While being in a relationship can make you happier and even save your life, it can also make you pack on the pounds.According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia, those in relationships have higher BMIs than single people, despite eating healthier and living a less sedentary life. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below As the researchers noted, “Couples tend to have a healthier diet, smoke less and consume less alcohol compared to singles.” So what gives? Why People in Relationships Gain Weight"Marriage and cohabiting also carry the potential for encouraging unhealthy behaviors, as couples often perform behaviors like eating, watching TV, and drinking alcohol together," the findings also stated.The researchers found that while couples may eat foods with higher nutritional value, they tend to each significantly more at meals, which could lead to weight gain. (Which makes it all the more important to learn how to eyeball … [Read more...] about Why Love Gives You Love Handles
And remember, smart eating is essential, too. If you have a layer of fat in that region, as opposed to untoned muscles, all the oblique exercises in the world won't firm it up. You'll have to lose the extra weight as well.Seated Knee Drop: Sit back on your hipbones and place your hands on the floor behind you for balance. Bend your knees, press your ankles together, and lower your legs to the right. Contract your abdominals and obliques and slowly pull your legs up and over to the left. Repeat from side to side for 1 minute. Be sure to use your muscles, not momentum, to do the work.Side Crunch: Lie on your right side with your legs extended. Cross your right arm across your waist, and place your right hand on your left side. Bring your left fingertips behind your ear, with your elbow pointed toward the ceiling.Contract your obliques and lift your shoulders off the floor while raising your left leg about a foot off the floor. Hold for 2 seconds, then slowly return to the starting … [Read more...] about How To Lose The Love Handles
Lie on your side with your body in a straight line. Fold your arms across your chest. Keeping your legs together, lift them off the floor as you raise your top elbow toward your hip. The range of motion is short, but you should feel an intense contraction in your obliques.10 repetitions each side [ Beginner ]6–10 repetitions on each side [ Beginner to intermediate ]10 repetitions each side [ Intermediate ]Two-Handed Wood ChopStand while holding a dumbbell in both hands next to your right ear. Flex your abs and rotate your torso to the left as you extend your arms and lower the dumbbell to the outside of your left knee. Lift it back, finish the set, and repeat on the other side.10 repetitions each side [ Intermediate ]10 repetitions each side [ Intermediate to advanced ]10 repetitions each side [ Intermediate to advanced ] For more belly-burning moves, check out How to Lose Your Love Handles. … [Read more...] about 6 Exercises to Lose Your Love Handles
I'm back from my trip to NZ and Australia...and ready to answer your fat loss questions...Q: I have a concern about excess skin and love handles. I'm concerned that these problem areas won't go away. I'm afraid that I'll just have loose saggy skin once I lose more weight. Any suggestion about how to take care of this problem? I know doing endless amouns of direct ab work won't help. Would extra focus on intervals and less focus on weight training help? Answer: When you lose fat, it is lost faster than the skin can adapt...although eventually it should recede to your new body shape.Related: How to Lose Your Love Handles Your nutrition is the most important factor in your fat loss. Without knowing exactly what you eat in every meal, it is tough to help you further.If it's nearly perfect, then we can look at advanced fat loss training methods.Q: I am a runner and looking primarily to build core strength - obviously including stronger abs. I am also looking to lose 15-20 lbs … [Read more...] about Love Handles Fat Loss Q’n’A
How do you get rid of your love handles and go from skinny-fat to fit? Here's a seven-point plan from Men's Health fitness advisor Craig Ballantyne.a. Interval trainingb. Tight nutritionReplace breakfast cereals and grain carbs with fruits, vegetables, and nuts. "Losing your love handles isn't going to happen if you insist on treating yourself to a Frappacino, Pepsi, and a slice of pizza every day," he says. "It means eating meals of lean protein, fiber-rich vegetables, and snacking on apples and nuts between meals.""It's not going to work as well as interval training," Ballantyne says.This is related to another issue, he says: Many guys don't have enough muscle in the first place.Losing love handles, like bodybuilding, is a game of illusion. Muscle on your chest and back can essentially "hide" excess fat in your love handle area."So most guys are skinny-fat, and then try to lose love handles with cardio only, and basically become even smaller versions of themselves—but still … [Read more...] about How to Lose Your Love Handles
Ask a guy at the gym what he likes least about his body, and don't be surprised when he says "love handles." These pockets of fat are famously stubborn. You might feel like you're in the best shape of your life and still not be able to shake those little bits of chub on either side of your waistline."With guys the most popular area of concern is love handles," says Dr. Marina Peredo, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of NYC's Skinfluence, "because you can work out and not get rid of them."For years, the cosmetic answer was liposuction. Vacuuming your fat out through a needle was a sure way to get rid of it—and quickly. But if just reading that made you clench your teeth, then you'll need another option. The past 10 years have seen the rise of non-invasive treatments, meaning ones that don't involve surgery. These use either cold or heat to kill fat cells in problem areas, and take about as long as you'd need for a relaxed lunch. So, if you're ready to crush your love … [Read more...] about Would You Freeze or Burn Your Love Handles Off?
