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AUSTYNTINA SparkPoints: (3,532)
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7/2/13 6:35 A

Thanks everyone for the tips. Sure do wish you could spot exercise for them, but it looks like it is just going to take time. Wish me luck, and good luck to everyone else who has the same problem!!

TERESAMUS SparkPoints: (0)
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6/27/13 1:10 P

Great info.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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6/27/13 1:07 P

Once you loose enough weight your body composition will change and they will go. It takes a lot of cardiorespiratory, strength training and change in your diet for it to happen. You have muscle tissue under the fat that surfaces once the fat is gone. If you strengthen those muscles as you loose weight they become more prominent. I have seen my body transform over a 310 day period and I am 57 years old. The tissue in that section of your body is called visceral fat and is influenced by several factors, including heredity and hormones. As the evidence against abdominal fat mounts, researchers and clinicians are trying to measure it, correlate it with health risks, and monitor changes that occur with age and overall weight gain or loss. Visceral or the love handles and abdominal fat yields fairly easily to exercise and diet, with benefits ranging from lower blood pressure to more favorable cholesterol levels. Subcutaneous fat located at the waist — the pinchable stuff — can be frustratingly difficult to budge, but in normal-weight people, it’s generally not considered as much of a health threat as visceral fat is.

There are many ways to rev up your metabolism and SP has all of them.

Edited by: BARBANNA at: 6/27/2013 (13:15)
TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (55,983)
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6/27/13 12:31 P

Ugh, I have love handles too, and I share in your pain! They are always the last thing sticking on me and I've never been able to get rid of them. I'm a pretty good exerciser as my spark name suggests, but those love handles love me!

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
6/27/13 11:00 A

yep have those!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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6/27/13 8:32 A

Love handles are fat. The only way to lose fat is to lower your overall body fat % by losing weight. You can't target fat loss.

Strength training is to maintain/build lean muscle. It has nothing to do with the fat covering the top of the muscle. However, strength training has the added benefit of boosting your metabolism making fat loss easier. You should definitely still have a full body strength training program while losing weight for both the health benefits and to prevent lean muscle/tissue loss while on a calorie deficit.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,389)
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6/27/13 8:19 A

You can't spot reduce any area, but if you incorporate a good ST routine into your workouts, many of those types of exercises make you engage your core so you will get stronger throughout.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/27/13 7:04 A

Like the PP said, spot training to reduce fat doesn't exist. Muscles get energy from the blood stream, not surrounding fat cells.

Good exercises to strengthen the lower body are squats and lunges. They work basically everything below the waist as well as your core.

BENTOGYRL Posts: 278
6/27/13 7:00 A

Well, you can't really exercise to lose fat from one spot, all you can do is do up your cardio to decrease overall fat and eventually you will lose from your trouble areas.

But, if you want to tone the muscles under the love handles, which will make your cardio more efficient, there's all kinds of exercises out there! I like hooping, it's cardio and toning at the same time! Also, just look up pilates based exercises, there are a lot of exercises that will target that area and firm up the underlying muscles.

Good luck!

AUSTYNTINA SparkPoints: (3,532)
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6/27/13 6:36 A

Anyone have any good exercises that can target love handles??? Been exercising steady for about 9 months and don't seem to lose any of the love handles.

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