Love handles – such a nice name for such a troublesome area for most women.
I’ve been asked time and time again how to I get rid of love handles?
Well the thing is if you get ‘rid’ of your love handles completely you’ll be getting rid of one of the most feminine looking parts of your body – curves are sexy, curves are healthy.
Yes Tel I know this but I have TOO much love to handle….
Okay – so lets look at leaning out and toning rather then completely banishing your poor hips!
I, like most women hold excess fat (No I’m not saying I AM fat I just find this part super stubborn) around my lower stomach and hips. The following is a list of things I do to help those suborn areas:
FASTED WALK – Go for a walk EVERY morning before eating for 20-40 minutes & if you really want to up the experience – walk with ankle weights – I didn’t think this would make a huge difference but it leaned out my hips and legs dramatically.
PROBIOTICS – Gut health is very important, probiotics help reduce the bloat and helps your digestive system.
TRAIN YOUR OBLIQUES – Aka your side ab’s. Many people have different views when it comes to training your ab area – some say it is pointless as you don’t get abs by doing abs and I disagree. By training abs you are strengthen and growing your muscle by combining this with healthy eating your abs will pop. I’ll be posting an oblique workout in the next coming weeks stay tuned for it!
CARDIO/STRENGTH – This is different for everyone – if you still have quite a bit of weight to loose you’ll need to be doing a fair amount cardio to shred the excess weight first. If you are already quite small by doing too much cardio you will only eat away at what little muscle you have so you’ll need to up your strength training. Remember muscles burn calories don’t be afraid of the weights area in your gym! You will not turn into the hulk!
STRICT DIET – Sorry those soft bits aren’t going anywhere if you are still eating a heap of processed food everyday. Don’t over complicate this. Veggies are good. KFC is bad. Not rocket science and don’t even ask about quinoa and acai until you realise this.
KEEP HYDRATED – When you don’t drink enough water, your body will hold onto whatever water you do put into it. When you are drinking enough your body will utilise what it needs and expel the rest – you’ll notice once you start upping your water you’ll be peeing… a lot. This is a good thing!!! Aim for 3L a day.
TIME – Like with anything we do results will not happen over night. A good time frame for any MAINTAINABLE transformation is anywhere from 8-12 weeks even up to 6 months. Depends on where you are now and where you want to be. Just remember those small steps and progressions you do every day lead you to that ultimate end goal. Consistency is key!
Add these to your daily routine and let me know how you go!
Stay Strong & Stretch,