Hi, Sacha. I can definitely relate to your problem as I, too, have always had a problem with my stomach area. One question: is this just your body type, i.e., are you generally bigger in your stomach area more so than the rest of your body? I am, and I find that even when Iíve lost weight this ratio of bigger stomach: smaller rest of body is maintained.
That being said, you can definitely improve that area by doing some ab work. I know everyone says that you cannot spot reduce, but when youíre losing weight (as you are by doing cardio and watching your diet), doing isometric exercise CAN tone up areas of your body. Iíve had great results with The Firmís 5-day Abs (the one with the picture of the man on the front; thereís another one with a woman on the cover, but I donít like that one as well). Iíve slacked off a bit lately, but when I did this regularly (5-7 days a week), my abs really toned up, so much so that theyíre still toned now even though Iím not doing it as often. In fact, since doing the Firm abs, Iíve developed noticeable oblique muscles for the first time in my life! A couple of months ago, I was changing clothes and my sister was in my room, and she just could not believe how toned my abs have become.
One word of warning: try not to yo-yo diet too much (not that anyone actually TRIES to yo-yo). I was a yo-yo dieter my entire life, losing and gaining the same 50-60 lbs. Now that Iím 35 and losing for the last time (I wonít go into how I know itís for the LAST time, but I do know), the elasticity in my stomach is not what it used to be. Even though Iíve had great results with the Firm, my lower abs tend to hang more than they used to.
Oh, by the way, I got my Firm abs video from Target for around $10.