Losing weight is never easy. In fact, most of us struggle our entire lives to lose weight. We follow a diet, and then get disappointed and fall off the diet bandwagon. Some of us diet and workout but just don’t manage to lose fat in specific areas. In fact, this is the most disappointing aspect of dieting, weight gain and weight loss.
If you put on weight, it is never in the places you want it to be; and if you lose weight, it is never from the places you want to appear thinner! For most people, the abdominal area, with stubborn love handles, is the last place to slim down. For some people, figuring out how to get rid of love handles can be very, very annoying. This is disappointing but the good news is that there are workouts and exercise tips that will help you lose weight in specific areas.
How To Get Rid Of Love Handles the Easy Way
1. Balance your Diet – A healthy diet is the first step to losing weight. Experts recommend you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This has to be accompanied with a minimum of two liters of water. Try to limit your salt intake as salt can cause water retention and water weight. You should also limit your consumption of fried foods, cheese, processed foods, and fatty red meat. Most trainers do recommend you follow diets like the Atkins Diet or other high protein diets to help you lose weight. However, these diets are recommended for people who are 50lbs overweight or more.
2. Reduce Stress – Stress can aggravate the body can cause an increase in stress eating. It also increases the secretion of a hormone called cortisol which causes a range of health problems. Increased cortisol secretion can also cause fat retention in the abdominal area and in the hip area. Start a hobby or activity that will help you relax your mind and body. Yoga, running, hobbies, etc. will all work to help you control your stress and anxiety.
3. Follow Sensible Exercises – Spot exercises do not work. However, a full body routine combined with spot exercises will help you lose weight all over and in problem areas as well. A good workout should be at least 30 minutes long and you have to combine spot workouts like the Bicycle Move, push-ups, modified push-ups, regular crunches, reverse crunches, squats and lunges. Combine these specific routines with cardiovascular workouts like walking, biking, jogging. Even fun routines like using a hula hoop and rigorous dancing can help you weight overall and in the abdominal area as well.
Most people focus on losing weight but what they don’t know is that abdominal fat can cause serious health conditions. In fact, research has shown that love handles and belly fat cause chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. By following a smart healthy diet, and exercising, you can lose weight and get your health under control as well. ∞