Ugh!!! Love handles...

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    May 27, 2014 9:31 AM GMT
    Greetings Gents...

    Kindly looking for advice for getting rid of love handles. If I've missed a forum about that, please direct me. I've changed up my intake and workout but still not working. Maybe I just need patience... lol. But would greatly appreciate any and all legit advice.

    Thank you all and have a wonderful day.

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  • HndsmKansan

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    May 27, 2014 11:53 AM GMT
    I had always been told that fat accumulates in the form of the "love handles" first so you really have to control your diet... what and how much you eat. Sounds simple, but review your diet.

    Also genetics can be a challenge. I am fortunate enough not to have that problem unless I just quit cardio and dismissed my diet.

    Also evaluate your cardio, what you are doing and for how long. Vary your cardio, intense vs. general work.

    Remember, check your diet, doesn't mean to quit eating, it means to evaluate it to see you are consuming a healthy diet with quality carbs.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 27, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    I hate love handlesicon_mad.gif
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    May 27, 2014 2:36 PM GMT
    ^^^^

    Yep, the first step starts in the kitchen and there in lies the biggest problem! They just don't want to come off but it's 90% diet (food AND drink) and 10% cardio. Well OK, perhaps not quite that much but diet is definitely the biggest part and the hardest because of our bad habits and reluctance for change.
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    May 27, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    I love handles too. especially the rustic old ones.

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    This is what you meant right?
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    May 27, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    TO22 saidI love handles too. especially the rustic old ones.

    HA! I have old rustic handles…..trust me…they're OLD! I don't believe you love them that much or you'd have some! Looking at your profile…you have NONE! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    May 27, 2014 10:31 PM GMT
    You can't spot reduce fat. You will need to reduce your body fat generally, and they will go eventually.
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    May 27, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    Ohno saidYou can't spot reduce fat.
    I used to think that, but then I started cycling. That theory doesn't hold up, as my legs are ripped now, while my upper body still has love handles and less definition overall. Over the past few weeks, I've been working my upper body more, and voila, it's starting to take shape again as well.

    So, I'm now on the edge, wanting to believe the old myth that spot reduction isn't possible, but experiencing a different result.

    And according to wiki, there is "some" research supporting this.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spot_reduction
    More specifically: http://ajpendo.physiology.org/content/292/2/E394
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 28, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
    If only I could start running again, I could tighten up my mid section and feel better about myself. But this left ankle is taking forever in its full recovery from a sprain I got on Feb. 28.icon_mad.gif
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    May 28, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    Everyone else has pretty much pointed out the real catalyst which is your diet. My only advice is to get comfortable with snacks like grapes, strawberries, etc that are filling and water-based. Also, tread lightly on the carbs and try to substitute fish for red meats when possible. Genetics and exercise do the rest.

    Best of luck!
  • doriangrey77

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    May 28, 2014 1:34 AM GMT
    I agree about the diet comments.

    If you look up (can't remember where) how many calories are burned in 'x' minutes of 'y' activity, it's truly disheartening how much cardiovascular effort it takes to burn up a few calories.

    Therefore, it's mostly down to how much of and what types of food you eat every day. It's also discouraging for people who like carbohydrates and/or sweets to see how many calories are contained in small portions of either.

    It would appear, from your shirtless picture, that you have none of the dreaded 'love handles'---at least that week icon_smile.gif.
    Of course, a short period of over-indulgence and theeeyyy're baaaackk.

    What's *truly* discouraging is that for men over, say, 45 or so, the amount of calories required just to maintain one's weight---not enough to gain---is remarkably small. From what men that age have told me, for many it's a matter of eating basically a small fraction of what they ate just a few years earlier, and trying not to obsess about food all day...for the rest of their lives.
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    May 28, 2014 3:58 AM GMT
    doriangrey77 said...

