How do I lose weight in specific areas of my body?
April 4, 2013 9:07 AM Subscribe
I'm having more trouble than I thought I would in getting rid of these love handles and my usual methodology is proving ineffective.
posted by wolfdreams01 to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a reasonably fit guy. I stand 6'1" and used to weigh 185 lbs, which (according to the BMI scale) crosses the line into just slightly overweight.
Most of this is upper body mass - I have a broad, muscular chest, to the extent that it's hard to get dress shirts that fit me. This V-shaped build build helps conceal a physical flaw that I don't particularly like, which is my love handles. However, I decided a couple of months ago that even though I'm pretty fit, I can do better. I decided to lose the love handles and maybe bring my weight down to 180, which would put my BMI into the completely average range. This did not work out the way that I thought.
I assumed that the love handles were simply extra weight, so if I ate less and started exercising more they would disappear naturally. My exercise routine now is 15 pushups each day, 30 situps each day, cycling on my exercise machine for half an hour, and lifting weights for half an hour. I also run a 5k once each week. Also, I never eat breakfast anymore - I just eat an apple in the morning to get my metabolism going.
However, instead of losing weight, I have gained it. When I last stood on the scale, I saw that I am now 195 lbs. Based on observation, I'm confident that this added weight is mostly muscle rather than fat. However, my love handles are completely unchanged. Completely. All this exercise has not made the slightest dent in them.
How can I get rid of these damn love handles? Adjusting my diet and exercise routine has altered the rest of my body, but hasn't seemed to make the slightest bit of difference in that area. Are there any specific exercises that I need to be doing?