Despite their name, there isn’t really much to love about love handles. Love handles are the excess fat that’s on the side of the waist and hangs over our pants. Also known as a “muffin top,” this can be one of the biggest challenges in losing weight. You might be on a diet that really curbs your calories, but here are some ways to really help you get rid of those love handles so you can “handle” them better.
Embracing the Cold
There’s a lot has been said about the power of the cold these days. In terms of losing weight, there are theories relating to cold building up the levels of brown fat in the body, which helps to remove your visceral (or white) fat. This is something that forms the basis of the CoolSculpting stomach procedure, but you can also incorporate the cold into your life. For example, cold showers or ice baths. Just make sure you do them safely as you need to gradually acclimatize yourself.
A lot of people still think that the best way to lose weight is to do cardio, but you have to do a lot of cardio in order to gain the benefits of losing weight, and this is where resistance training or lifting weights can be more beneficial because they are more intense and can help your body build lean muscle. Building muscle is important because muscle is something that can help you to burn fat more effectively. Something not many people know is that approximately 10 pounds of muscle can burn up to 50 calories purely at rest in comparison to 10 pounds of fat burning 20 calories, which is a great reason to get more muscle on your body.
Do Whole Body Exercises
A lot of people think that, in order to lose weight from a specific area, you’ve got to target that area, also known as spot reduction. The reality is that if you want to lose weight, you’ve got to build muscle. The body doesn’t take fat from a specific area if you target that area. No matter how many crunches you do, your body works to remove fat from the entire body, which is why whole body exercises can be an amazing way to build up muscle all over. If you want definition in certain parts of your body, you can focus more on those areas but more for the purposes of building muscle.
Remove the Sugar
As obvious as it is, if you really want to lose fat in any part of your body, you’ve got to get rid of added sugar. Additionally, you should focus on healthy fats and fiber. The key part of any diet is to feel satisfied after eating. Sugar doesn’t make you feel full, but the right types of fats and fiber will.
Nobody likes love handles, and they certainly are the most stubborn part of our body, but with the right combination, you can get rid of them for good.