First of all, I hate that term "problem areas," but it's the only way I can best describe those weird areas where some women (myself included) seem to always be out-of-proportion or overweight. My body is not a "problem," but I do I want to be somewhat proportional.
I've been primal (gluten-free, VLC, some dairy, little to no cheating) for almost four months now. I've lost about 20 lbs and have started seeing some muscle gain in my upper body, which is pretty sweet. I've always been smaller up top than on bottom, classic pear-shape: wide hips, large thighs, big ole booty. I've accepted that I'll never have that super-slim model figure and I'm cool with that--I'd rather be strong and healthy with some junk in my trunk.
The problem comes when I am two sizes smaller up top than I am on bottom. My boobs were the first thing to go on this diet (seriously, I'm going to have to buy new bras), but it seems like my larger spots haven't really gone anywhere. I'm starting to see a little muscle tone on my thighs, but it's not as dramatic as my upper body.
Is it a function of needing to do more "spot-toning" strength training and lower body exercise in order to decrease certain areas? Or am I doomed to a life of never being able to wear dresses that aren't wraparound and stretchy or a one-piece bathing suit?