I really belief that if I was able to make my entire mid-section smaller, I'd be perfectly happy. More specifically, the "cushion" around my lower abs. I'm at that stage where I know it doesn't look huge, but if I look in the mirror and pull that fat back -- tightening it up or whatever -- I can see what I would look like without it and I do like it. I just don't know how long it will take to get rid of it or anything.. nor do I know what exercises work best to tighten that area up and burn off the calories/fat cells/whatever the best.
Your body stores fat around the belly and abdomen because it is the least restrictive to our movement, (hence why we don't really get fat hands or feet etc) and it is where lots of fat cells are.
It is impossible to burn fat from a specific area like that.. you need to burn the calories stored in the fat throughout your whole body in order to reduce your weight & body fat percentage.
So, if your doing stomach crunches all day you might look better because the muscle tone in that area is improved - but not because you've been specifically burning the fat that lives there. Burn calories by exercising and you lose fat all over..so eventually the area you want to improve shrinks
I think slimming more just to lose that fat may not be healthy for me. So, I'm just toning and maintaining/gaining now.
lay on your back flat and curve your lower back so there isnt a space between you and the mat. suck in your stomach (so you can still breathe comfortably obviously but hold it in) and extend one leg straight out almost on the ground but not quite and take the other leg and put it in the air bent at the knee as if you are going to pedal a bike. hold it counting 1-2. then switch legs. repeat 12 times and do 3-4 sets. dont over do it. thats all you need is 4 sets max and allow a day inbetween to let them rest and recharge before you do it again so you get results. it is very important that you hold in your stomach muscles during exercise like running walking and especially abdominal exercise because you want to train the muscles to shape inward not pushed outward.
Elliptical does work wonders. My trainer friend years ago told me the first thing to do when starting out trying to get fit is to "suck in your gut!" Works with walking too- just remember to hold those muscles tight while working out. Years ago I did that while walking every day. Resulted in much smaller waist and firmer tummy than others who were just walking without holding abs tight. Also helps to tighten glutes while walking to firm up rear faster.