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Removing Love Handles - Surgery or Spot Toning?

Love Handle Removal

love_handlesLove handles are an endearing term given to fatty areas on either side of the abdomen.  These areas can be very difficult to shift and are hard to target with exercise.  Trimming these areas needs a lot of dedication and changes in diet especially if you have a lot of fat to remove from these problem areas.

If surgery for the removal of love handles is not for you there are some spot toning exercises that may help, but you'll also need to increase your metabolic rate in order to burn fat efficiently.  The only way you can do this is with cardio or aerobic exercise and this needs to be done on a regular basis.  By continuing with a regime you may start to notice significant results both in the region of your love handles and across your body.  As long as you take in less energy (calories) than you burn you will be on the right track to a toned and sleeker physique.

Love handles are unattractive, but are also bad for our health.  Carrying significant amounts of fat around the middle can increase the risk of heart disease and other diseases such as diabetes.  An apple body shape can also indicate a cortisol imbalance.  Cortisol is a stress hormone and if this raises to high levels it can mean that fat is more likely to collect around the middle. The catch 22 is that love handles can cause stress and so the cycle continues.

The thing to remember about love handles is that doing something is better than nothing.  By toning your abdominal muscles you will start to build your core strength and individual muscles which will make you look better right across your middle so that your love handles aren’t so much of a problem.  Muscles will be tighter and skin will be smoother and exercise alone can give you a boost and make you feel better about yourself.

Of course there is also the surgical route or more specifically liposuction which can remove large quantities of fat from almost any part of the body.  If you do choose surgery ensure that you know exactly what is going to happen, how much it is going to cost, the recover times and the results you can expect.  There is a limit to how much fat that can be removed and your surgeon can give you a good idea of the changes that will be made to your body.  Some fat cells will be left intact as fat is essential for the human body to function properly.  A sensible diet and exercise regime will ensure that fat does not return to your love handles or any other areas you have treated.

Whichever method you use to reduce or remove your love handles the results can differ and some people just learn to love their love handles.  The most important thing to remember when trying to achieve a healthy body is to diet sensibly and exercise regularly.  Learn to appreciate the areas of your body you do like as this will help you to work on those you don’t.

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