Based on my last question, "Paleo & Ladie's Bodies", I have developed a new question facing Paleo/Primal participants.
If a healthy female participant in this lifestyle desired to be a little leaner (a little fat is ok), and at least have barely noticeable abdominals (all a girl can ask for..), would there be any small changes that can affect how that change is made to reach desirable effects, without steering away from Paleo/Primal ideals??
Perhaps the answer could be lower carb, or something along the lines of ketosis (can someone explain...) etc. etc.
Comments? Thoughts? Potential Answers?
where are you leanest first when successfully losing weight in the past? Some people have visible rectus abdominus at bf% levels that, for other people, reveal nothing in that area. That same person with visible abs may have greater fat deposition on the glutes and thighs. It's pretty much impossible to spot-reduce permanently. Nobody believes me when I say I have about 20 lbs to lose to get into walking on the beach, vain-as-peacock shape but that's because they're looking at my face. This is partly why people do crash diets--a machinegun approach seems necessary when the area you want to be lean is the last to be so.
I would think some sort of dietary or workout intervention that lowers estrogen and raises testosterone would probably move you to a leaner place. Of course outside of drugs I'm not sure I know how you'd do that except maybe starting with gaining more lean mass while slowly leaning out.
Thoughts from my personal experience:
This may just depend on your body and your genetics. I am probably never going to have visible abs. When I've been at my thinnest I don't have visible ab muscles, even though I have veins sticking out on my arms. Even at a lean bodyfat percentage, with no obvious pudge on my tummy and wearing a size 2 jeans I still carry all my fat subcutaneously and very little intra-abdominally. I'd need to go dangerously low in bodyfat to have the appearance of cut muscles in my abs and thighs. Other women have a different fat distribution, and may be able to get that appearance at a higher overall bodyfat.
If you are new to Paleo/Primal, then the key is to renourish your body, so that your hormones are in good balance.
Optimize Vitamin D, zinc, magnesium and Vitamins A & K. Fermented foods for gut health. Eat whatever macro ratio that works for you.
Once you've been 95% Paleo/Primal for at least 6 months, you can start tweaking. Most people try to move too fast on the fat loss and it never lasts.
What has worked for me to drop my last bits of belly fat is keeping my cortisol low (lots of gentle walking--not too much working out) and doing a protein-sparing modified fast (Low fat, high protein, just enough carbs to fuel activity.) I've been Primal for 18 months, though!