You can get rid of love handles with the right type of cardio exercise.

The wrong kind of cardio exercise, if you want to get rid of love handles, is the so-called long slow aerobics, a.k.a. steady state aerobics.

This is why you’ll often see people with love handles that never disappear, even though these folks spend a lot of time jogging, walking, pedaling, taking all sorts of classes like belly dancing, Zumba, low impact aerobics, step aerobics, etc.

The fat in love handles is fuel that’s not being used. Steady state cardio is not intense enough to force the body to significantly pull from these stubborn fat depots.  

Get Rid of Ugly Love Handles

Another form of cardio will do the trick: HIIT: high intensity interval training. HIIT changes body chemistry and causes a metabolic ripple effect that results in substantially more fat burned.

This is because HIIT raises the body’s recovery needs so much, that the body starts pulling from the fat depots in the waist: the love handles.

Love handles will start shrinking with HIIT. High intensity interval training yields fantastic results in a fraction of the time that long steady state cardio would have to  generate for the same results.

If you’re wondering, “Wow, this sounds too good to be true; there must be a catch!”

I’ll be honest: There is a catch. It’s hard work. Hard Work. 

HIIT is not pretty. It gets you madly out of breath, like a cheetah panting like mad after failing to catch an impala.

Ever see what a cheetah looks like when the impala gets away? The animal is so winded it must stop completely and collect itself.

That’s pretty much the exertion level of genuine HIIT if you want to experience its fat burning effect to the max.

The good news is that each intensity interval lasts 30 seconds or less, and you need to do only seven or eight to create a huge bang for your buck. Kiss your unsightly love handles goodbye!

For detailed instructions on HIIT, go here.

Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health. 

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