“Working the area with exercises will not get rid of the excess fat. What it will do is strengthen the muscles underneath the fat, which is important,” Gagnon.
So if you are stressed because the side crunches don’t seem to be working, take comfort in knowing that exercises alone probably aren’t going to do the trick. You need to focus on eating healthier and hitting the gym, Gagnon says.
Here are a few ways you can ditch the love handles this summer:
1. Eat lots of healthy fats
Foods like seeds and avocado are a great way to get healthy fats into your diet. You should be getting about 25 to 35 percent of your calories from healthy fats and cut out unhealthy fats (like greasy foods).
2. Ditch sugar and unrefined carbs
Fill your diet with healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins to maximize weight loss.
3. Find ways to scorch 100 calories
Did you know that simple burning an extra 100 calories per day can improve your overall health? WebMD suggests finding simple ways to nix an extra 100 calories per day. Over time, you’ll see a slimmer waist and you will have developed habits that are easy to maintain.
Simple ideas for scorching 100 calories:
-Add 20 minutes to your dog-walking route
-Shake your groove thing for 20 minutes
-Wash the car
-Walk an extra mile
-Swim for 15 minutes
-Hit the stairs at work for 18 minutes a day
-Swap mustard for your regular mayo
-Ditch the regular soda for diet (or even better — grab water instead)
-Use red sauce instead of creamy sauce on your pasta
-Lose one slice of bread from your sandwich
-Skip the fries, have a salad
-Drink one less 12-ounce beer
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Try these workouts to target the love handles.
4. Bicycle crunch:
5. The plank:
The plank is a powerful body strength exercise that will put you to the test. Rest your elbows and forearms on the floor and push yourself up into a push-up position. Your arms should be at a 90-degree angle, back, and legs straight out behind you. Hold for one to three minutes. If you can’t hold it that long, aim for 30 seconds per set and work your way up.
6. Side plank dips:
If you really want to feel the burn, try these muscle builders. Start in a side plank (on your side, legs stacked on top of each other, elbow bent at a 90-degree angle, hips lifted off the ground) and drop your hips to the floor, then pull them back up. Repeat 10 to 12 times on each side. Focus on keep your back straight and butt tight.
7. Stability ball plank:
Using a stability ball, balance your elbows and forearms in the center of the ball. Stretch your legs out behind you
so that you are leaning against the ball at an angle. Hold this position for two minutes (or as long as your ab muscles will allow!)
Getting your body into tip-top shape takes a lot of work, but combining a healthy diet and exercise is the best way to make changes that last.
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