“You should not wear this…as you have these deflated tyres around your waist.”
That was the most annoying comment my friends ever passed on me. I knew that they were just joking around and didn’t want to hurt me. However, the bitter truth was, I was hurt… really very hurt. No one has the right to comment upon other’s physical appearance in any way. However, I didn’t let that comment negatively affect me. Rather, I took it on a positive note and decided to get rid of love handles. Well, I didn’t want to starve myself and yes, exhausting my body out with endless side crunches was also not on my list.
SO, HOW DID I GET RID OF LOVE HANDLES? (BTW…THERE’S NOTHING LOVELY ABOUT IT)
Love handles also known as muffin tops are excess fat in the waistline. To be honest, it is difficult to just reduce specific fat of the specific part. It is very important to lose overall body fat in order to get rid of fat at the sides of the waist. Hence, I researched a lot and made some changes to my diet with some subtle yoga.
So, let’s not wait anymore. Here are some of the tips and simple ways to get rid of love handles.
In order to get rid of extra fat, you should, first of all, get rid of unhealthy processed foods. A bag of chips and French fries should be replaced with a handful of almonds. Include fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats in your balanced diet plan. Starving yourself will only hamper your health and add other health problem like gastric. Always go for the food loaded with nutrients. Instead of stuffing stomach with unhealthy fat, opt for omega-3 fatty acids and mono- and polyunsaturated fats like salmon, avocado, and peanut butter. Do not forget to swap white rice and bread for brown rice and whole grain bread. And yes! You can always twist up your healthy dishes and make it yummy.
Stress is not only bad for our skin but is also very harmful to our body. Pamela Peeke, MD, who’s the author of Body for Life for Women explains the effect of stress on body weight. She states;
“Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds.”
Bottom line is, no matter how much you control fat intake or do side crunches if you are stressed, it’s likely that you will not lose weight or get rid of love handles. You need to relax and calm your mind and body down. For this, you can try meditation and yoga postures. Good night sleep is very vital for mind-body relaxation.
Switch to Yoga
Personally, endless workouts didn’t help me. Rather, it added to my stress level. Due to this, I switched to some yoga postures. Yoga not only helped me to reduce my belly fat but also stabilized my mind and improved my body posture. It’s not important to make your body tire out with workouts. Just make sure you’re getting your heart pumping and having a relaxed time at the same time. Some of the best yoga postures to get rid of love handles include Navasana: Boat Pose, Utthita Trikonasana: Extended Triangle Pose and Prasarita Padottanasana A: Wide-Legged Forward Bend.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep promotes good health and fit body. Not getting adequate sleep increases cortisol levels in the body, which can lead to weight gain. Susan Zafarlotfi, PhD, clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, points out the undeniable reality;
“When you have sleep deprivation and are running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips or other comfort foods.”Advertisement
Basically, when you deprive yourself of good night sleep, junk foods tempt you, which ultimately results in weight gain.
For sound sleeping also read our 5 Best Sleeping Positions For Sound Health
Say NO to Alcoholic Beverages
Plain and simple truth…Alcohol is very bad for health. It not only damages your lungs but also promotes obesity and stress. Drinking too much alcohol has been associated with obesity and an increase in body fat, particularly in the midsection. On top of that, many alcohols are overloaded with calories and sugar. It’s very important for you to say NO to alcohol if you want to get rid of your love handles.
SO, WILL I GET RID OF MY LOVE HANDLES?
Yes! You will. Follow the above given simple methods. Try to discipline your eating habits. Your body is your temple. So, do not fill it up with garbage. Most importantly, you should always love yourself. Self-love can make anything possible!