It's not about the specific exercises that you do, it's more about the type of exercises that you do. Believe it or not, doing situps, crunches, or any other abdominal workouts will not help you get rid of love handles.
Love handles are excess fat, and the best way to get rid of fat is by doing aerobic exercises. These include running, jogging, cycling, hiking, swimming, etc – basically anything that makes you sweat a lot and gets your heart pumping as fast as possible.
Doing aerobic exercises consistently is vital to losing love handles or fat in any other area of your body. One of the biggest myths in weight loss is that you can lose fat in certain areas of your body by doing workouts that target that area.
That only works if you are strength training to build muscle, not lose fat. Fat loss can not be targeted to one specific area of the body – that's just not how it works. Fat is gained all throughout the body and it is lost all throughout the body.
Although doing exercises such as crunches and situps will help you build muscle in your obliques, which will help burn fat faster, it is vital for you to do some aerobic exercises. If you don't have a lot of time in the day to go out to join a gym or do some running, consider investing in a treadmill.
Best Exercise For Abdominal Muscles
The best workout that you can do to build muscle in your obliques is twist crunches. These are a lot like regular crunches except you twist your upper body in alternating directions as you're going up to do the crunch. Here are the steps to doing an effective twisting crunch:
1. Lie flat on your back, keeping your legs straight
2. Put your hands on the back of your head so that there is less strain on your neck
3. Bring your head upwards and twist your stomach a little to the right while bending your knee backwards so that your left elbow touches the right knee – only your upper back should be raised; if you are lifting your lower back, you are going too high
4. Repeat the workout as many times as you can, alternating from left to right the direction that you twist your stomach in
5. Do the exercise SLOWLY to ensure that your muscles get a good workout
You should do this exercise about 1-2 times a week, along with doing aerobic exercises about 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes – 1 hour if you want to get rid of stomach fat/love handles. Don't be surprised if you don't see results immediately. It will probably take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to see results, depending on the level of your stomach fat.
Maintaining a Proper Diet
Now that we have covered the exercise portion, we must cover the dieting portion. It is imperative that you maintain a strict diet when you're trying to lose fat. That means no more excessive junk food such as ice cream, cake, butter, etc. Also, try to avoid fast food and even processed food that is everywhere in the supermarket.
Try to eat all-natural, healthy foods such as whole grain bread, fruits & vegetables, rice, beans, etc. If you hate the taste of vegetables (like me), V8 juice is a great option.
There are also certain foods that help burn fat much more effectively than others. These include:
- Oranges (or almost any citrus fruit)
- Egg Whites
Try to fit in at least one of the above foods in your diet once a day.
It is also important to keep track of how many calories you consume throughout each day. When you are trying to lose fat, it is best to consume less than 2,000 calories in any single day. You can find the amount of calories that a particular food contains by reading the nutrition facts label on the packaging.
TIP: Try not to drink your calories, eat solid foods rather than liquids. This will make you feel more full than you really are, which will help you eat less and consume less calories.
Hopefully, this article gave you some insight on how to lose love handles. The truth is, there are no magic exercises to get rid of love handles. It takes a disciplined diet and consistent workout plan to lose fat and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably trying to sell you their product.
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