Love Handles

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    Jul 27, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    In a little over a week I'm going on a summer trip with friends. We're going to be on a beach quite a bit and, though I'm only 12% body fat, I have some ugly love handles hanging on my sides that make my overall figure look bottom heavy. A couple months ago I joined a gym to try to bulk up but I don't know anything about losing weight because I've only been trying to gain it. It's the only fat I really have left on me and I need to trim it off ASAP. Please help!
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    Jul 27, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    You won't accomplish any actual change in a week. The only thing you do in a week is lose water weight, which actually can give you a slightly slimmer appearance. Don't eat carbs for the week (bread, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, fruit, beans, sugar, milk, juice, alcohol etc). You'll be slow and lethargic and have no energy, though, so weigh if that's worth it.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 27, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
    Run ... a lot
  • Timbales

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    Jul 27, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    Work on making your chest, shoulders and back bigger to balance out what you perceive as bottom heaviness. I don't see anything wrong with your waist.
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    Jul 27, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    Personally (and everything above is great advice, don't get me wrong)... I would look at things more long term. Yeah I know you want to kick that last bit off ASAP but... You're at 12% body fat, you don't have any reason to be self conscious, just have fun at the beach!

    You say you've only been going to the gym for a couple months to bulk up, so keep going and pushing yourself harder. If you haven't tried any dieting, counting calories or learning about carbs is the best place to start. Doing a ton of cardio, and/or cutting out carbs entirely will give you the quickest results but... in a hellish month or two, not a week, and a lot of people get frusterated and peter out quick when they go all extreme like that. Slow and steady wins the race, just keep pushing yourself but make it something that is sustainable, something you can keep doing.
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    Jul 27, 2013 9:41 PM GMT
    CBE2013 said Doing a ton of cardio, and/or cutting out carbs entirely will give you the quickest results but... in a hellish month or two, not a week, and a lot of people get frusterated and peter out quick when they go all extreme like that.


    This is actually true, I think the absolute minimum for any carb starve effects is around 2 weeks. I do find, however, that even if physically you don't change, there is a psychological effect of feeling slimmer when you cut out all sugar and starchy carbs, even for just a week.
  • Fargo

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    Jul 27, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Or do like I did, liposuction. Quick & easy, if you have the $$$.
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    Jul 27, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    I would never kill myself to look good for the beach. There will always be someone better built and better looking and most people at the beach, even gay beaches are (gasp!) not in good shape. If I'm in shape, great, but I'm always in my best shape in February and my worst in August.
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    Jul 28, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    Fargo saidOr do like I did, liposuction. Quick & easy, if you have the $$$.


    If you still diet and exercise after liposuction does the fat stay off, or slowly re-appear?
    Also, what was the procedure and recovery like?
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    Jul 28, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
    green tea
    stop bad carbs
    more cardo
    limit fat

    most of all this works and non stimulant,,,,,

    L'CARNITINE!

    Did me good....

    I follow a strict diet also
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 28, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI would never kill myself to look good for the beach. There will always be someone better built and better looking and most people at the beach, even gay beaches are (gasp!) not in good shape. If I'm in shape, great, but I'm always in my best shape in February and my worst in August.


    You should come to North Ave Beach in Chicago, almost all the guys are buff and beautiful(of course 90% of them are in their 20's).
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    Jul 29, 2013 8:25 AM GMT
    There's no way to target just that area. It's either general reduction of body fat, or liposuction.
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    Jul 29, 2013 9:03 AM GMT
    Fargo saidOr do like I did, liposuction. Quick & easy, if you have the $$$.


    ARRGGHH!!!
    So jealous, I wish I had the money because I would totally fix some shit up in a heart beat.
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    Jul 29, 2013 9:05 AM GMT
    To the OP, if you are at 12% bf, you are doing something right.

    I appreciate all the advice above.

    One thing I've heard from a certain fitness model is the chair analogy. Diet, cardio, sleep, and weight training represent the 4 legs of a chair. If one is off, the chair will wobble. If 2 are off, the chair will fall over.
  • Fargo

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    Jul 30, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    Fargo saidOr do like I did, liposuction. Quick & easy, if you have the $$$.


    If you still diet and exercise after liposuction does the fat stay off, or slowly re-appear?
    Also, what was the procedure and recovery like?


    Once the fat is gone, it is GONE. My primary procedure was actually to fix my gynocomestia but the plastic surgeon purposed to clear the love handles so I can get more of a V-shaped body. The results were fantastic and the recovery was quick. I was hitting the weights in about 3-4 weeks.

    I am actually trying to bulk now, which must include some fat increase as well, but the fat tends to go elsewhere. Unless you become severely obese, the number of fat cells does not significantly increase IIRC.
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:19 PM GMT
    You aren't going to do anything in a week, for love handles especially. Even a lot of fit people have trouble getting rid of fat deposits in that area.

    The key for vacation - baggy swim trunks (or properly fitting for the rest of the world). People think wearing tight swim trunks will look better - wrong - they just pinch right at your hips and make your love handles look bigger than they are.
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    You could walk around with your hands on your hips, make you look all important like icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    The only way to lose love handles in a week is lipo.
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    Heynice2meetya saidYou could walk around with your hands on your hips, make you look all important like icon_razz.gif

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    Jul 30, 2013 3:06 PM GMT
    Fargo said
    ChicagoSteve said
    Fargo saidOr do like I did, liposuction. Quick & easy, if you have the $$$.


    If you still diet and exercise after liposuction does the fat stay off, or slowly re-appear?
    Also, what was the procedure and recovery like?


    Once the fat is gone, it is GONE. My primary procedure was actually to fix my gynocomestia but the plastic surgeon purposed to clear the love handles so I can get more of a V-shaped body. The results were fantastic and the recovery was quick. I was hitting the weights in about 3-4 weeks.

    I am actually trying to bulk now, which must include some fat increase as well, but the fat tends to go elsewhere. Unless you become severely obese, the number of fat cells does not significantly increase IIRC.


    Wow that sounds great icon_smile.gif
    I am motivated now to really try saving up!
  • great_scott

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    Aug 04, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    No offense but that's more than 12 percent. There's more defined pec/upper ab separation at 12.
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    Aug 04, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    great_scott saidNo offense but that's more than 12 percent. There's more defined pec/upper ab separation at 12.


    That's why I always laugh when my little hand held thing tells me I'm at 8-9% icon_lol.gif . I only use it to measure change though over my monthly check-ins, I know the number itself isn't very accurate.
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    Aug 19, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    So did the OP meet his goals? Headless torso vacation pics pls!!!