Hey guys! I finally made the decision to start leading a healthier life. 6 months ago I hired a fitness trainer. Shortly after I changed my diet bit by bit, and I now home cook virtually everything from scratch (the exception is bread). Weight wasn't my ultimate goal with this lifestyle change, but I honestly wouldn't mind dropping the weight! I was hoping that with all this, I'd loose a good chunk of my belly fat, and not have it jump around so much if I walk. Maybe one day, my breasts will stick out more than my belly. ;) So I'm hoping someone here can help me figure out why I'm not loosing belly fat.
My workout routine: run 4 miles 4 times a week. 2 days with my trainer doing strength training (including core) mixed in with some cardio for 1 hour. 1 day off or maybe run 2 miles.
Diet: A typical day would be... (an average total of 1600 calories)
breakfast: strawberry milkshake (no added sugar, just strawberry and milk), sometimes multigrain bagel.
snack: Usually a bowl of berries, grapes, some other fruit.
lunch: last night's dinner, such as vegetables with chicken. I rarely use sauce, I typically flavor with seasonings and vegetables. Sometimes, lunch is a salad instead, filled with nuts, fruits, and vegies.
snack: More fruit and raw vegetables.
I currently work out during this time.
dinner: similar to lunch, but a different recipe to keep things interesting. It's generally vegies, meat, minimal carbs.
I'm a 5'3" 21 year old woman. 6 months ago I was 144 pounds, 34% body fat. I'm now 137 pounds, 30% body fat. It's next to impossible to pinch fat on my legs and arms (yay!), and even my rings are now falling off my fingers. However, I have not even dropped a quarter of an inch off my belly. I'm confused how this is, as is my trainer.
I do occasionally cheat. Sometimes I'll have a soda, sometimes a piece of candy, maybe a cookie. Thing is, I don't do this often and it's not much at a time. Any less, and I won't have them at all and I'll go nuts. ;) My trainer agrees and doesn't think that's the culprit.
The only thing I can think of is my mirena (birth control). Unfortunately I can not switch this or go off as I am on this for a nasty medical condition and not actually for birth control reasons. I've literally tried every other treatment and had surgery, but this mirena has been just a blessing for me and removed most of my problems. The next step is just to remove my uterus if I can't use mirena. So this really is a no change for me for the rest of my life. That said, I've been on hormones since I was 14 and use to be stick thin, and haven't suddenly changed weight with any hormonal change. So I'm just confused here.
Is there anything I can do to remove this stubborn belly fat? I don't to be unhealthy and do something like starve myself (I'd rather have the gut and be healthy), but I'm already doing everything I should be! Work out, eat the right foods, avoid processed foods, etc. How on earth are my fingers loosing fat before my belly which is full of it?
If anyone has recommendations, I would greatly appreciate it!