Lower belly - is it just fat or something more?
I've been primal/paleo for over a year now. I have Celiac Disease, and have been gluten free for over 2 years. I do not eat dairy except for Kerrygold butter. I rarely eat nuts. I take a multivitamin plus supplement with vits a, k2, d3, calc/mag/zinc, and fish oil daily. My exercise varies between walking, yoga, elliptical, and crazy dancing in my living room (when I'm alone..).
What I'm wondering is, what is UP with my lower abdomen? Is it just fat that will go away with general fat loss? I weigh around 135lbs and am 5'5". It just seems so out of proportion. Do I need a leptin reset, though when researching the symptoms I don't really have any. I have tried IFing (the 16hr one, skipping bfast) and didn't notice a difference. Normally my carbs are under 100g a day, half the time they are below 50. I eat around 1200-1400 cals a day. I don't snack much, if I do it's normally a small apple with some sunbutter. I rarely eat processed foods and keep sugar intake low (the apple is about the sweetest food I can handle, everything else tastes tooo sweet!)
Stress? Maybe. It's been stressful lately but I meditate and do Qigong. Hormones? Not sure. Only thing I've noticed in that area is possibly a short luteal phase (11 days). Any ideas?
Here are some pictures that might help:
Side view, bad posture, relaxed belly.
Side view, slightly better posture, sucked in belly.
Front view for comparison.
I did eat some rice today, so it's possible that contributed to something. Otherwise I'm at a loss.