One of the biggest myths in fitness is that you can burn fat locally by targeting certain muscle groups. But, unfortunately, the old saying goes "abs are made in the gym but revealed in the kitchen" -- there's no way to get a toned stomach without losing body fat all over. At least, there isn't right now, but a new study in mice could mean that a simple skin patch could zap troublesome flabby areas into oblivion in the future.The study, run by researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, focused on turning white fat -- the stagnant, troublesome kind that builds up around the waist in men -- into brown fat (learn more about it here!), which is used for energy storage and burns off quickly. Li Qiang, the study's co-leader and an assistant professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia, explained in a news release that the drugs they're using aren't new -- ways of "browning" fat exist -- but the delivery method is, and it's much better for the body."There … [Read more...] about Scientists Are Developing A Patch To Burn Off Your Love Handles For Good
Though affectionately referred to as "love handles," many of us would like to be rid of these stubborn regions of excess fat. In a new study, scientists describe the development of a skin patch that has the potential to "melt" them away. Researchers reveal how the novel patch delivered fat-browning drugs directly to the so-called love handles of obese mice. This not only reduced the amount of excess fat in the rodents by a fifth, but it also led to a reduction in fasting blood glucose levels. Study co-leader Li Qiang, Ph.D. - of the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, NY - and colleagues say that while the patch is yet to be tested in humans, the current study brings us closer to a noninvasive technique for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. The researchers recently reported their findings in the journal ACS Nano. The skin patch works by converting "bad" white fat into "good" brown fat. White fat, also called white adipose tissue, is a type of fat the body stores … [Read more...] about Could ‘love handles’ be eliminated with a skin patch?
Abusive relationships take their toll, both physically and emotionally, not only on the victim of the abuse, but also on his or her loved ones. The signs of abuse do not always manifest in bruises, cuts, and scratches. It takes education and patience to identify more subtle forms of abuse like intimidation, economic exploitation, or isolation from loved ones. It goes without saying that family members of the abused want to help as much as possible, but these scenarios are often delicate, complex, and must be handled with extreme caution. Recognition Before deciding on a plan of action, it’s important to gather as much information as possible about the relationship so that an appropriate strategy can be implemented. Physical abuse is the easiest to detect – bruises, cuts, missing hair, and in more extreme cases black eyes and broken bones. Physical abuse is often just one facet of a systematic approach that abusers take to control and manipulate their partners into … [Read more...] about What To Do If you Suspect A Loved One Is Being Abused
Despite the fact that many older people still exude grace and panache during their later years, there will come a time when help is needed. Aging can be an overwhelmingly scary thing for anyone to go through, yet even the strongest people life can be brought to their knees by failing joints and intensifying pain. This transition to a more dependent state is not only daunting for your loved one, but may also be for you as a caretaker. Caring for a family member can be very distressing, but with more Americans living beyond 70 than ever before, more children are stepping up and assuming the caretaker responsibility. Thankfully, this has led to increased discussion on how to make this difficult time more comfortable for both parties. The Importance of Organization Just thinking about all that goes into caring for your loved ones can send you into the fetal position. How much medication do they require on a daily basis? What is the current state of their finances? Are they eating … [Read more...] about How to Care for Your Loved Ones in Their Twilight Years