Love handles, the areas on the lower sides of your torso that store excess fat, are very difficult to lose. In fact, some avid gym-goers also struggle to shed these pockets of fat despite their steady and intense workout regimens. The good news is, although love handles are hard to lose, they aren’t impossible to get rid of. There are faster ways to target and lose love handle fat. Keep on reading to learn some effective love handle exercises; changes you can make in your diet to lose love handles; and a surprising treatment that can speed up the process.
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Why It Is Difficult to Lose Love Handle Fat?
Once you start developing love handles, your body will make it difficult to get rid of them. This is because the human body loses fat in the reverse order that it is deposited. Let’s break it down. If you think about fat storage, it makes sense that we put on fat in our midsection because it is easily accessible for our body to turn it into energy. So, as you aim to cut the fat in your midsection, your body will attempt to remove the fat from other areas like the face and neck, which are “less essential” areas of fat storage. Although that may not be the result you are hoping for, it is your body’s way of ensuring that you have energy when you need it.
Causes of Love Handle Fat
The main cause of love handles is fat retention. When your body takes in too many calories, or if you are not burning as many as you are consuming, your fat cells accumulate. As time goes on, these cells can become more visible as they grow in certain areas like your abdomen and your hips. Fat cells are all over your body, and can accumulate anywhere, but certain factors increase the chances of fat being stores around your love handles. Some of these factors include the following:
- Hormonal changes
- Lack of exercise and physical activity
- Diet high in sugars, fats, and calories
- Lack of sleep
- Undiagnosed or untreated health conditions that slow down metabolism
How to Get Rid of Love Handle Fat Naturally
If you want to get rid of your love handles in a natural way, you will need to exercise and change your diet. You should create a workout plan of muscle conditioning exercises to improve your functional fitness, posture, and metabolic afterburn. Consider using exercises that involve more muscles in your body such as squats, upper body pulling and pressing, and core exercises. You should also consider high intensity interval training as part of your routine. Although the fat has gathered around your abdomen, you should not obsess about your core. Spot-reduction exercises typically do not work on their own, but you can impact fat loss by combining those workouts with cardio, strength training, and a healthy diet. Some exercises you can do to get that love handle fat burning include:
- Bicycle crunches
- Russian twists
- Side planks
- Aerobic exercises
Dietary Tips to Reduce Love Handles
As you attempt to lose your love handles, you should also pay attention to what you are eating. Weight loss does not necessarily mean you are getting healthier. If you restrict calories but eat refined carbs, sugars, and saturated fats, you can prevent your body from getting the nutrients it needs. It’s important to consume your required amount of protein to support the lean tissue in your body. Otherwise, you will be losing muscle mass, not fat, and your love handles will stick around. To promote the most fat loss possible, make sure your diet plan contains plenty of lean protein (white meat, lean steak, tofu, low-fat dairy, and fish), and include healthy carbs such as whole grains, green vegetables, fresh fruit, and unsaturated fats like olive oil and nuts. Here are some more tips to blast those love handles away:
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid processed food/fast food
- Limit unhealthy carbs
- Eat more protein
- Stock up on vegetables and fruits
- Have a balanced diet
Non-Surgical Procedures for Love Handle Fat Reduction
The SculpSure treatment for love handles can permanently eliminate the fat cells in the area so they never come back. This allows clients to feel confident in their bodies as they continue to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. It is not a weight loss treatment; rather, it is designed for people who are already active yet cannot seem to target these stubborn pockets of fat. As a result of the treatment, the now-gone fat cells will give your body a sleeker, firmer appearance.
SculpSure Plus is slightly different. It combines the traditional SculpSure treatment with an additional three radiofrequency (RF) laser sessions that help to eliminate the dead fat cells after the SculpSure treatment has destroyed them. Although the body will filter out the dead cells through the lymphatic system, the “Plus” RF sessions get them out faster.
Get Permanent Love Handle Fat Loss at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
It can be intimidating to consider laser treatment for fat loss, especially if you have been seeing progress with diet and exercise. However, the SculpSure and SculpSure Plus treatments have proven to be so effective, you can feel more confident and see even better results in a shorter period of time! Plus, since there is little downtime and minor discomfort, you’ll be able to have a session and get right back to your daily routine.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give our clients the anti-aging skin and body care that they deserve. We support our clients being able to make informed decisions about how to pursue body contouring and we are proud to employ some of the best practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at (416)546-4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.