| MICHAEL GREENHOUSE
IT’S FEBRUARY. Love is in the air. This is a time for chocolates, relationships, expensive dinners and flowers. But not all things are lovable at this time year: Many of us still sport the dreaded love handles that we gained over the holidays.
Love handles may sound and feel warm and delicious, but they are actually deposits of excess body fat that sit around one’s abdominal area. For most people, that is one of the hardest places to lose weight.
Just working the area with exercises will not get rid of the excess fat. To tighten this area and reduce some of the dreaded love handles, you must have a clean diet and perform exercises that engage multiple muscles in the midsection. It’s one thing just to work on these areas; it’s another to work these muscles functionally. Working these muscles functionally will build better strength and tone the muscles quicker.
Here are key food tips to reduce the love handles:
* Avoid sugars
* Avoid salts
* Avoid unhealthy fats
* Add fresh fruits
* Add vegetables
* Add good fats (like raw seeds or avocados)
* Eat lean clean proteins
(organic beef, turkey and chicken)
Nutrition is just half the battle when it comes to reducing your love handles. The second part of this equation is building strength and pure functional movements with your body.
This part can take some time; if you stick with it, not only will you have a better looking midsection and no more love handles, but your body will move and perform better and achieve greater results in and outside the gym.
Here are some suggested midsection-focused exercises:
* Front squats
* Russian twists
* Dead lifts
* Supine twists
* Running or sprinting
Ready to get started? There’s no time to wait. Spring is just around the corner and, well, that summer body – this is the time to get it ready!
Remember, always go at your own pace and incorporate weights only when you are comfortable. It’s not about a single, hard workout. Ridding your body of the love handles takes consistence and persistence.
But you can do it!