Definitely genetics...and maybe something to do with gender as well. I've read that in general for men the last thing to leave is the gut-lovehandle-lower back region, the spare tire. And for women it is the thigh-glute-saddlebag region that is last to go. Obviously it is different for everyone, but this seems to be consistent with my experience.
I did the V-Diet a couple of months ago and have been following JB's GSD guidelines for the last month since finishing the V-Diet. It didn't take me long to realize that I was going to thin out everywhere else before I really got to the area that I wanted to lose...the spare tire.
I just received this from PN the other day and I found it encouraging. The fat loss deadzone that he describes is exactly where I am right now.
Lesson #2: When Fat Loss Turns Invisible - The Dead Zone
Fat loss is a funny game when you get into the 10-15% range. Above 15%, any fat loss looks good. Your shape improves, you get slimmer, clothes get smaller, and so on.
Once you slide below 15%, the returns really diminish. You can lose a boatload of fat and it seems invisible. Itâ??s not until you get below 10%, or even 8%, where abs start to appear, where your waistline starts to get really tight, and where veins really start to show up.
So basically, there is this giant dead zone in the middle where youâ??re making real gains but theyâ??re incredibly unsatisfying. You must hang in there anyway. If you donâ??t, youâ??ll never be lean.
Lesson #3: When Fat Loss Turns Invisible - The Dead Zone, Part 2
At some point during the fat loss trek, everything seemed to stall. The scale was inching downwards, but the tummy looked the same, no abs in sight. On and on the stupid diet went, and still no abs. Hereâ??s why. My body was shedding fat from other, less sexy, places like my quads, my back and my a$$. I just wasnâ??t looking there. If I would have been, I might have been happier with my progress.
Our bodies are funny things, and fat will come off unevenly. Sometimes itâ??s not where we want it to come from most. It doesnâ??t matter. Thatâ??s the way it goes. Youâ??ve gotta just keep plugging away. Because eventually the fat will be lost. All of it.
In my case, itâ??s clear that my abs wonâ??t really pop until I get down to probably 5%. Others may be luckier, but that seems to be what I have to do.