How to get rid of love handles, muffin tops and belly fat!

One of the questions I oftenly get is how to lose the muffin top, love handles and stomach fat. And the answer is basically the same as I've said before: for any type of fat loss, no matter where on your body it is, the magical formula is: varied cardio + clean diet + weight lifting! A.L.W.A.Y.S!

Varied cardio
When I say varied cardio I mean that instead of doing the same type of cardio like running, power walk, biking etc., you choose 2 or 3 different types! By changing your cardio workout you will burn more calories, compared to when you do the same all the time. The reason to that is that if you run your 8 kilometers 4 days a week for 8 weeks in a row, your body will adapt and get used to that! This is what happens when you "plateau" (stop losing weight even though you’re doing the same amount of exercise as before). So you should never do the same workout all the time. The body needs a good challenge each time!

Clean diet
The diet part I have explained before. Basically you avoid all processed food! You eat lean meat, complex carbs and good fats. You eat 5-6 meals per day and keep your blood sugar levels normal throughout the entire day!

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Weight lifting
Ok; let’s make this clear, once and for all. WEIGHT LIFTING/STRENGTH TRAINING WILL NOT MAKE YOU BULKY! What it WILL do, is boost your BMR (which is your basal metabolic rate)! Why? More muscles need more energy = they burn more calories without you doing anything. And of course you need to have worked muscles to look toned. Otherwise you could lose all the weight in the world, and when you’re done, you'd still just look skinny fat or dying. And YES it is that obvious when someone has lost their weight by just doing cardio and still eating crap, or by eating too little food. It's easily spotted and I really don’t think that is something to strive for, partly because it doesn’t look good at all, sorry, and partly because it ISN'T good for neither your outer body (meaning muscles, skin etc) nor the inner (all organs). So a good muscles base is necessary!


Sit ups will NOT make your belly flat
Neither will crunches or Russian twists or any other ab focused workout. They will build the muscle underneath the stomach fat, so that when you have lost your fat, you will look toned. BUT

you don’t have to do a single ab exercise to get your 6-pack. You could basically eat clean and do full body workouts and cardio and still get it!

Once again I would like to point out that there is no way of exercising that will target fat loss to one specific area. You can’t choose to lose weight in your stomach and still keep your tits. Either your stomach fat might go first, or your butt, back and tit fat goes! You can’t choose! Of course all people lose fat differently, so somebody might actually get to keep their hips and butt, and still lose the thigh fat or whatever they want to lose. It is individual!

» Sarah


First of all thank you so much for the tips, they are a great help :) ,,,
I have a question about cardio workouts, shall we make them every day along with strength workout or dedicate each for an entire day ?

Svar: Hi! Well, I would say no! I try to divide it into cardio days and strength days! or If you want to do both in one day, do one type in the morning and one in the afternoon :)
Karolinaterese Fitness

2012-08-22 // 15:55:55
» Malin

Snälla Karolina, kan du inte skriva detta inlägg på svenska? Skit jobbigt att försöka översätta allt och det är svårt att förstå allt på engelska. Du är ju trotts allt svensktalande ;-)

2012-08-22 // 23:28:48
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