The only way to eliminate love handles forever is by following a healthy diet, combined with a daily workout routine that targets your side abs.
But diet and exercise are not enough. You have to pay attention to your sleep, hydrate yourself, and ditch sugary foods.
We call them love handles, yet hate them. In fact, the phrase “love handles” is a misnomer – when it comes to those little extra pockets that tend to spill out over your jeans’ waistline – there is no love lost.
It can be embarrassing when you bend down to pick something along the streets, and then your love handles pop out.
Many people target the obliques and the abdominals with endless side crunches and other types of abdominal exercises.
Shocker! – This isn’t an effective approach to get rid of your love handles.
Luckily, there are a few easy tweaks to your lifestyle that you can employ to eliminate love handles and get a healthier body.
How To Eliminate Love Handles
Here are our top tips on how to eliminate love handles:
1. Drink More Water
Eating excess calories may result in extra fat in the areas around your midsection.
A simple way to counter your cravings and eat only when your body needs food is drinking more water.
Feelings of hunger are sometimes misleading as you may actually be simply thirsty instead.
Consider drinking some water – then waiting for 20 minutes to see if the cravings will still be there. If you still feel hungry, eat.
2. Watch Your Sugar Intake
You already know by now that sugar is almost in everything we ingest – and it can cause harm to your body resulting in excess body fat.
If you’re keen on cutting back on sugar, check your labels – And you’ll be amazed by how much better your body will start to look and feel after ditching sugar.
Sugar may be hidden in plain sight – learn the different names used commonly for sugar.
The recommended amount is a maximum of 25 grams per day for women. This amount is not much given that there are 35 grams of added sugar in a regular can of soda.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Just as is the case with stress, failure to get enough sleep raises the levels of cortisol in your body which may lead to weight gain.
Studies indicate that people who get enough sleep often weigh less compared to those who are deprived of sleep.
According to one study involving more than 83,000 people followed for more than 7 years, people who slept less than five hours each night had more weight and belly fat compared to those who slept 7-8 hours per night. (1)
Try getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night to avoid weight gain.
If a sleeping disorder is getting in your way, visit your family doctor for further assistance.
4. Avoid Alcohol Consumption
One of the greatest enemies of weight loss is alcohol. That’s because of its huge amount of empty calories.
Each glass of wine, beer, or any other alcoholic beverage has at least 150 calories. This doesn’t seem a lot, but let’s face it, you’re not gonna stop after your first glass.
So each night out means about 1000 calories added to your normal calorie intake. That’s enormous!
One night out with alcohol consumption will definitely cancel the process you’ve done the entire week.
So, by all means, avoid alcohol consumption if you want to lose weight and eliminate love handles!
5. Do Some Exercises
Pilates is an excellent way of tightening and toning your entire body – and more so, your tummy. You can find pilates classes at a location near you.
An alternative is to do some core exercises at home. The specific exercise for love handles is a side bend or side lift.
Here’s how to properly perform a side bend to burn side fat and eventually eliminate love handles:
- Do this by lying on your side on some pillows.
- Place your hands at the back of your head and interlace your fingers or put your arms overhead.
- Engage your abdominals and lift your rib cage off the pillows. You should feel the burn in your lateral flexors and obliques.
- Do this 10 – 15 times on each side. Then repeat for a total of 5 sets.
- Make sure you perform this ab exercise at least 3 times per week.
While employing one of these tweaks may lead to weight loss, combining several of them will place you in a better position to eliminate love handles forever.
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