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I'm slim, but I have love handles! How do I get rid of them?

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Question - (8 August 2007) 10 Answers - (Newest, 25 November 2008)
A female United Kingdom age 26-29, *irlwhoneedshelp writes:

Hey I was just wondering if any of you girls had any tips for getting rid of those unwanted "love handles?" I'm a very slim girl but for some reason I have little love handles and I can't seem to shift them. Anyone got any exercise tips or anything?

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A female reader, CaymanQT Cayman Islands +, writes (25 November 2008):

There are many techniques out there to recommend, but a fun exercise that helped whittle my love handles down to a noticeable difference within 4-6 weeks was hula hooping. My trainer recommended it for my weekend workouts and boy, he was right...within 2 months I actually measured my waistline and lost approximately 2's not a fast technique, but it was fun and before I knew it...10 minutes was over and I didn't even realize it. It's a challenge but it can be done.

The other exercise is sitting on an exercise ball, back straight and twisting side to side...the ball balance strengthens your core while the twists works the obliques.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (7 January 2008):

im a dude and weigh 124lbs and am 5'7". i still have my damn love handles. started going to the gym and doing lots of Cardio and that seems to help. eat vegetables and do cardio thats the only advice i can give. if anyone has any better let me kno.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (25 October 2007):

Like you I am slim with love handles, they completely erase my already slim hips! I'm physically active but if I increase my exercise intensity, I lose weight all over and people especially men complain that I'm bony. I've found that a variety of sit-ups keep those handles under control, they never go away but they look better. The exercises mentioned above work for me.

I would also add some side crunches, lie on your back with knees bent as for standard crunches. Let both knees drop to one side, keep your shoulders flat on the floor (as in yoga). Then do your crunches (reps of 10) vertically, keeping your knees at the side. Repeat with your knees on the opposite side.

Hope this works for you, in any case, love and respect your body!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (20 October 2007):

just cut out all fat in foods, you will soon shift them

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A female reader, girlwhoneedshelp United Kingdom +, writes (9 August 2007):

girlwhoneedshelp is verified as being by the original poster of the question

girlwhoneedshelp agony auntthanks guys for all your help. i think i'm just gonna keep em. my boyfriend doesn't even notice them and he thinks i have a really sexy body, i only wanted to get rid of them for myself. i suppose the guy has to have a least a little of something to hold onto?hehe

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (8 August 2007):

yes. First and foremost you need good posture. Stand up straight with your tummy contracted and tucked in at all times of the day no matter what you are doing. Like a ballerina. After a while you will do it naturally. That alone is excellent.

Second. is diet. You need more protein and less fat in your diet. At every meal, eat a serving of protein. Examples are Fat free milk. Fish. lean chicken. Fat free cottage cheese. egg whites. protein shakes. and drink lots of water. Try to minimize junk food to once a week. If you are really serious check out The Zone by Dr. barrysears.

Third. Exercise. You need cardio to burn fat. Take a brisk walk or jog for thirty minutes three times a week. At least. Do three sets of thirty crunches every other day. When that becomes easy change your routine and do more. For example five sets of fifty. Look up different sit ups you can do on google. For best results work out your entire body. push ups. lunges.

Break dancing, boxing, and pilates are great workouts for your entire body.

good luck. peace.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (8 August 2007):

Oh my, I bet my bottom dollar, you are the only person, who even notices these annoying little love handles. If you are slim already, there is a good chance your cute little 'love handles' are genetic. I have two sons, and even though they were skinny teen boys, they had these little barely noticeable 'love handles', like there Father and Grandfather, before them. And you know what, they didn't care! Like Phil said, guys don't even notice this type of thing. And if you ever had anyone who teased you about them or took note of them, then they are being a self-indulgent asses. Right? I say, don't diet to lose them. Being slim already and then dieting furiously to lose them, will only get you very sick and unhealthy. Learn to love your body, for what it human is perfect-even the surgically enhanced, air brushed, computer enhanced models you see in magazines, are not perfection. And if a dating partner ever expects you to look like that...dump him fast! Becaise people like that live in a fantasy world and don't know how to accept people, for just who they are. They treat others as 'things' to make them look and feel good, they never, ever see the beautyand depth within a person. So my suggestion: Learn to love those 'little love handles' and be proud of the type of person you are. Good luck

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A female reader, VictoriaB United States +, writes (8 August 2007):


I am 5'5 and weight 117 punds. I used to be 125 than went down to 120 and i was nice and thin (not too thin, just right) yet i still had love handles. I wanted to have as perfect body as possible and didnt have time to go to gym and didnt want to pay to use it. I started working out on my own and in few months i saw the results. I have been doing the same thing now for 6 months plus and my love handles are gone and my stomach very sexy and toned. I stay around 117-120 and love it.

What i do is:

1) 1 set of sit-ups where i lay on the floor with my legs bent so that my feet touch my butt. I started doing 10 of these and avantually moved to doing 15 than 17.

2)Rest for a minute or two than laying in the same position, this time with your feet on the wall (kinda 90 degree angle, even with your knees) looks like as when your sitting - but ur laying down is same position. Do the same , about 10 for start.

3)Sit ups with one leg resting on another (cross-ways) 10 on one side, than 10 another leg and side.

4) lastly, let straigh on the floor and lift your legs few inches from the floor. Lift your legs up 90 degree angle and back down (dont touch the floor, down few inches from the floor) Do the same number of these.

My work mate told me about this (he got the tip from when he was in military) and for me it honestly worked.

I am very happy with my change.

Hope i could help

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A female reader, Sugarbuns Australia +, writes (8 August 2007):

Sugarbuns agony auntDon't feel bad honey, I'm slim too and have the same little rolls and I just hate them. I think women tend to pack on their poundage around that area before it goes anywhere else. God knows, we couldn't have been blessed by gaining weight in our boobs first! Even though I'm slim, I know I'm still 10 lbs. overweight because when I get down to 128 lbs those little love-handles do disappear. I just get lazy because I have to work at it to stay there. I think the experts would say my "happy" weight is at about 135-138 but I hate the love handles that show up when I gain the extra 10 pounds. So I just find clothes that hide them and remember that my b/f thinks they're sexy. God only knows why?!

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (8 August 2007):

It's a pity we can't see a photo of you. In all probability they look ok from a male point of view!


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