Love handles?

  • Aus92

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    Nov 18, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    Fucking hate them...

    Im really not that big but they just make me look massive...

    Is there anything I can do to target them? Ive lost a decent amount of weight recently but it's the one area that remains unaffected....
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Nov 20, 2010 9:14 AM GMT
    sometimes yoga/pilates teaches you positions that can tighten u up in those areas....ever heard of the abdominal exercise ppl refer to as "tv time".....well its like that except sideways
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    Nov 20, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    Stop eating.
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    Nov 20, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 saidsometimes yoga/pilates teaches you positions that can tighten u up in those areas....ever heard of the abdominal exercise ppl refer to as "tv time".....well its like that except sideways


    I've done this and it sorta works but honestly, I finally decided to book in for a bit of lipo. I've tried to lose those love handles for two years and they ain't movin'.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Nov 20, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    I had them for ever. My personal trainer's targeted ab exercises are working. I'm never going to have perfect abs but I love the improvement and content to live with the body I have through hard work.

    I hope you can learn to love your body and resist surgery if you can. It took my buddy two years to recover from lipo gone bad and had a wonderful board certified Doc with a great record. It just happens - often!
  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 20, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    Lipo is not the answer....well it is, but the love handles will come back eventually, right?

    You have to switch up what you're doing...good core workouts, cardio and increased intensity to get rid of them. And it's never too late to have cut abs and no love handles. I had love handles at 25 and don't at 52 but I train a lot harder now and it's a lifestyle thing which is a lot cheaper (and less risky) than lipo.
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Nov 20, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    Plain and simple, love handles are about diet. Once you cut down on the foods that are making your body store the fat in the first place, you'll notice the love handles will decrease rapidly. Oblique exercises work well to "tone" that area up a bit (you see those guys with hot abs that have muscle jutting from their sides...those used to be love handles) but unless your diet is right, anything with abs isn't gonna show.

    A lot of it is is also genetics. Guys tend to store fat in our love handles and lower back area, how much you store in those areas is programmed in your dna
  • Chunner

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    Nov 20, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    Boxing and Kick Boxing
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    Nov 20, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Oh god I have the same problem. But with me I have a lot of skin left from the time I used to be very fat. It is going away but very slowly, which my yoga instructor explained like this - "I was fat for seven years so my body is programmed to have that much skin around. Once I lost weight I should give it atleast half the time for skin to contract back". I can't risk getting any lower body fat as am already at 6.8% with 5'11" height.
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    Nov 20, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    Exercising?
  • SpikeJock

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    Nov 20, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    I had an "issue" with love handles too, and everyone told me all the same thing "diet" "more crunches" etc.....

    What finally worked for me was my own variation of the South Beach Diet for one month only. For 31 days I made sure I consumed less than 50g carbohydrates per day (not easy).

    I added in 5 days of fat-burning (low intensity) cardio for 45 mintues per day and lifted 5 days as well.

    It was a bitch of a month, but I lost 11lbs and 1 1/2 inches specifically around my waist, which was the area I was trying to target. Worked like a charm. Now I eat smaller, more frequent meals, and about 1/2 the amount of carbs I used to and run 3 days, lift 6.
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    Nov 20, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    SpikeJock said[...] What finally worked for me was my own variation of the South Beach Diet for one month only. For 31 days I made sure I consumed less than 50g carbohydrates per day (not easy).
    I added in 5 days of fat-burning (low intensity) cardio for 45 mintues per day and lifted 5 days as well.
    It was a bitch of a month, but I lost 11lbs and 1 1/2 inches specifically around my waist, which was the area I was trying to target. Worked like a charm. Now I eat smaller, more frequent meals, and about 1/2 the amount of carbs I used to and run 3 days, lift 6.


    Yup, diet and cardio to lose weight and increase lean muscle.
    As SpikeJock said: "It was a bitch of a month, but I lost 11lbs and 1 1/2 inches specifically around my waist."
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    Nov 20, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    Also, sometimes it looks worse for a while when it's really getting better... i.e. when the abs are "pumped" it pushes out the fat even farther. At least mine do.
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    Nov 21, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThe OP does not provide us with any pics of himself to show us the problem area.

    This thread is pointless.
    Exactly the reason behind my post above. icon_wink.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 21, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    When you work out your abs don't forget about lower back exercises. Working the lower back can help make your mid section look more tight.
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    Nov 21, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    It's mostly diet at this point. I'd add a teaspoon of cinnamon a day to charge up your metabolic rate and lower your blood sugar
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    Nov 21, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    We all have this problem, I think, at some point.

    Dieting will help but like every other body parts, you need to make those muscles workout a bit... by twisting your body. Also, unfortunately, abs and obliques are usually not blessed with the most "exciting" workout exercises. Motivation is so important.

    As Chunner mentioned, some sports like boxing and kickboxing are really good because you are forced to twist your body and they offer at the same time a very good cardio. Few sports do. Olympic wrestling is another good sport for that.
    It is basically working out core muscles and doing cardio at the same time.

    If you are not too much into martial arts and fighting sports, try to see if you can find classes of Body Combat. Here in Toronto, Goodlife Gyms offer those. It is a cardio class based on martial arts (karate, kick boxing, boxing, muy thai and other martial arts). May be your answer.

    Good luck :-)
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    Nov 21, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    Visible abs are a function of body fat levels. PERIOD.

    In order to get your body fat levels low you need to get busy. HIIT is the fastest course. You want to train just above ketosis for a few weeks (get some Ketostix if you don't get it), keep your calories UP, and the fat will melt off. If you have low blood sugar, eat more. (Get a tester for $10.)

    DO NOT starve yourself, as that will encourage the feast famine response, slowing your metabolism to a crawl, turning your body in a fat-storing machine and making you "skinny fat." Keep your calories up to maintain an optimal metabolism and allow you to maintain intensity. Do high intensity exercise, 10 to 20 minutes daily. Manage your insulin response by small meals, often. Manage your ability to perform and your metabolic rate by KEEPING YOUR CALORIES UP.

    Visible abs are NOT a function of any particular exercise. That's just crap.
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    Jun 16, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    Dont have em, but I like em on a guy