I'm new to this forum, I'm 23 years old, I weight 118lbs, 5'4" tall and have been told (by a gym guy?) that I have 25% fat percentage. I am a petite sized woman however I carry the majority of my weight in my arms and midsection. My thighs, butt everything else is in (not body building shape but) bikini worthy shape. I need to get in model bikini (think Miranda Kerr) shape by mid October as I will be part of a tv show in Asia. I know you can't spot train, and by no means am I trying to spot train but really I'm carrying the weight in my arms and midsection and no where else.
I'm pretty active, have lifted weights occasionally at the gym but never on a consistent basis, I've been a dancer and have pretty good stamina. Lately I've been doing workout dvds like Jillian Michael's (HIIT) in the evening as well as doing 30 min on the elliptical during my lunch hour. Besides's that I also take swimming lessons 3 times a week that I NEED to do for a job coming up and that's about an hour each lesson.
I'm eating 1200 calories/day - basically a isolate whey protein drink (mixed with water) in the morning+5 egg whites made in 1 tblsp of olive oil,1yolk and 1 piece of whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon of all natural peanut butter. I have tuna and spinach/kale (no dressing) for lunch, broccoli with 2 tablespoons of light ranch dressing as a snack, 1/2 a banana, a handful of berries and 12 almonds as a snack throughout the work day, whey protein drink when I come home from work after my workout and either lentils or mixed vegetables+baked chicken drumstick for dinner. Occasionally (about 2-3 times a week) I have one cup of brown rice with cooked mixed vegetables for dinner around 5pm.
I've been on this for about 3.5 weeks now and went from 125 to 118 lbs but the fat around my stomach and arms is the same as it was when I started... I've basically just lost an inch around upper thigh and my love handles have decreased.. the front fat of my stomach is still VERY much there (think three rolls when I bend over).
What I'm confused about is whether I should continue doing cardio on my lunch break and then a HIIT workout dvd at home as well as Jamie Eason's 12 week weight training, or if I should cut my cardio, cut my dvd's and simply do Jamie Eason's 12 week. The initial month of no cardio really scares me because my main goal is fat loss fast and from everything I've read that seems to be HIIT training+lots of cardio??! I know that lean muscle helps to burn more fat overall when at rest but I'm not really looking to have cuts in my arms, legs, or stomach - I just want less fat around my midsection.
Also, how long does it take for someone to see results?? Should I be worried that I haven't lost anything since hitting 118 in one week?.. this is pretty much the "last 10lbs" that I'm trying to lose (although it's less about the weight for me more about fat loss).
Let me also just say that I DO have some muscle definition, being a dancer my core is really strong (most ab workouts do not get me sore so perhaps I need to add weights or do more reps), I have good shoulder definition and biceps, my tri's are weak, I can leg press 3 sets of 60x12 no problem.
Any help would be appreciated, I can post pics later!