For such a cute name, love handles aren’t liked a lot. They are basically excess fat that gets deposited near your waist. The problem with this excess fat is that It is actually very hard to lose.
Any calories that aren’t used up the body, for any reason, accumulate as fat in the body. Excess fat often reaches the middle or abdominal region and that is why you end up with those notorious love handles.
Many people take the direct approach of either starting a diet or doing crunches after crunches. This might not always be the right way to go, mostly because not all diets and exercises suit every body type.
Most of the exercises specifically target the oblique muscles but the love handles aren’t the oblique muscles. So, these typical exercises won’t help here. However, there are some exercises that’ll help you tone down those muscles easily.
You still want to fit into your favorite skinny jeans, right?
Too much (added) sugar?
If you want to lose those notorious love handles, people will tell you that healthy eating is the way to go. However, the best way to cut down those calories and still manage to keep most of the foods you like is by reducing your intake of added sugar.
Added sugar is usually found in things like sodas and candies. Natural sugars that are found in fruits or other natural substances are not unhealthy.
Having too much sugar leads to an increased amount of belly fat which can easily reach your love handles.
So, just by cutting down on those, you can start losing that weight.
We understand that you want to lose that extra fat and everyone tells you that your best option is to go to the gym. However, you might have such a busy schedule that you just can’t fit gym into your day.
What you don’t know is that this busy schedule is exactly what you need.
If you can just find ways to keep moving and hustling throughout the day, you will burn calories. If you eat healthy and manage to keep hustling, you will spend more calories than you eat and automatically lose the extra weight.
Setting a benchmark for how much you work each day can also be very helpful in your weight loss journey. A smart watch can help you monitor these steps and some even check your heart rate and other parameters.
Even if we don’t weight loss, stress is bad for your body. There are many problems that stress can cause with regards to your mental health but it can even be a cause for your increasing belly fat.
Stress triggers your body to start producing cortisol. This is an effective solution the body has figured out but if you are exposed to the hormone for long, you might develop anxiety, indigestion, or weight gain.
Hit the hay sooner
Like stress, lack of sleep can also cause your body to act out. It also acts the same way by producing too much cortisol which has the same effect as mentioned earlier.
To prevent your body from gaining weight, you must get 7-8 hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep every time.
If you’re someone who has trouble sleeping, a white noise machine will help greatly.
Increase your cardio
It’s not uncommon to hear someone say that they’re focusing on their ‘cardio’. Cardio is basically any form of aerobic exercises.
These exercises boost your heart rate and help you lose weight.
They might seem hectic but there are many simple activities that fall under the wider spectrum of being cardio workouts. Activities like swimming, rowing, and jumping rope, are all considered cardio.
Those 8 glasses
Everyone grows up hearing the words- “you must drink 8 glasses of water each day.” That might just come in handy when you’re trying to wean off those love handles.
Most people tend to reach out for cold drinks or sports drinks to gain energy. On the contrary, these actually negate all the hard work you’ve done since they contain artificial sweeteners.
Hydrating keeps your body really healthy but it also helps you keep your excessive sugar intake in check.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a workout that has an alternative burst of intense exercise and rest periods.
HIIT on an exercise cycle involves cycling as fast as you can for some time and then taking a break by cycling slowly.
HIIT is known for burning calories faster and it’s also a low duration work-out. Some studies also claim that HIIT can convince your body to use fat for energy instead of carbs.
Don’t even have time for a short HIIT? There’s always an alternative.
Unlike the other options on this list, if you’re looking for a way to lose weight fast, pilates is not the answer.
However, it deserves a place on this list because this doesn’t just make you lose weight, it also tones your body and makes you look slimmer.
Pilates are recommended because they especially work in your midsection. They lead to a much leaner appearance and will definitely work on your love handles.
Call the shots
There isn’t enough scientific evidence to find a clear link between alcohol and weight gain but there is enough evidence that supports the fact that it’s definitely not helping.
Alcohol is high in kilojoules and also slows down bodily functions, especially the burning of fat.
When you consume alcohol, your body burns that first as a fuel source. This means that the glucose or lipids it was originally going to burn end up in adipose tissues.
Reducing your alcohol intake gives your body a chance to properly burn fat, and that obviously means that you won’t gain any extra weight.
Apple a day
It has long been speculated that apple cider vinegar is the miracle drink for weight loss. A study reported that acetic acid, found in apple cider vinegar, can ease metabolism and reduce obesity by suppressing the accumulation of fat.
Never consume apple cider vinegar pure. Mixing 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of water to drink every morning can help you lose weight and lower yout body fat percentage.
It can also suppress appetite which means that you won’t overeat or get unnecessary cravings.