    What's *truly* discouraging is that for men over, say, 45 or so, the amount of calories required just to maintain one's weight---not enough to gain---is remarkably small. From what men that age have told me, for many it's a matter of eating basically a small fraction of what they ate just a few years earlier, and trying not to obsess about food all day...for the rest of their lives.
    When I was 37-39 I was 70 lbs heavier than I am now, and ate half as much. Difference being, I wasn't as active, and mostly ate one or two unhealthy/junk meals per day (usually fast food).

    Now I'm 43, much more active, eat twice as much, and way healthier.

    So, add that to your list of 40-something guys who say they can't eat as much. My daily caloric intake is 3000-4000 calories. icon_wink.gif
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    May 28, 2014 4:31 AM GMT
    With more activity I could eat more, yes. But more activity gets increasingly harder. Lately I realized it's easier to eat less and do less cardio. I do just enough cardio to remain cardiovascularly fit.
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    May 28, 2014 5:02 AM GMT
    Dee81 saidGreetings Gents...

    Kindly looking for advice for getting rid of love handles. If I've missed a forum about that, please direct me. I've changed up my intake and workout but still not working. Maybe I just need patience... lol. But would greatly appreciate any and all legit advice.

    Thank you all and have a wonderful day.

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    May 28, 2014 6:43 AM GMT
    I REALLY appreciate you all for the helpful advice. Y'all are a great bunch of awesome guys I hope you know that. Much Aloha's!! :-)icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    May 28, 2014 8:48 AM GMT
    Hey don't know how new your pics are…. i haven't even checked them out, but this winter has been cold and harsh. Yes i developed love handles. It sucks. Now that the winter glaciers have receded and the icebergs are disappearing, I've been going out for an hour ride before breakfast every non rain morning. Wow how fast things change…. dropped 8 lbs.. another month and i should be back down to 144lbs. My love handles are disappearing and my abs are showing more definition. That 30k ride every day is doing it. Legs are looking a lot better too.icon_biggrin.gif It's all good. Can't wait to post some new pics up in a couple months.

    Hope that helps… rob
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    May 28, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    doriangrey77 saidWhat's *truly* discouraging is that for men over, say, 45 or so, the amount of calories required just to maintain one's weight---not enough to gain---is remarkably small. From what men that age have told me, for many it's a matter of eating basically a small fraction of what they ate just a few years earlier, and trying not to obsess about food all day...for the rest of their lives.

    Yep, I think you're right here. As an older guy it's amazing how hard it is to maintain without gaining. Those old habits are very hard to break too. Reduction of intake is actually physically easier than increasing the output but emotionally curbing that intake (carbs, sweets, alcohol) ….it's a killer!! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    May 29, 2014 7:42 PM GMT
    Add good fa (omega 3 ) to your diet. Remove all sugar and all man-made carbs and love handles will melt away .
  • jperfit

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    May 31, 2014 9:53 PM GMT
    Ohno saidYou can't spot reduce fat. You will need to reduce your body fat generally, and they will go eventually.



    The above is true, as your body fat comes down all over so will the love handles and rrmember donot use any weight on them other then your bodyweight
  • C_Dezi

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    May 31, 2014 10:43 PM GMT
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  • buddycat

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    Jun 16, 2014 9:32 AM GMT
    Bicycle crunches and diet?
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    Jun 16, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    This might sound dumb to most of you but..make sure you know what and where the oblique muscles are. I've known 2 people that pointed to other guys who had well developed obliques (and who were crazy fit) and they thought it was fat. I think they just don't understand a very basic part of anatomy.

    Other than that, what they said^ icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 27, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidRemove all sugar and all man-made carbs and love handles will melt away .

    To find that kind of food, you have to go to a specialty store that will overcharge you ridiculous amounts, that's the only problem. Dieting is hella expensive... which is why 80% of the fit people you see, are actually very wealthy. Most food you find in the grocery store is full of gluten and refined sugars. .. there's certain exceptions, but it's either totally bland, or just a special bread like sourdough rye.
    Most people aren't rich, so you kind of have to put two and two together.

    I'm sure dieting properly is still possible for us, we just have to get used to eating really bland food.