On both sides of your body sit the partners in crime to your belly fat, love handles. Love handles can be amongst the most pesky on you body to trim down and lose fat on. When you go to the grocery store you will see endless articles about exercises that you can do to get rid of your love handles forever and live in merry weight loss land. Unfortunately for you losing your love handles is not as easy as doing a few exercises it requires significant changes to your diet and lifestyle. There is never a quick fix in the battle to lose body fat so if you want to get rid of your love handles be prepared to work hard.
The most important thing for getting results in any exercise program you undertake is nutrition. What you put into your body is what you’re going to get out of it. In order to lose the fat that sits on your belly and your obliques (love handles) you must first begin by eating a healthy diet. You cannot spot reduce your fat problems away by just doing endless repetitions in the gym what you do outside is just as important.
First, start by cutting sugars. Look on the labels of the foods in the grocery store many of them are going to have sugar as a main ingredient. This means that if you want your love handles to leave your life all of those processed foods must make a quick exit as well. This isn’t to say that you cannot indulge yourself in an occasional treat but it must be just that a treat, not a dietary staple. Soda tastes really good I know, but it can’t keep replacing water in your life. Water helps you maintain good health and can help get your body trim. Don’t fall for marketing, Vitamin Water has loads of extra calories and sugar so be careful on including that in your diet.
Foods you want to eat include chicken, eggs, fish, turkey, lean cuts of beef, veggies (though try to avoid to much starch), etc. You will want your diet to be high in protein, moderate in carbohydrates, and low in fat. Do a quick search to find grocery lists for healthy eating and a good idea is to stay along the outside of the store when you go grocery shopping all of the processed foods are bunched up together in the middle usually (hey that’s great symbolism for your fat stomach).
Now we can bring ourselves to the exercises that can help you shape and get rid of your love handles. Like I said before you cannot spot reduce your love handles so you have to keep these exercises as part of an overall workout plan. Also, lifting weights and doing cardio will get you results much quicker than just cardio alone plus you will have better shape and tone. More muscle equals more calories burned. Ladies don’t worry about getting big and bulky by lifting weights your hormones aren’t the same as our that build muscle. Just keep your weight lifting routine moderate with weights where you can do 12-15 repetitions per set. Cardio should be performed 3-4 days a week for 30-45 minutes each session unless you go the high intensity training route where 15-20 minutes should be adequate. My rule of thumb for cardio is that if you can read a magazine while doing it you’re not working hard enough.
Exercises for obliques (love handles):
Now these don’t have to dominate your workout one or two per abdominal workout should be enough. Abs 2 or 3 days a week will give them plenty of exercise without overtraining them. Do these exercises slow and really focus on making the muscle contract.
Twisting crunches: Lie on your back with your hand behind your head. Curl up as you would for a crunch but twist your torso so that your left elbow comes across to your right knee. Return to the starting position and switch sides for each rep.
Twisting hanging leg raises: Hold onto and hang from a bar with your hands. Bring your knees up and slowly twist them to the side before returning to the starting position.
Side leg raises: Lie on your side keeping yourself up with your elbow. Keep the leg that is on the ground slightly bent and underneath the leg that will be raised into the air. Raise that leg that you are not resting on as high as you can but when you come down don’t let it hit the floor. Then roll over to the other side and raise that leg. Remember to contract the oblique muscle and not use your hips, you are trying to tone and get rid of those love handles!
Side bends: Grab light dumbbells and bend to one side of your body and return to a normal standing position. Now do the other side.
When you want to lose your love handles you have to do more than just a specific workout designed for love handle reduction it requires hard work and patience. There are no short cuts when it comes to getting in shape, it took you a long time to make yourself out of shape it’s going to take time to get back into shape. If you are serious about losing your love handles and creating the sexy body you’ve always wanted all of the hard work won’t matter because you know that it is worth it.