When it comes to getting rid of love handles, there is no substitute for quality cardio workouts, healthy diet, and commitment. You need all three components to be successful. Intense exercise and a poor diet will not help you reduce lower belly fat because you will constantly be taking back in the calories you are burning. And though you may have success with cleaning your diet with minimal or no exercise, you will get faster results if combined with exercise. And finally, if you don’t commit to stick with your lifestyle changes in the long-term, losing your lower body fat and love handles will not work.
Put aside the butter and olive oil: coconut oil should be your new go-to medium for frying and basting. The reason is that it can withstand much higher heats, so it's less carcinogenic than other oils. Studies show that the medium-chain fats in coconut oil boost metabolism and decrease the amount of fat you store in response to high calorie intake.
Lower belly fat also reveals poor sleep habits. Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine examined five years of sleep habits and visceral fat accumulation in adults younger than 40; they found that those who slept less than six hours per night or more than nine hours, on average, had higher amounts of belly fat. Their results, published in Sleep in 2010, suggest that getting a good night's sleep helps deter the development of lower belly fat.
3. Stress Belly: The Daily Mail reports that a stressful life could contribute to excess weight in the abdominal area. They spoke to health expert Jackie Wicks, co-author of new book Cheats & Eats: Lifestyle Programme, and she explained to them that cortisol, which is also called the stress hormone, becomes too high for a lengthy period of time, and can increase the amount of fat stored in the stomach. So the key to losing that excess stomach fat caused by stress is to try and destress yourself. Wicks recommends taking a hot bath on a regular basis. She explains that they have been shown to lower cortisol levels. She also adds that going for a walk every day not only helps burn calories but can also be a great way to clear your mind, the Daily Mail reported.
Do cardiovascular exercise on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Sweating is one of our body's methods of eliminating toxins. Besides being excellent for heart health, cardio training burns calories to help tighten that mid-section. Try 30 to 60 minutes of low-intensity cardio per day. Low-intensity burns more body fat, according to the "Muscle Nerd" Jeff Anderson. Remember that cardio is cumulative, so feel free to spread your exercise out over several smaller sessions throughout the day.
Your lower belly may be pouching out because of under-developed abdominal muscles.  Your transverse abdominis, a deep abdominal muscle that wraps around the torso, helps stabilizes your back and also pulls your waistline in, making you look smaller and your stomach flatter. This muscle effectively acts as a corset pulling you in. Standard ab exercises like sit-ups and crunches aren’t going to cut it because they mostly target the upper abs. Working your lower abs and deep abdominal muscles will pull you in and slim you down, as well as tone and define your lower belly area. Here are 10 amazing exercises that target the lower abs.
Touting their discovery as “a great step forward in weight loss history,” the judges were quick to offer up their hard earned cash to back the entrepreneurial pair. “We were shocked. The most we were hoping for was some advice…we weren’t even sure that we would manage to get any investors,” explained Samantha. After outstanding offers from each panel member, the sisters burst into tears.
I’m not “cleansing” any more but this book has changed the way I feel and look. I’m still down in weight (14 pounds now after 21 days), I’ve lost 3 inches off my tummy, and most important of all, I feel great! I’m more energetic and I feel much less stressed than I have in years. Even though this book is marketed as a 7-day plan, it’s really a lifestyle change.

1. Alcohol Belly: Nothing can be more soothing than a nice gold alcoholic beverage on a hot summer day. But when one beer turns into another and another, and this becomes a daily routine for you, you’re not doing any favors to your waistline. Psychology Today explains that at 7 calories per gram, alcohol contains nearly twice as much as that, as well as four carbohydrates per gram. The problem here is that the body stores carbohydrates and fat as glycogen (another form of sugar) in the liver and muscle. They add that the body cannot store alcohol, unfortunately, so when consumed, it must be burnt immediately.
Kale is high in fiber, phytochemicals, and protein. It helps reduce cholesterol and prevents breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, and prostate cancers. Due to the presence of kaempferol and quercetin, kale is a superb antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It has also been found to help in the reduction of body fat and the maintenance of good cardiovascular health (18).
When it comes to getting rid of love handles, there is no substitute for quality cardio workouts, healthy diet, and commitment. You need all three components to be successful. Intense exercise and a poor diet will not help you reduce lower belly fat because you will constantly be taking back in the calories you are burning. And though you may have success with cleaning your diet with minimal or no exercise, you will get faster results if combined with exercise. And finally, if you don’t commit to stick with your lifestyle changes in the long-term, losing your lower body fat and love handles will not work.
After examining the fat lost around the trained muscle compared to the "resting muscle" they found lipolysis (fat loss) was generally higher in the fat adjacent to contracting muscle compared to the resting muscle. Again noting, "Blood flow and lipolysis (fat loss) was higher" in the trained leg they concluded, "Thus specific exercises can induce "spot lipolysis" in adipose tissue."

Cynthia Sass is a nutritionist and registered dietitian with master's degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she's Health's contributing nutrition editor, and privately counsels clients in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers NHL team and the New York Yankees MLB team, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. Cynthia is a three time New York Times best selling author, and her brand new book is Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Imagine clearing out those harmful toxins and relieving stress at the same time. This detox water recipe includes pineapple and basil. Pineapple has bromelain that cleanses the bloodstream and breaks down harmful enzymes so that they can be flushed from your body. Basil fights free radicals and is an excellent source of magnesium so it’s really good for your heart. Using spring or filtered water, mix together in a pitcher five strawberries, about ½ cup of chunked pineapple, 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, four or five fresh basil leaves and some ice. Allow it to steep in the fridge for at least an hour and enjoy.
While eating too much of any food can cause weight gain, some foods are more likely to lead to the accumulation of belly fat than others. If you have a serious soda habit, you're more likely to have a large, hard belly. Sugar-sweetened drinks, including soda, fruit punch and energy drinks, contain numerous calories, encouraging weight gain. Drink water or unsweetened herbal tea instead of soda to help reduce calories and lose weight.

She woke up to the sounds of strange music to find herself in a hut with a Tribal Shaman, and being handed a goblet of some type of liquid to drink. She thought about if she should accept the drink or not. Liz remembered being bitten by a rattle snake and collapsing to the ground. She reasoned that if she was still alive, it must have been with the help of this Shaman, so she took the drink. As she took a sip, she noticed other people in the hut. Village elders and other Shaman types sitting around the thatched-roof hut. She was excited and apprehensive at the same time. Liz knew she was feeling better as the hours passed. If she could learn the secret of this drink that looked like some kind of red tea liquid, she could help thousands of people back home in the USA. Liz quickly discovered that she was feeling more energetic than she had been in years, and was not hungry or depressed either.

Brazilian scientists found that participants who consumed three cups of the beverage every day for a week had fewer markers of the cell damage caused by resistance to exercise. That means that green tea can also help you recover faster after an intense workout. In another study—this one on people—participants who combined a daily habit of four to five cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute workout for 12 weeks lost an average of two more pounds than the non-tea-drinking exercisers.


Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active. It's appropriate to think of fat as an endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health. Although scientists are still deciphering the roles of individual hormones, it's becoming clear that excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of these hormones.
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