Our expert says:
No, I don't think it's water retention. If I had to guess, I would say that you may be struggling with something quite complex and common, and that's that when you do stomach exercises, you "push out" to get stability, rather than "pulling in". The idea is to get the stability by drawing your belly button in, to "hollow out". The temptation is to bulge out, and I think that can create the problem you have. You need to learn to activate differently, to focus on hollowing by getting the belly button in and then you should see it change.
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