Sorry for the interruption, but I have something to say to Crystal-Gayle to motivate her. So, if Crystal-Gayle's particular situation isn't of interest to you, please do skip this post. Hi Shaun!
Whoa, Crystal-Gayle! You have the same problems I have! I am underweight but I have a tummy to lose. It looks like a metabolism problem for sure. I am not exactly what you would call regular...
Don't go thinking you don't have excess body fat! If you have it on your tummy, you have it everywhere. You just can't see it because other parts of your body are probably in better shape than your tummy and the muscle shows through the fat. I know my butt is soft... Your body mass index is probably messed up - too much fat, not enough muscle. This is what needs to be corrected.
So, part of your body weight is fat. You need to burn the fat, but then you will lose weight, which isn't what you want. My plan is to lose the fat through working out while adding calories to my diet through proteins to counter the weight loss and build muscle to replace the fat. I am also thinking of finding some way to flush toxins from my system. If my metabolism caused fat to build up, there are most likely other yucky things in there holding me down. Nothing aggressive, though - for now, it is just a yogurt a day to keep traffic moving.
But first things first. I am in the process of getting used to working out, which is already a big change. I am doing it to get fit, nothing more, so that I am able to do the moderate workouts when it comes to that. The body building (yup, that's what it is called) will only come later, once I am stronger. However, it might happen on its own, and then, I have to be ready. If I do start losing weight quickly, I will need to counter that with proteins, so I am researching what proteins I need to build muscle. I am still researching workouts as well, something that doesn't have me burn too many calories at once but gets my entire body in shape, and is fun too. I might have to make my own blend...
I also want to eventually gain weight because I have always been underweight. So, ultimately, it looks like hardcore bodybuilding with strength training and weights, except that I am not doing it for show, and thus, my regimen will be much more relax. I do want to keep looking like a woman!
So, don't focus on your tummy for now, if that's what you have been doing. You have to lose fat through cardio and make sure to compensate for the lost calories by having the same amount of calories through protein.