I've been strict low carb paleo for about 7 months and have lost about 45 pounds. I'm breastfeeding. I have another 45-50 pounds to go. My issue is I feel like I'm losing weight everywhere except for my stomach. Case in point: My hipslinger jeans size has gone from a 22 to a 16 but I still have to wear a xxl (or 2x) on top unless it's a loose around the waist. I can see the fat loss in my face, my legs, arms, and my butt but my stomach is just hanging there. I feel extremely unfeminine with my lack of a waist. I know, it has to do with having a baby 9 months ago but is there anything I can do? I had a c-section but I don't know if that changes things. I can feel muscle underneath the pudge. I wear my 24 pound son in an ergo everywhere we go and feel perfectly strong doing it even carrying a butt load of groceries from the parking lot down the street to our apartment so I don't think I've been losing muscle mass. (yes... buttload is a technical term.)
I eat plenty of offal, grassfed meat, some cafo beef, seafood, dark leafy greens, berries, once a week I eat a potato or some soaked/soured buckwheat, take cod liver oil, natural calm, k-2, etc. I completely avoid gluten, sugar, PUFA oils, and other NADS.
Is this a hormonal thing? If so, what could I do about it? I don't know if this is related but I also have some psoriasis on my elbows and knees that only developed since after my pregnancy. My allergenist just handed me a script for topical steroid but I never filled it because of my breastfeeding. Thoughts?
Please don't say stress because I swear on my mother's left toe, I'm not stressed. My baby is the most mellow, happy little dude I've ever met and I have a very low key existence. :-)