no matter what the occasion may be.

Surgical Options

Although a strict diet regimen and rigorous exercise routine can rid their body of a muffin top, not all individuals see the same results. At his Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Stuart Linder has helped many men and women reduce the size of their abdominal area through tummy tuck and liposuction procedures.

Benefits of surgery:

  • Target specific areas that exercise struggles to reach
  • Quickly eliminate fat in trouble areas
  • Contour your shape to fit those perfect jeans

To find out if a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure is beneficial to you, schedule a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon. Call (310) 275-4513 or fill out our online contact form today.