Love handles are that unsightly build up of fat around the abdomen that you can wind up discovering with a feeling of hopelessness as you try on a pair of fitted jeans.
Age, a slower metabolism, and genetics all determine whether some people are more likely than others to develop love handles.
Aside from an aesthetic issue, however, it’s also a health issue.
When you accumulate more fat around the abdomen than is considered normal, it can be an indicator of a risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure…The list goes on.
There are, however, a few things to keep in mind before you try and cut calories to get ride of those love handles.
First of all, it’s important know that calories are needed by the body in order to produce energy.
Always remember this when you’re trying to lose weight: the last thing you should do is stop eating.
You still have to eat enough and you have to do it in a healthy way. When you choose to skip a meal or two, you’re only succeeding in altering your metabolism and losing muscle mass, not fat.
Nutritionists are very clear on this. You have to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of what you eat.
There are certain foods you can choose to that are key to losing that accumulated fat little by little.
Today, we want to tell you about 5 of them.
1. Coffee and the oxidation of fatsBelieve it or not, one or two cups of coffee a day is synonymous with good health. Your brain will thank you, your liver will be protected from multiple diseases, and your weight will also take notice:
- According to a published scientific study, coffee improves the body’s oxidation of fats.
- If you have a healthy diet with a little coffee, this will help you lose those love handles.
- Balanced and regular consumption of caffeine speeds up your metabolism and lets you burn fat thanks to the release of adrenaline.
Let’s reiterate an important fact: one or two cups of coffee is all you need. Several liters of this beverage, however, definitely won’t speed up your weight loss.
2.Bitter orange at breakfastYou might have made a face at that. Bitter oranges? It’s true.
Far from considering this type of fruit (citrus x aurantium) as something unpleasant, remember how delicious a slice of toast can be with some bitter orange jam. Here are some of the benefits:
- This variety of orange contains phenylephrine. It’ s a very powerful compound for boosting your metabolism when you’re at rest.
- If you become accustomed to eating bitter orange in moderation you’ll feel more satisfied and will notice you’ve lost some inches off your waist.
Your breakfast will be complete if you add a little bitter orange to some rye toast.One thing to remember, however: consuming too much can lead to high blood pressure.
3. Grapefruit for fat
Grapefruit is a fabulous citrus fruit that you shouldn’t leave out of your diet.
Always look for natural grapefruit when making juice rather than buying the pre-packaged stuff. Natural grapefruit will benefit your health and you’ll enjoy all of its great properties:
- A study carried out at the University of Arizona found that eating a grapefruit a day is very helpful for people who are overweight.
- This fruit won’t lead to weight loss. It won’t erase love handles. But it does improve the health of your heart, reduce cholesterol levels, and alleviate high blood pressure.
- The general health improvements from grapefruit make it much easier to lose weight little by little.
Grapefruit won’t perform any miracles…but it can help them occur.
4. Vinegar, but not just any vinegar
When it comes to losing weight and those pesky love handles, choose apple cider vinegar – not balsamic vinegar. The latter, although it tastes better, contains more calories.
Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries and its many healthy properties are well known.
The journal Bioscience published several studies carried out at the University of Washington which found that adding apple cider vinegar to diets improves the loss of abdominal fat.
It also lowers bad cholesterol levels, or LDL, helps unclog arteries, and cares for the lymphatic system.
5. Chili peppers and love handles
Once again, we want to reiterate that the key to losing weight is in having a balanced diet and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle. Just because the foods we talk about here can help fight love handles doesn’t mean that you should consume them in excess.
This is essential when it comes to eating spicy food or chili peppers. Is it true that chili peppers can really help you lose weight?
It seems to be.
The secret to their slimming power is in capsaicin. This is a chemical compound present in the peppers that give them their spicy sensation that so many people enjoy. It speeds up the metabolism and also reduces the appetite.
According to the Journal of Proteome Research, capsaicin also stimulates certain proteins that are capable of breaking down fat and stopping it from building up.
If your stomach isn’t too sensitive, try seasoning your recipes with a little chili pepper from time to time. A little “heat” every so often will feel amazing!