Get a grip

Posted on April 24, 2011

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As published on LOVESTYLE 

This week’s post is dedicated to losing your love handles … as whilst something to hold on to is always desirable … we are LOVESTYLE divas after all; strong, sexy and healthy … too much to hold on to and you end up with a stubborn muffin-top which ain’t a good look even in the most flattering of jeans.

So here’s what to do about it; it’s as easy as 1-2-3

1) Follow a Healthy Diet – to build energy and burn fat

2) Commit to Cardio and Resistance Training – to burn fat and build muscle

3) Perform Targeted Abdominal Exercises – to help firm the muscles under the fatty area

1) Healthy Diet

The most important factor to get surf-board abs is eating a healthy diet.

– Drink at least three liters of water per day

– Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits per day

– Limit processed sugar – try Stevia for a natural sweetener

– Eliminate fatty red meat – stick to lean red meat or better still, fish

– Forget fad diets that you cannot sustain and that will only cause you to lose lean muscle

2) Cardio and Resistance Training

– A consistent cardiovascular / resistance training programme is essential

– Commit to 30-45 minutes of activities 4-5 days per week

– Go to a group exercise class, power walk with a girlfriend, go for a run or hit the gym

– Mix in some basic calisthenics like pushups, bench dips, squats and lunges a couple of times a week

– Remember that whilst it may take a few weeks before you start to see physical changes, you will see almost immediate results in your energy level and overall mental alertness

3) Targeted Abdominal Exercises

Take your pick!

Advanced Crunch

Lie on your back with your feet straight in the air. Keep your legs straight up in the air. Cross your hands over your chest and bring your elbows to your knees by flexing your stomach.

Reverse Crunch

In the same position as the regular crunch, lift your knees and bum toward your elbows. Leave your head and upper body flat on the ground. Only move your legs and bum.

Right Elbow to Left Knee

Cross your left leg over your right leg. Flex your stomach and twist to bring your right elbow to your left knee.

Left Elbow to Right Knee

Same as above just switch sides. Cross your right leg over your leg. Flex your stomach and twist to bring your left elbow to your right knee.

Hip Rollers

Twist to both sides keeping your shoulders on the floor and stay in the bent knee position when rotating left and right.

Pilates Abs

Lie on your stomach and lift your feet and knees off the floor by flutter kicking repeatedly as if you were swimming freestyle.

Incorporate these into your life and you’ll lose the love handles before you know it. The key is consistency … make small changes that you can stick to!

Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. There will always be days when even the glammest of LOVESTYLE divas struggle into their ‘fat’ clothes. These are just part and parcel of being a woman and should be embraced!

 


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