I'm new to the forums, but I'm not new to weight loss. I'm twenty-one and I've managed to lose a lot of weight on my own -- I've gone from 190 down to 115 (I'm 5'4"), size 15/16 to size 3/4. The thing is, though, I seem to have an abnormally large amount of fat on my stomach. I'm not a fat person, obviously, but I have a good two inches or so where my stomach just sort of sticks out and hangs over the rest of my body -- literally. That's the best way for me to describe it. It's rather embarrassing for me, but I'll take a picture if absolutely necessary to illustrate my point.
Nobody notices, because it's hidden under my clothes, but it really bothers me. I feel like I've been doing everything right, but nothing seems to affect that area. I actually find it so weird that I would have so much fat in one spot, considering other parts of me are ridiculously bony.
I guess it would be helpful for me to share my exercise and 'diet' (I use that term loosely, since I hate diets) background with you lot. I exercise five days a week, taking two days off for active rest. When working out, every other day I weight lift (heavy weights, not barbie weights) and follow it up with cardio. The cardio I do after, as well as the cardio I do on my non-weight training days, is comprised of interval training programs that I found on a website called Bodyrock.tv
. Basically, they're short, intense bodyweight and cardio moves. I also go for the occasional jog.
As far as nutrition goes, I don't count how many calories I eat everyday (I did that for awhile and it nearly became an obsession), but when I DO check, it's around 1500-1800. I drink a home-made protein shake after each workout, which includes 1/4 cup of egg whites, 1 cup of skim milk, 1 small banana, and 2 tbsp. of all-natural peanut butter (I don't buy protein powders, but this works out to about 25 grams per serving). I eat about 8 servings of veggies a day, 2 or 3 servings of fruit, 1 serving of whole grains, lots of lean protein (chicken, turkey, extra lean ground beef, cottage cheese, eggs...you get the picture), and a small amount of healthy fat. I don't try to avoid fat, by any means, but it just never seems to play as big a role as other macronutrients.
Basically, I feel like I'm doing everything right and nothing seems to make this stubborn area budge. Does anyone here have any ideas?