Love handles are not only unsightly, but they are also unhealthy. Carrying weight in the midsection can lead to health risks such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Often, people gain weight in their midsection because they eat the wrong foods. Choosing the right foods can help whittle the waistline and get rid of love handles.
Diet is the most important part to losing weight from the midsection. Monitoring caloric intake and choosing the right foods will help trim the tummy. Love handles are the result of subcutaneous fat. This is the kind of fat that can be seen in the midsection and visceral fat is the kind of fat that forms around the organs. Choosing healthy foods and portions will help to cut back on both types of fat.
Limiting alcohol is the most important part in reducing love handles. According to the FitDay too much of any kind of alcohol can lead to weight gain, including weight gain in the stomach and love handles. Alcohol has no nutritional value and offers a load of calories, sugar and fat that will latch on to your love handles. Cutting these calories will help promote a leaner waistline.
A common misconception is that there are certain foods that are off-limits. There are always unhealthy foods, but when you eat in moderation, it is healthy to treat yourself. Having a treat once a week will help keep you on track so you don't feel deprived. The key is to control the portions of foods that you eat. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, portions have increased in store foods, restaurants and in homes. For example, 1/2 cup of pasta is one serving, and most people eat 2 cups.
Types of Foods
Choosing the right types of foods will help keep your body fueled and keep you full longer. Whole grains are a source of fiber, which will create the feeling of fullness as well as provide the body with nutrients. Fruits and vegetables also will keep the body full and act as a healthy snack. Lean meats and nuts are a source of protein that will also help to build muscles in the body and lose the tummy fat.
Getting rid of love handles does not have to take an eternity. Losing weight from the midsection is easier when proper nutrition is in place. A healthy weight loss is 1 to 2 lbs. per week. This weight loss does not just come from one area, like the midsection. Instead weight comes evenly off the entire body, eventually banishing your love handles.
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