How to lose love handles? 8 tips for losing weight that will help
Love handles…sounds all warm and cuddly, but it’s just a euphemism for belly fat, but it sounds a bit rude to talk to someone about losing their belly fat, so people started calling it ‘love handles’ instead. So, if you want to lose your love handles (excess belly fat!), then read our top eight tips for losing weight that will help:
1. Start with what you eat
The first tip on how to lose love handles is to look at what you put on your plate. Cut out as much sugar, salt and fatty foods, as you can and replace with more fruit and vegetables. Losing fat takes a combination of good nutrition, less calories and more exercise, and for the fastest results, you need to look at all three of these.
2. General exercise
Next tip on how to lose love handles is to include exercising in your daily routine. There are specific exercise routines that target your belly fat specifically, but these should be sued in conjunction with an overall increase in general exercise too. You can tone specific areas of your body with targeted exercise, but to lose fat in one place, you need to lose fat everywhere. We have included some specific, targeted exercises below for you.
3. De-stress and get enough sleep
Another important tip on how to lose love handles is – get enough sleep and keep away from stress. Stress and lack of sleep will make losing your love handles even harder. When you’re under stress, your body produces extra adrenaline and cortisol, which cause you to crave sugary and fatty foods, which will go straight to the waistline, and, if you make sure that you get enough sleep every night, six to eight hours, research has shown that you are twice as likely to be successful in your efforts to lose weight and unwanted love handles.
4. Sit Ups
You all know how to do sit ups and they’re really easy to do, but just in case, if you are new to exercise, start by doing sit-ups with your knees bent and with your feet flat on the floor and use your stomach muscles to lift you into a sitting position, keeping your hands behind your head and repeat as many times as you can, up aiming to complete ten.
5. Oblique sit ups
A slightly more difficult, but more effective, form of sit-ups is to do Oblique sit-ups. Do the exercise as before, but allow your both legs to fall to one side of you, and try again to do a set of, at least, ten to each side to tone and strengthen your abdominal muscles.
6. Russian twist
Sit on the floor with a straight back, your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Lean back slightly and put your arms straight out in front of you and then, twist your torso from side to side. To add a level of difficulty, lift your legs and tap your hand to the floor by your side on each rotation.
7. Bicycle abdominal exercise
Lay flat on your back with your hands behind your head. Bring your legs up to a ninety degree angle and then bring your left knee towards your chest and twist your right elbow to meet it, straighten your leg back again and then repeat the movement with your right knee to your left elbow. Try and repeat ten times.
8. Boost your confidence, lose the fat
A university study proved that, women are more likely to shed their excess pounds if they shed their lack of body confidence first. Remember, you may not have your perfect body shape yet, but be proud of what you do have and it will be easier to tone that shape even further.
How to lose love handles? Do you have some other tips? Please, feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Stay happy and healthy!