Love Handles

WHAT ARE LOVE HANDLES?

“Love handles” are areas of excess fat around your hips and abdominal area. When combined with tight clothing, love handles can become more pronounced, but they aren’t caused by tight clothes alone.

WHAT CAUSES LOVE HANDLES?

The underlying cause of love handles is due to excess fat accumulation. Fat cells accumulate when your body takes is consuming more calories than it is burning. Over time, these fat cells accumulate in certain areas, commonly around your waist and hips. Fat cells can accumulate anywhere in the body, but there are certain factors that can increase the chances of fat storing around the hips, stomach and lower back. Factors that contribute to love handle formation include:

  • hormones, especially too much cortisol

  • age (belly fat accumulation is particularly common as you get older)

  • lack of physical activity

  • diet high in fats, sugars, and processed foods

  • regular alcohol consumption

  • sleep deprivation

  • undiagnosed or untreated conditions that slow down your metabolism (hypothyroidism — or underactive thyroid — for example, makes it difficult to burn off extra calories)

How to...

How To Get Rid Of Love Handles

In order to decrease fat around the hips and stomach, you’re going to need to make lifestyle changes. Making better lifestyle choices long term will help you lose fat and keep it off. Try to avoid fad diets and extreme workout regimens that are difficult to maintain long term.

  • HCG Program
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Reduce Stress
  • Drink More Water
  • Cut Back on Alcohol

For those looking to get a boost in fat loss, Synergy Medical offers an HCG diet program. The HCG diet program combines the use of hormone supplements and a diet protocol to promote weight loss. In addition to loss of unwanted fat, the true benefit of the HCG protocol is its ability to modify the dieter’s relationship with food and eating, resulting in easily maintained, long-term weight loss.  People commonly lose around 20-30 pounds a month on the program. Our program at Synergy Medical includes the HCG supplies, a diet program and weekly consultations to achieve the best results. To learn more about the HCG program, call Synergy Medical and see if it is a right fit for you.

Healthy eating is key when trying to lose fat. For optimal fat loss, follow the tips listed below.

  • Avoid sugar and processed foods
  • Eating lean proteins, vegetables,
  • Focus on healthy fats.
  • Eat more fiber
  • Choose complex carbs over white, starchy breads and pasta


Doing sit-ups, crunches, or other abdominal exercises will strengthen your core muscles, but won’t eliminate belly fat. The only way to lose belly fat is to lose weight in general. When your body burns fat, you can’t choose where it will burn fat from first. Therefore, targeted exercises for love handles will not be enough. You will need to combine targeted exercises with general strength training and cardio to achieve the best results. Below are some tips for choosing the right exercise for love handles.

  • Choose high-intensity interval training (HIIT) – Studies show that HIIT workouts are more effective at burning fat over slow, long cardio workouts.
  • Lift weights – building muscle will boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day.
  • Move more – the more you move throughout the day, the more calories you will burn.

Getting adequate, quality sleep is an important part of a healthy weight loss plan. Most importantly, research has shown that losing sleep while dieting can reduce the amount of weight lost and encourage overeating.

When the body is stressed, the adrenal glands are stimulated to produce cortisol. Studies have shown that an excess of cortisol can increase fat storage in the body. Continual stress and anxiety can also increase overeating, which makes the problem worse. Try to engage in activities that reduce stress, such as exercising, meditation, yoga or spending time with family or a pet.

Water is the basis for every chemical reaction that takes place in your body, including the burning of fat. When you aren't taking in enough water, your body cannot do its job efficiently. If the only liquids you consume are coffee, tea, sodas, artificial fruit juices and the like, you will become mildly dehydrated, forcing your body to slow down its metabolism to compensate. 

Sugary alcoholic beverages add on calories. In addition, your body processes alcohol differently. Instead of converting the calories to energy, your body treats alcohol as a toxin. When the body is focused on processing alcohol, it is not able to properly break down carbohydrates and fat. Therefore, these calories are converted into body fat and are stored permanently on your body.  Alcohol, also suppresses testosterone production, the primary metabolic hormone, for up to 24 hours after consumption.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is important to get evaluated by a medical provider.  Synergy Medical in Bradenton could be the best solution to your knee pain. Contact us today to book a consultation and learn more information!  941-755-9355