What is the best way to get rid of love handles? I am 50 in pretty good shape but nothing I do is getting rid of these things!
Hi, Unfortunately, you can’t reliably target individual areas for natural fat loss. Your body decides where and how to store that obstinate adipose. Focus on losing fat in general using good diet and exercise habits, and eventually, you’ll lose the fat you wanted to target. You should know that it’ll be really difficult to lose stable fat deposits that you’ve had for years (or decades), but you can do it if you keep at it. But, consider whether or not its worth the stress of dieting to do it. In my opinion, a little happy fat is totally acceptable and is not something I want to diet for. Expect any weight loss to happen rapidly at first but then slow down considerably.
Keep to a diet that consists mainly of lean meats, healthy real fats, small amount of fruit and loads of veggies, and consider some form of caloric restriction. In general, if you’re running a caloric deficit, your body will start consuming stored adipose to make up the balance. The Zone Nutrition ratios is a simple and effective way to both count calories and control dietary hormones. You might also consider 18:6 intermittent fasting, which tends to reduce caloric intake naturally while providing other health benefits.
To further increase that caloric deficit, you should try some metabolic conditioning (metcon). I noticed you said that you’re in “good shape”, but try to make sure you get plenty of high-intensity exercise. I recommend a HIIT type of training, similar to CrossFit with heavier days and light days (big surprise, right?), but you can do well with some jump-rope, stair running, etc. Low-intensity activities like jogging are okay, but not very effective. Metcons are more efficient in a lot of ways.
If you really want to take it to the next level, try to manage your stress. Cortisol generated from stress can cause your body to retain more fat as a safety measure. Get plenty of sleep, don’t overwork yourself, and don’t obsess over your body. Just treat it right. I can’t overstress this last point. Keep that cortisol down!
Best of luck and thank you for your question. Hope this answered helped. Please feel free to ask more questions. xxx Amber
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