Written by: Marlee B
Despite their name, no one I know actually loves their love handles.
Love handles are the areas of extra pinchable body fat that hang or slightly bulge from the side and are also the little rolls on the lower back.
Both men and women can have these, and they often vary in size, from small, cute and curvaceous, all the way to…well, not so cute and curvaceous.
We are going to spread the love today, though, as we talk about the causes of side fat, how we can get rid of it, and how to appropriately target fat loss!
What Causes Love Handles
Unfortunately, love handles aren’t caused by tight clothing alone.
The underlying factor is fat retention. Generally speaking, weight loss and gain are based on the simple principle that our bodies store excess energy as fat.
If we eat more than we use, we gain weight. If we eat less than we use, we lose weight. So, fat cells accumulate when your body takes in too many calories, or when you don’t burn as many calories as you’re consuming.
Over time, these fat cells can become noticeable. Although fat can store itself anywhere it pleases, women’s bodies like to deposit it into the hip and thigh area, resulting in side fat or love handles.
Another common factor might be muscular imbalance. This occurs when one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle.
For example, if you spend your workday in front of a computer, your mirror muscles (like the chest and abs), could be overworked. Your shoulders are likely pulled forward, creating a strength imbalance between the front of your body and the back.
Posture plays a role, and while it doesn’t actually cause us to gain side fat, it does affect the look of it.
Muscle atrophy can also contribute to side fat.
This is where a muscle or muscle group starts to lose its tone or muscle mass from not being used for long periods of time. Along with this or an overall lack of strength training, poor nutrition is likely the biggest factor in gaining excess body fat.
As I mentioned before, excess calories convert into excess fat, so be sure to control your diet in a healthy way.
How to Get Rid of Love Handles
Good news: Outside of general health or cosmetic concerns, you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to love handles. It’s not like belly fat that can cause all sorts of concerns like type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
Better news: You don’t have to resort to extreme measures like burning or freezing your love handles to get rid of them!
But for me, love handles are sort of a “Debbie Downer” kind of friend. No matter my efforts to separate myself from her, she clings to me for dear life!
Now, perhaps, here is your “Debbie Downer”. I can’t give you a secret way to lose your love handles. I wish I could, but no one can actually spot reduce their side fat away.
What you can do, however, is reduce your overall body fat, making you slimmer and sexier everywhere! All you need to do is make a few simple lifestyle tweaks.
If you’re interested, keep reading, because I will teach you how!