When I was a freshman in highschool I was 6'1 and 170 ( I had no fat in my stomach and had a 6 pack) and that was my ideal weight. I gained more weight up to 230 or maybe 240. I went on a diet and worked out and am now down to 160 and 23 years old and and can see my ribs but I still have a pouch of fat around my belly button that makes me look fat and it leans down over my pants when I sit down. I don't know what to do at this point and need some help.

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    possible duplicate of Best exercise to lose belly fat fast – JohnP May 12 '14 at 20:15
  • Have you tried...exercise? – Dave Liepmann May 12 '14 at 20:25
  • Describe the contents of "worked out". The diet worked fine, but you might need to change what you are doing for exercise. – Berin Loritsch May 13 '14 at 13:29
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    @DaveLiepmann I was about to reply to this saying he's skinny fat and should put on some lean body mass... Then I realized he lost 80 lbs. I think it's pretty common for people who lose that much weight to have a lot of excess skin around the belly. Not sure if putting on muscle will take care of it. – Daniel May 13 '14 at 22:08
  • @Doc, I do think lean mass will help him. As will patience with the process. I do want to see more detail of what type of exercise he was doing. Going for maintenance calories will also help in the process. – Berin Loritsch May 14 '14 at 11:22

From both personal experience and things I've read, losing belly fat is more about diet than exercise. Sugar intake, specifically, is something that should be severely limited when trying to lose belly fat. For most adults (myself included), alcohol is a major contributor of sugar intake. The point in my life during which I had the least amount of stomach fat was when I was drinking the least -- 2 times a week, max. That being said, I was also exercising regularly at the time (4-6 times per week), rotating weight lifting and cardio.

The following Medical article has some good suggestions under the question on tricks to losing belly fat: http://www.rush.edu/rumc/page-1298330047559.html

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    I'm not sure this is what the OP needs. He's already lost a lot of weight. He's also at a normal body weight for his height. I think he just needs to do some recomposition (maintain the body weight but change the muscle to fat ratio). – Berin Loritsch May 14 '14 at 11:24

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