You know the part I’m talking about…
I have a body part I hate. I hate it, but no one talks about it, so I feel even more embarrassed and awkward about it.
Basically, it’s a fatty area above my pubic bone. Not my tummy. A couple of inches below that. I lost a lot of weight in the past year or so and my tummy has gone down a lot but now the other area sticks out. I’m serious, I can grab a handful.
You can see if if I wear a pencil skirt or a form-fitting dress.
And before you jump on me for shaming myself and say I should love my body, I know all of that. And I do. BUT…
Importantly, I know it’s an issue for me, which means it might be an issue for other women, so let’s take a moment and focus on my problematic pubic area.
You may know this area by some other, more unflattering names. According to Urban Dictionary it’s a “bulging area found on large, older women between the waist and the genital area. Not quite a gut, not quite a *unt… The Gunt.”
The other popular name is FUPA – an acronym for “Fat Upper Pubic Area”; or “Fat Upper Pussy Area.”
Whatever you call it, I want my FUPA/Gunt/protruding pubis GONE.
I’ve tried every type of shapewear from Spanx to Nancy Ganz but none of them actually focus on that area. The tummy controllers pull everything in but still show the mound near my meat curtains. I swear if they invented ‘Nancy Ganz for Gunts’ (or Nancy Gunz) it would be a best seller.
So I went looking for other options.
I spoke to Trent Langlands a personal trainer to celebrities like Channel Nine’s Sylvia Jeffreys and Alison Langdon as well as chef Matt Moran. When I told him about my problem area he was a bit shocked: “In my entire career I have never had a client come to me about that area. They’ll complain about muffin tops, saddlebags and pot bellies but no-one talks about that area, so it must be really taboo.”
See this is why I’m bringing it out into the open! So, what exercise can I do to get rid of my pubic paunch?
“I don’t believe you can spot reduce. Silly stuff like sit ups are just going to make you really disappointed,” says Trent. “You need a holistic approach and aim for losing centimetres off the entire body, not one area.”