So, you’ve been working all winter to get your body in shape to hit the beach, but you can’t seem to get rid of the love handles… you’re not alone. In fact, Kyla Gagnon, a fitness trainer based in British Columbia, told the Huffington Post that a lot of people struggle with losing this fat because they only rely on exercise.
“Working the area with exercises will not get rid of the excess fat. What it will do is strengthen the muscles underneath the fat, which is important,” Gagnon told the Huffington Post.
So if you are stressed because the side crunches don’t seem to be working, take comfort in knowing that exercises alone probably aren’t going to do the trick. You need to focus on eating healthierand hitting the gym, Gagnon says.
Here are a few ways you can ditch the love handles this summer:
1. Eat lots of healthy fats
Foods like seeds and avocado are a great way to get healthy fats into your diet. You should be getting about 25 to 35 percent of your calories from healthy fats. Cut out unhealthy fats (like greasy foods),Health recommends.
2. Ditch sugar and unrefined carbs
Fill your diet with healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins to maximize weight loss, Gagnon told the Huffington Post.