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Love handles are deposits of excess body fat that sit around your abdominal area, and most of us can pinch our belly fat from the front, back and sides. And it's not just about fitting into that dress or your favourite pair of jeans — excessive fat can also hurt your health. Where you store your fat may increase your risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. Another study showed that larger BMIs increased the risk of obesity.
Want to uncover those abs and get a leaner physique?
If you want to look and feel great, there's a lot of things to consider. Whilst diet and exercise are two powerful tools in the pursuit of a healthy body, sleep patterns, stress levels and body confidence all have their own part to play. Learn how to make the most of what you've got (and disguise those love handles) with our top expert tips!
Eat up, slim down
Always thinking about your next meal? Not anymore! The secret behind fat-loss success lies in properly fuelling your body with nutrient-dense food. Number one on the list is fibre both the soluble and insoluble types. Fibre helps slow down digestion and recharges your body with a steady stream of energy, but worryingly, a whopping 90 per cent of us dont have enough roughage in our diets, according to a new study by Warburtons.
To win the war …
When you get stressed out due to working too much, having family troubles or experiencing some kind of trauma, the body reacts by releasing a hormone called cortisol. In addition to causing a host of health issues, cortisol causes you to gain fat around the middle of your body, leading to love handles. You can probably think of dozens of things that are stressing you out right now. To get rid of the handles, you've got to get rid of the stress!