Fat around the waist (Love handles)

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    Jul 18, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    I have been trying to reduce the fat around my waist (belly and love handles) and the belly fat exercises seem to be working but the fat on love handles (don't know the proper name lol) seems to be very resistant and I am getting desperate now. Any help?
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    Jul 18, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    Fat on the obliques (love handles) and lower abs is caused more from improper diet than improper exercises...and is also genetic. It can be gotten rid of, but you'll have to figure out what foods will help do that. For me it's required cutting out all dairy, most sugars, and most caffeine...and I'm still not finished finding more dietary tricks to burn off what little is left.
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    Jul 18, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    I have already cut most sugars and I don't take coffee or tea at all. but 2 cups of milk are absolutely essential for energy especially in a country with 90% humidity and 48 degree Celsius temperature.
    I think it is genetic but I would like to find out the right mix of food and exercise to get rid of it
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    well, you're south asian like me - its definitely genetic. i managed to lose most of mine, and didnt cut out anything in particular - just cut down on calories in general by cutting out high GI carbs. as long as you eat about 500 calories a day less than you burn, it should work over time.
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    di0nysus saidI have been trying to reduce the fat around my waist (belly and love handles) and the belly fat exercises seem to be working but the fat on love handles (don't know the proper name lol) seems to be very resistant and I am getting desperate now. Any help?


    Besides being on a calories deficit is the type/intensify/rest of the exercises you do.

    I don't think different foods go to different parts of the body as fat (e.q. dairy, meat etc)

    From the main picture I see in your profile, you haven't reached that end level of fat, the stubborn fat, yet. Just keep doing what you're doing.
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidFat on the obliques (love handles) and lower abs is caused more from improper diet than improper exercises...and is also genetic. It can be gotten rid of, but you'll have to figure out what foods will help do that. For me it's required cutting out all dairy, most sugars, and most caffeine...and I'm still not finished finding more dietary tricks to burn off what little is left.


    I agree with paulflexes that it comes from diet issues. For me, it was cutting out glutin, grains and sugars. It took a few weeks to start seeing results so give it at least a month before you get too frustrated. I still have a way to go to get where I'd like to be, but it's been fun so far.
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    You do cardio...If yes, what man?
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    Jul 19, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    imasrxd said
    paulflexes saidFat on the obliques (love handles) and lower abs is caused more from improper diet than improper exercises...and is also genetic. It can be gotten rid of, but you'll have to figure out what foods will help do that. For me it's required cutting out all dairy, most sugars, and most caffeine...and I'm still not finished finding more dietary tricks to burn off what little is left.


    I agree with paulflexes that it comes from diet issues. For me, it was cutting out glutin, grains and sugars. It took a few weeks to start seeing results so give it at least a month before you get too frustrated. I still have a way to go to get where I'd like to be, but it's been fun so far.


    I agree. I see best results by cutting off sugar, grain, and legumes 100%.
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    Jul 19, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Diet wise you can eat anything you want as long as you stay within your caloric guides....Carbs aren't your enemy....overeating is....Just don't do it....BUD
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    Jul 19, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    Thanks guys I don't do cardio on a treadmill instead I prefer fast paced walk session after weight training five days a week for about 20 minutes. Do you think artificial (zero calorie) sweeteners can be a reason?
    p.s I used to be really obese like my waist was 42" and over time I have brought it to 33"
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:17 AM GMT
    Go running or do side planks that shuld get rid of that also LOTS AND LOST OF WATER!!!!
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:22 AM GMT
    My problem, too. I don't know what else to cut, frankly... other than the handles themselves. LOL
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:53 AM GMT
    mybud saidDiet wise you can eat anything you want as long as you stay within your caloric guides....Carbs aren't your enemy....overeating is....Just don't do it....BUD
    I used to think that, but learned the hard way that doesn't work. Sure it'll work for maintaining a "healthy" weight, but it won't get you ripped. If you want to get ripped, that takes a very scientific approach to understanding what foods will cause your body store fat regardless of calorie expenditure. Calories aren't the only thing that determines fat storage. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:55 AM GMT
    Zeus17 saidGo running or do side planks that shuld get rid of that also LOTS AND LOST OF WATER!!!!
    I can agree with the planks and the water. I find walking fast and occasional HIIT to be just as, if not more, effective. But that's just my own observation.
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    Jul 19, 2011 9:13 AM GMT
    I run about 25 miles a week (30 minutes a day 6 days a week). do 300 crunches, and try and watch what I eat in terms of # of caloires as well as fatty foods (I can't give up caffeine or dairy products, that is too much sacrifice).

    Still have a little bit of belly fat (very little) but the love handles have virtually disappeared.

    Overall you should be proud of your progress. I was pleased going from a tight 32" waist to a 30", but 42" to 33"? I can't even imagine such a change.