So, first of all, I am not asking about spot reduction, I know that is not possible. I just want to pick your brains about my weird looking belly.
I just turned 44. I have been Paleo for over a year. I walk a lot, weight lift 3 times a week, and bike ride a fair bit. I have done very well. lost 125 pounds, packed on a lot of muscle, and gone from a 54 inch waist to a 41. I'm female, so I would like to lose a few more inches. I am currently between 210 and 215 pounds.
My lower belly has been steadily shrinking, but my upper belly, under my ribs is till very "full". I look like I'm having rib babies. I thought lower belly fat was more difficult to lose, so I'm slightly disconcerted by this.
My questions are:
- Is this a more or less common trend in weight loss, to still have the upper abdominal fat be more stubborn?
- This is likely visceral fat, yes?
- Do people usually lose subcutaneous fat and THEN visceral? Or do they come off at the same time?
- Could this have anything to do with fact that I have a pretty severe diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)? I had a 10 lb 7 oz baby 13 years ago, and a grapefruit size ovarian cyst removed about 4 years ago, via a midline incision, so maybe my belly structure is just all messed up? If so, any advice on that? ( I know that is sort of a weird question, just thought I'd ask. No pressure. :) )