Wondering how to get rid of love handles? The short answer: work to change the factors you can control. Getting rid of love handles involves a number of lifestyle changes. You’ll need to eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise and eliminate stress. This will do wonders for your lower belly fat and your overall health. To take control of your belly fat:
Lie on your back with your head and shoulders lifted off the floor and your hands behind your head if you need some support for your neck. With both legs extended and toes pointed lift your right leg off the floor so that it is perpendicular with your upper body (keep your lifted leg as straight as you can) and raise your left leg just a few inches off the ground.
An easy way to determine if you have too much belly fat is to measure yourself at home. Take a measuring tape and wrap it around your bare stomach, directly above your hip bone. The tape should be snug but not too tight. For women, a measurement of 35 inches or more indicates an unhealthy amount of belly fat. For men, a measurement of 40 inches or more indicates an unhealthy measure.
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.
YOU DO NOT NEED THIS BOOK. The cleanse that it recommends works because 1) it slashes calories to around 1000 per day; and 2) it eliminates most added sugar, with the carbohydrates mostly coming from fruits, vegetables, dairy and whole grains. If that was all you did, you would lose weight. You would drop a fair amount of water weight the first few days just by cutting added sugar from your diet. It recommends replacing sweetened drinks with tea which isn't a bad idea - if you're drinking Frappuccinos and soda all day, you will lose weight if you drink tea and water instead. It's that easy. Save your money, you don't need this book for that. If, however, you want brief summaries of the benefits of different kinds of tea and some low-carb, clean recipes for smoothies and dinners, by all means buy this book - that's why I've given it a couple stars. I just wish I could get my money back. I bought this in a moment of weakness for nearly $15 when it is worth maybe $2.
Hence why dieting alone isn't enough. An idea supported by scientists from the Department of Clinical Chemistry at Bispebjerg Hospital in Denmark who found, "Lipolysis (fat loss) is accompanied by an increase in the fatty tissue blood flow." For this very reason relying on the old calories in/calories out method won't be enough if you want to banish your belly. Instead run, jog, bike or swim, but most importantly move and increase blood flow and fat loss.
Hip and knee pain, depression and increased water retention, libido problems and night sweats are also likely to occur. The solution in this case also refers to balancing the hormone levels, but in some cases, medical treatment might be required – if ovarian cysts are present, for example. A diet that’s rich in protein and fat from vegetal sources, and low in products of animal origin, is more likely to help in getting rid of this type of belly. See our Healthy eating tips to make ‘healthy’ your lifestyle choice.