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Question by Ashly L: Exercises to reduce Love Handles !?
I want these things gone !
Can anyone give me any exercises or youtube videos or something that works effectively?

I also have an exercise ball if that will help.

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Answer by Ann P
great exercise to lose love handles is torso twists. The abdominals are composed of 3 layers of muscles which slide over each other, torso twists help tone the transverse abdominis muscle tightening the love handles. While standing firmly with feet shoulder width apart, the torso twists gently to the left side then to the right while at the same time trying to limit the movement from the hips. During the movements the torso should always remain upright, there should be no bending involved. Care should also be taken not to twist too far as its easy to pull a muscle when exercising the love handles!

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  1. Dana J said on 20-05-2014

    Hi I work for a website called which has thousands of videos on a wide variety of health topics. Here is the link to a video we created in which a certified personal trainer demonstrates exercises that target love handles:

    Hope this helps!

  2. Health Guy said on 20-05-2014

    Everyone has a problem spot. It can be around the stomach, thighs, arms or chest. No matter where your trouble spot is, the solution is exactly the same. You need to eat less and exercise more. The reason why there’s only one solution for all of these problems is because it’s impossible to tell your body where to burn the excess fat from.

    When you eat too many calories, your body stores the excess energy as fat in different areas around the body. To lose this fat, you need to create a calorie deficit (eat less than you burn) to force your body to start burning that fat for energy. There is absolutely no way to control where your body goes to find this extra fat.

    The larger your calorie deficit (a bigger calorie deficit means a bigger difference between what you eat and what you burn) the faster your body will burn excess fat and the quicker your body fat percentage will start to decrease. You can increase your calorie deficit by cutting your daily intake and exercising more. Sit ups will do nothing to target the fat around your abs just like squats will do nothing to target the fat around your thighs. You can read more about fixing your trouble spots at the Guide to Reducing Body Fat –

  3. Jeff K said on 21-05-2014

    Your body needs a specific amount of calories every day to function. This is called your BMI or Body Mass Index. That will tell you the amount of calories you need for every day living… BEFORE doing any exercising. It’s just the normal amount of calories your body needs for breathing, walking, respiratory functions, etc…Charts and calculators to determine your BMI are easily found on most health and diet sites.

    If you exercise too, you have to add the calories burned by that exercise your BMI total. This is the new total calories your body is using everyday. You can calculate your BMI, including exercise, here:

    Now… when it comes to losing weight, there are 2 ways to do it:
    1*) I just want to lose weight.. I don’t care what kind, I just want to see the scale go down.
    2**) I want to lose fat and only fat. I don’t want to lose muscle.

    1*) Losing weight is much easier than just losing fat, but for many people, this is still their primary goal.. especially very obese people. They just want the scale to drop. If that’s your goal, I would strongly suggest the Weight Watchers diet over all other diets. It’s very effective, easy to do, and proven to be the best overall “lose weight” diet around, over all others. It even won the “Diet Face-Off” at, when all weight loss diets were competing against each other. Read more here:

    2**) Losing fat only is much tougher, but.. it’s the ideal way to lose weight. Any time you lose weight, you can only lose muscle, fat or both (water too.. but that’s not true weight). With most “diets”, you are going to lose as much muscle as fat, and usually more. Losing “fat only” is what you want to do if you’re trying to look the best you can for the pool this summer. You definitely want to keep all the muscle you can. Think about 2 guys.. both 5’11 and 180. One has a belly with fat and the other, exact same height and weight, is ripped, with abs and looks like a walking anatomy chart. His goal has been to lose fat.. not weight. The best 2 diets for this are ‘Body For Life’ ( and ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ ( Both will yield results at burning fat only. ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ is the better of the two.. as it will even demonstrate how to add muscle while burning fat.. the true secret to getting “ripped”! ‘Body For Life’ can be found at any bookstore. ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ is available online only. It’s a 340 page pdf document created by bodybuilder Tom Venudo (who has only 4% bodyfat and is over 40 years old!). They also have a great member site that you can join for $ 10 a month here: . Tom answers your questions himself on that site.. instead of other sites that just give you a host of all the other members offering advice. Both of the diets encourage the same.. eating 6 meals a day (females can opt for 5) and cardio several times a week. Body For Life is a little more geared toward fat burning only though. You won’t gain much muscle.. but if you have muscle already, you can rip up very nicely. ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ is the most work for sure, but will yield the most impressive results of any diet on the market today.

    Why so many meals a day? Your body needs a continual supply of glycogen for energy. Eating every 3 hours, the food is digested and directed into cells requiring energy right then. Once the cells have received all the energy they need, the body stores the extra glycogen in your muscles and liver. However, there’s only so mcuh glycogen your body can store. Eating more than you should at any one meal makes extra glycogen now convert to fat. This is why you have to know exactly how many calories you need every day.. and why it’s so important to eat the right amount at every meal. Remember.. 1 pound of fat, is just 3500 extra calories that your body stores. It doesn’t take long to put an extra 3500 calories in your body.

    What if I eat a lot less so my body can’t store the extra calories as fat? Even worse.. your body is smart enough to realize that it doesn’t have enough calories it needs for the day (your BMI) and to compensate, it slows down your metabolism, so it doesn’t burn calories as fast. And.. anytime your body is in this fasted state, it takes emergency precautions. It tries to hang on to energy as long as possible, so it quits burning fat for energy altogether and starts tearing your muscles down for energy. Muscle is anabolically active tissue, so this is the easiest place for your body to get needed energy. If you do this day after day, you will become sluggish and tired from a slow metabolism and your body will lose most of its weight from muscle. Some fat will get burned this way too.. but it’s the last to go! Your body will start breaking fat down last, after it has

  4. ny said on 21-05-2014

    jogging is an excellent exercise because it let you lose weight
    evenly throughout your whole body. If you want to lose weight in
    specific areas, you should target them with exercises. If they are
    your problem areas, they will be very difficult to tone. You will have
    to work double on them. The best approach is this:
    1. Lower/control your daily calorie intake (control for normal
    weight, lower for overweight).
    2. Run/jog to lower your overall body fat percentage.
    3. Target your problem areas with exercises.
    try these, they are really good:

    Dumbbell Side Bends

    Cable Side Bends

    Medicine Ball Ab Wood Choppers

    Low to High Woodchoppers

    High to Low Woodchoppers

    they all have animated photos, so it’s easy to understand how to do

  5. Hm.M said on 21-05-2014

    Torso Twists can be very effective so are Leg Flutters and Twist Crunches. But most importantly, you should never forget that those are fats collected around your mid body and you need to cut down on food, increase your physical activities and exercise regularly to increase your metabolism to lose more calories.

    Determine your daily calorie allowance, eat less than that to get rid of the fat!

  6. Carol said on 21-05-2014

    First boost your metabolism by doing cardio exercises.

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