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Easiest Way to Get Rid of Love Handles

author image Ashley Farley
Ashley Farley has been a certified personal trainer since 2008. She is also a writer specializing in healthy living, fitness and nutrition topics. Farley has an Associate of Science in mental health services from the Community College of the Air Force and is pursuing her B.A. in English at Wright State University.
Easiest Way to Get Rid of Love Handles
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Love handles form when fat accumulates on the sides of your abdomen. The easiest way to get rid of love handles is to make small changes in your daily routine to promote weight loss. Improve your dietary habits, participate in cardio exercise and build muscle with strength training.

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Step 1

Engage in more cardio exercise on a daily basis. Cardio exercise burns calories and fat through movement. Start with just a few minutes each day, and work toward 30 to 45 minutes a day. Try running with your dog, playing tennis with friends, taking a dance-aerobics class or swimming.

Step 2

Participate in strength training three to four days a week. ACE Fitness says your program should include exercises for your arms, legs, trunk, back, chest and shoulders. You should be able to complete two to three sets of eight to 12 repetitions for each exercise you choose.

Step 3

Eat more fruits and vegetables for snacks and with your meals. According to Help Guide, these foods have more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber without excess calories.

Step 4

Select healthful versions of protein, dairy and carbohydrates each day to reduce fat and calorie intake. Choose protein that comes from fish, skinless poultry, soy, whey, nuts and beans. Healthy carbohydrates can be found in whole-grain bread products. Select dairy products that are low-fat, fat-free or made with skim milk.

Step 5

Limit your daily intake of "unhealthy" additives. These items include trans fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. The nutrition label on food packaging will tell you if there are any added fat, salt or sugar.

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