Easiest Way To Lose Love HandlesBy Jared DiCarmine On September 21, 2011 Under How To Lose Love Handles
SO what is the easiest way to lose love handles? I can simply just say a combination of diet and exercise but you’ve probably heard all of that before. It is true though; that you do need a combination of diet and exercise but there are some things that you should pay more attention to with regards to your training program and your nutrition program. If you leave out these specific details, you could seriously be holding back your results and just shooting yourself in the foot half the time.
So when we talk about your diet and the easiest way to lose your love handles, the first thing you should do is take a look at your current diet and see where it needs improving. This by far is the easiest and simplest way to start losing your love handles. A lot of people think they need to go on some boxed up fad diet right away and do all of this crazy stuff.
But it’s just not true. Look at your own diet first and remove all the garbage from it. For example, if you drink a lot of alcohol on the weekends, then cut out the alcohol or at least cut down the amount of drinks you have. For example, one serving of wine has around 150 calories. A beer, depending on the type can have between 100 calories if it’s a light beer and 200+ calories if it’s a dark beer. If you have 5 glasses of wine on Saturday and Sunday that equals 10 glasses and 1500 calories that you don’t need.
One thousand five hundred calories almost equals a half a pound of fat. Because of alcohol alone, you’re adding almost 2 pounds of body fat per month just from drinking. So I would say the first thing you should do is cut out any booze that you have on the weekend. This should make an immediate difference right away.
The other thing you can do is take a look at how many times you eat per day. If you’re starving yourself during the day by not having breakfast, then having a small lunch and then come home and pig out at dinner, you’re really setting yourself up for failure. By eating this way, you’re consuming all of your calories at night right before you go to bed.
This is not a terrible thing per se, but if you’re currently not exercising and a lot of these calories are coming from bad sources then you’re just adding pounds of fat to your frame for no reason. When you’re starving yourself for the entire day, your food choices will most likely be really poor at night.
Here’s a tip that I tell everyone and it works really well. It’s when you have to go food shopping, do not go on an empty stomach. Your cravings will start to creep up and you’ll end up buying more junk food than you normally would. Now that junk food is in your house and of course if you see it and it’s there, most likely you are going to eat it.
So the next thing I would say is to start evenly spacing out your meals. Don’t just have a huge dinner and starve yourself throughout the day. Space out your calories nice and evenly and you’ll start to see the pounds drop just from this too. Also another variable you can change up is when you eat your carbohydrates.
Carbs are not necessarily that bad, but they can wreak havoc on your insulin levels, blood sugar, and waist line. The best time to eat your carbs is right before you workout or first thing in the morning. That’s it! The reason for this is because you are extremely insulin sensitive in the morning after your over night fast from sleeping so your body has less chance of storing them as body fat.
The other reason why it’s best to have your carbs right before you workout is again, because your body will use them up for energy during your workout as compared to storing them as fat. Your body loves carbs and it prefers them for fuel, so it will use them up right away provided you are exercising hard enough.
Now when we have to talk about your training program, there are hundreds of different programs to choose from on the internet and in the magazines. I don’t care which one you do. However I would recommend that you start something that really gets your heart rate elevated and keeps it elevated for a long period of time.
This ensures you are burning a ton of calories and raising your oxygen debt through EPOC. This will help you burn excess calories over a longer period of time after you have finished your workout. This all relates to intensity and duration. The longer the duration or the higher the intensity the more calories you will burn once you complete your workout. Sadly you won’t get this effect from just doing regular cardiovascular exercise such as jogging or walking unless you went and ran a marathon or pushed yourself really hard past what your body is normally used too.
Another thing to point out is that you won’t be able to magically shrink your love handles away or what a lot of people like to call it, which is spot reduction. Spot reduction just can’t happen. The only way it can truly happen is through hormone manipulation and we’re not going to get into that. So all of those side bends, crunches, twists and sit ups you’ve been doing or you’ve seen on a youtube video saying will help you tone your love handles is absolutely false.
And if you want to start some type of cardio program, then I would recommend any form of interval training. Again it takes advantage of EPOC and your metabolism. You can add in some light jogs here or there, but they won’t make as much of an impact as compared to sprints, hill sprints or any form of cardio like that.
All in all, if you want the easiest way to lose your love handles, just start looking at your diet first and begin to tighten things up. Just by tightening things up, you will start to see the scale go down and your love handles will begin to shrink.