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5 Simple Tips for Getting Rid of Your Love Handles

Those stubborn love handles. If you have them, you know how hard it is to get rid of them.

Finally shedding those nasty love handles is done with a combination of factors. There’s no one “magic bullet” that will make them melt away into oblivion.

No doubt you’ve heard that cortisol, known as the “stress hormone”, is the key factor for your excess belly fat. But the truth is that’s only part of the bigger picture.

Your body will produce cortisol in response to physical, emotional and mental stresses. These can include extreme low-cal diets, lack of sleep, infection, emotional trauma and relationship problems.

While cortisol from stress doesn’t make you fat by itself, high levels of cortisol promotes storage of fat, especially visceral belly fat.

Now let’s learn how to get rid of it.

1. Adopt a Regular Eating Schedule

When you miss meals you increase cortisol levels. This leads to more belly fat and love handle problems.

It’s best to aim for 3 to 4 meals every day that are spread out as evenly as possible.

To get the best results, have a small meal every 3 1/2 to 4 hours. This will keep your insulin from spiking.

Regularly scheduled eating habits are key to any weight loss efforts, but especially when it comes to stubborn belly fat.

2. Never, Ever, EVER Skip Breakfast

We’ve all heard this ever since childhood: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Guess what? They were right.

When you skip breakfast your body creates more stress hormones which lead to increased cortisol levels.

If you skip breakfast every morning, you’re spiking those levels on a daily basis.

Make it a daily habit to enjoy a healthy breakfast as soon as you wake up each morning. Remember, your body has been fasting for as long as you’ve been asleep.

3. Get Plenty of Quality Sleep

Speaking of sleep, have you noticed that when you’re extremely tired sweets and carbs start calling out your name?

Lack of quality sleep increases cortisol levels which in turn increase your cravings for sugary and fatty foods.

If you want to stay on track losing stubborn belly fat, get 7 — 9 hours of sleep every night.

4. Reduce Intake of Alcohol

Drinking excessive alcohol kicks fat storing into high gear. In fact, it’s even worse than empty calories from things like sugary foods.

Alcohol releases cortisol that completely suppresses production of testosterone (which men and women both need). It also causes swings in blood sugar levels which is why you don’t sleep well after consuming alcohol.

If you’re looking to get rid of the belly fat, keep your alcohol consumption to one or two drinks once or twice per week.

5. Find an Effective Workout Routine

No two people are alike and no two people react the same to workout routines.

Because of this, it’s best to find a top-notch personal trainer that will understand your fitness goals and help you achieve them.

Make Love Handles a Thing of the Past

When it’s time to finally take on that belly fat that’s been weighing you down, then it’s time to put these simple tips into action.

Need more inspiration? Check out these amazing transformations we’ve seen by implementing effective training, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

Will you be next? Let’s find out!

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