Like all types of abdominal fat, love handles can be tough to get rid of. Frustratingly, there is no one killer move for these unsightly flabs on each side of your waist. They won’t budge even if you sweat your heart out doing one intense workout that specifically targets your abs or obliques, say, crunches or squats.
To lose these stubborn fats for good, what you need is a more comprehensive approach that involves both dietary changes and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Say adios to those stubborn fats by spending more time in the kitchen and whipping up wholesome nutritious foods for yourself. After that, sculpt your waist like a pro with this 10-minute workout.
In a video originally featured on Health, fitness guru Lisa Huck combined four waist-reducing exercises:
40 Woodchoppers (20 per each side)
50 Russian Twists
30 Side Plank Lifts (15 per each side)
30 Bicycle Crunches
For best results, incorporate this workout into your regular fitness regimen. Do it three times a week, with each exercise following immediately after the other. This fat-blasting workout will not only tone your oblique muscles, but will strengthen your core as well.
Remember that the way you eat also plays a crucial role in the matter. Here are some practical diet tips to help you get the most out of your workout efforts:
- Say no to sugar. This includes all forms of sugar and fructose in your diet, whether refined or all-natural, as well as grains, because they, too, break down into sugar.
- Load up on healthful fats. Ironically, consuming healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado can help you manage your weight, as they’re more satiating than carbs. According to a study, eating just one-half of a fresh avocado with lunch may satiate you, helping to prevent unnecessary snacking later.
- Avoid processed foods and prepare your own homemade meals. Processed foods are teeming with countless ingredients that are not only fattening but harmful as well, from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to trans fats.
- Practice intermittent fasting. A scheduled-type of eating, intermittent fasting efficiently restarts and retrains your body to start burning fat for energy. Unlike other diets that are too difficult to follow consistently, intermittent fasting can be easy. It simply involves restricting your calorie intake for a certain time frame, which you can do by eating your dinner no later than 7:00PM and skipping breakfast the next day.
About the Author: Arrianne Nellaine del Rosario is a writer for Mercola.com. She has written and transcribed many in-depth expert interviews in the past about different supplements, such as probiotics, colloidal silver, and sulfur. Arrianne swears by the effectiveness of high-intensity interval trainings, like the one in this article, when it comes to losing weight and strengthening your muscles.
By: Arrianne Nellaine del Rosario / Mercola.com
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