📏 How To Permanently Erase Your “Love Handles” – by Dr Sam Robbins

📏 How To Permanently Erase Your “Love Handles” – by Dr Sam Robbins

August 1, 2019 56 By William Morgan


Hi, it’s Dr Sam Robbins,
I received a question the other day stating:
“Dr. Sam, how do I get rid of my “love
handles”?
Is there a way to do it permanently?
It always seems to be there, no matter what
I do and I’ve tried everything.”
Well, first of all – I can guarantee that
you haven’t “tried everything.
And yes, there is a way to permanently remove
and “erase” your love-handles and I’ll
tell you how in a couple of minutes.
The love-handles are seen in both men and
women, but typically more in men.
It’s that fat on the side/back of your lower
abs.
They’re on top of the external oblique muscles,
located right above the hip bone.
Which incidentally, most people make a huge
mistake by training the oblique muscles thinking
that by working them and so forth, they’ll
somehow burn more fat in the area.
Some kind of “spot reduction” technique
or strategy.
A lot of so-called experts and trainers keep
telling people to do this and it’s just
a stupid idea.
Because your oblique muscles can grow quickly
and thus, they’ll just get bigger and wider
when you train them..
You do NOT want that.
You want to narrow your waistline, NOT make
it bigger and wider… even if it’s muscle.
This means no side-bends.
No weights, no dumbells, no cables, no planks
— nothing!
Additionally, doing heavy squats and deadlifts
also activates the oblique muscles and thus,
builds them.
This is great for performance and stability,
but not for aesthetics and having a tight,
narrow waist.
Simply doing regular ab work that focuses
primarily on the rectus abdominis, the front
of your abs, top to bottom, is all that’s
needed.
You’ll indirectly tighten the oblique muscles,
without building them and making them big
and blocky.
With that said, let’s move on and talk about
how to get rid of the love-handles.
Lose The Fat
I don’t know why they’re called the “love
handles”, but let’s just call it what
it really is – fat!
And to shrink your love handles, you need
to lose fat.
Before I start discussing fat loss, there’s
a definite hormonal relationship to stomach
fat, including the love-handles.
I had a very good friend growing up and he
was very lean everywhere.
A skinny guy.
But it seemed that ALL of his fat went right
to his stomach and the majority of it, to
the love handles.
Some people distribute fat evenly throughout
the body.
Some more on the lower body and some more
on the upper body.
Or look at women for example.
When they go through menopause, their fat
distribution changes and it starts to go more
towards the gut, belly and “love-handles”.
It has to do with genetics and hormones.
Now, you can’t change your genetics, but
you most certainly can make improvements in
your hormones, which will help accelerate
fat loss around the stomach and love-handles.
This is why some people follow the wrong diet
or exercise program and they lose “weight”,
but it’s not that much fat.
It’s water and muscle weight.
They end up looking “skinnier”, but not
much leaner.
And I mention this because there are a few
hormones I want you to focus on, that control
stomach fat.
Cortisol
Insulin
Testosterone
There are other hormones and peptides of course,
such as Growth Hormone, IGF, etc…, but I
want to keep it simple today.
Cortisol
Cortisol is one of your stress hormones.
You need it to survive, but most people over
secrete this hormone.
We live in stressful times.
Too much is going on all at once.
We don’t “stop and relax” and we sleep
poorly.
As cortisol levels go up, fat storage in the
belly also goes up.1,2
Interestingly, people who have large waists
in proportion to their hips, especially women,
have been found to secrete more cortisol,
especially during stressful times.3
Additionally, higher cortisol cause two other
negative reactions in the body.
It lowers testosterone levels.
It decreases insulin sensitivity and increases
blood sugar and insulin levels.
Both of these hormonal imbalances, cause further
fat storage around the belly.
While at the same time, DECREASE muscle mass
and thus, further decrease your metabolism.
Simply stated, you’re really screwed!
One of the best ways to improve cortisol levels
is get better and deeper sleep.
I will do an entire video about this topic
in the future.
But you must manage your stress levels better.
This also means you don’t go crazy with
the workouts.
Exercising every day and pushing hard all
the time, doing super intense gym workouts
AND cardio and so forth – is very stressful
for your body.
You’re creating a hormonal imbalance and
a very negative one.
So, listen to your body and know when you
need to pull back and relax and let the mind
and body recover.
Insulin
The next hormone I want you to focus on is
insulin.
This is a storage hormone.
Just like cortisol, you need it to survive.
But, it shouldn’t be elevated all the time.
High insulin and blood sugar levels causes
more belly fat, including the most harmful
kind – visceral fat.
Which is the fat inside your organs in the
stomach, which causes protruding, pregnant
belly.
So, you must manage your insulin levels and
this has a lot to do with your diet.
This doesn’t mean you never eat carbohydrates.
You should have some crabs, but not a ton
of it and more importantly, the wrong kinds.
First off, don’t drink your calories, it
shoots up your blood sugar and insulin levels.
Eat natural, healthy carbs – vegetables, some
fruit, small amounts of starches like white
rice, yams and legumes.
Also, stay away from seed and vegetable oils.
They cause hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance
and inflammation.
This means NO oils such as soybean, canola,
corn, sunflower, sesame and so forth.
I’ve done videos and articles about this
topic, so I won’t push it too much.
Testosterone
Testosterone is found in both men and women,
just much higher levels in men.
As men’s testosterone levels decrease, starting
in his mid 20’s, his body fat starts to
increase.
In fact, there is a direct and strong correlation
between testosterone and stomach fat.4-7
More testosterone=less stomach fat.
Higher testosterone also means a better ratio
to cortisol, the stress hormone.
As a reminder, the opposite of testosterone
is NOT the female hormone, estrogen – but
the stress hormone, cortisol.
Higher testosterone help fight the negative
effects of cortisol.
And, I’ve made a lot of videos about this
topic as well.
Supplements
So, you need to improve your hormones, which
has to do with your lifestyle.
This means
Diet
Exercise
Stress management
Now, there are supplements, vitamins, minerals,
amino acids and herbs that will help make
improvements in these hormones.
Some are very effective and powerful.
HOWEVER, nothing is as important as diet,
exercise and stress management.
The supplements will accelerate the process
and the truth is, they all work very well
together.
There’s never ONE simple solution or magic
bullet or pill.
What matters is persistence, consistency,
determination and making a commitment that
you’re going to make daily improvements,
week after week, month after month and year
after year to get in shape and stay that way.
If you have bad days, no problem.
Just start over again the next day.
It’s totally fine.
Permanent Fat Loss
Oh I almost forgot about the permanent way
to erase your love-handles.
The truth is, there’s really only one main
way and that’s through liposuction.
They actually remove the fat cells and thus,
it’s permanent.
There are a couple injectable drugs, that
will cause similar effects, but that topic
is far too advanced for me to speak about
here.
So, if all else fails, you may want to consider
liposuction at some point.
However, there are no shortcuts, if you want
healthy and long-term fat loss.
Just take action daily and soon, you’ll
achieve your goals.
Don’t forget to take a look at the special
links below, in the description area for more
details about the topics I spoke about today
– improving your hormones and so forth.
Thanks for listening and have a happy and
healthy day.