this is a good thread
i think there is something you have to take into consideration, your body is a machine, the sum of all parts, each part influences the next.
it's not in your head.
if you have fat in those areas then you most likely do have excess estrogen in fact you almost certainly do.
realising this, you must also realise that no intelligent efforts are in vain, by losing fat you improve your hormonal profile and by improving your hormonal profile you lose fat.
but what are you gonna do when you get your hormone readings? i think unless you know a lot on the subject the readings will just be numbers on a piece of paper that cost you a fair bit.
so there no need to go getting worried about your hormones, your health is reflected on your body, in your case the fat in areas but also the improvements you have had.
to improve your hormones, here are a few suggestions.
-the warrior diet cycle is good for growth hormone
-cold showers in the morning to stimulate adrenals.
- training hard, heavy weights, moderate volume cranks up testosterone
-anaerobic exercise increases growth hormone, anything that fills your muscles with lactic acid does.
-protein, you want a fair bit if you train hard, fuck the RDA.
-you need EFAs to manufacture prostaglandins, dairy, fish, walnuts for omega 3(alpha linolenic)for a good hormone profile.
- sleeep, 8-9 hours. i wish i could get that every night lol
-don't drink much, don't drink beer.
-cleanse!! a purpose of fat is to store toxins away, calcium may help with this, however don't take it with zinc.
and a couple of testosterone tricks i use,
tribulus terrestris, tastes baaadd but it increases testosterone potential by increasing LH and FSH.more expensive so i don't use it much.
however the best things i find are cheap.
zinc - i wont recommend a dose but i think you need substantially more than 15mg, i think 50-60mg/d would be good. zinc on an empty stomach can make you felt sick, don't take it with foods high in/or calcium.
and vitamin C- buy a big bottle of it,( with bioflavonoids is best) humans don't produce it, the RDA is a joke..(60mg i think) and if you overdose you just get diarrhea to eliminate the excess.
i take 2000- 6000mg/d don't take it in the evening though, it makes it hard to sleep.
zinc and vit c suppress estrogen and in my experience have a synergistic effect.
and returning to the 'mind-body' aspect, don't let anyone push you around, if you want testosterone you have to have balls. winning increases testosterone, losing drains it.
uhh that's all i can think of, best of luck mate