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How rid yourself of your muffin top

Updated on June 12, 2013
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OK the holidays are over and now it’s time to get ready for the spring and summer, but after eating all of that good holiday food you’ve developed a muffin top, spare tire, or love handle (for those who call it love handle, because it sounds better). Whatever you want to call it, let’s call it what is, FAT! A muffin top doesn’t look good on anyone. Some people try so hard to cover it up by layering their clothes or just avoiding wearing anything tight. Some people won’t tuck their shirts in at their job (even though it’s the dress code) to avoid exposing that layer of fat hanging. As mentioned earlier you want to get ready for the warm seasons so you won’t spend another year at the beach in a bathing suit and a towel wrapped around your waist or making up excuses why you don’t want to go to the beach.

Improve posture

Having good posture mean having strong core muscles; thus making your muffin top less noticeable and in due time gone! You’ll look slimmer and taller this way. A strong core will also help expel toxins from your body which is very important and I’ll explain later.

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Keep your heart rate up

Understand that a muffin tops are formed when your body has stored your calories into fat. Keeping your heart rate up while you exercise will rid you of your spare tire as well as prevent you from developing another set of love handles. Try doing some cardio workouts such as jogging, hiking, swimming or cycling.

Lateral workout

When working out you have to know which exercises will get the job done, or you’re just wasting your time. In order to lose fat all round your waist, you need to work out in all directions. Lateral workout will require twisting and turning. Try doing some of these lateral workouts:

Side plank with bent knee

This move is for beginners; to begin lie on your right side on an exercise mat with your left leg directly over your right leg. Bend your knees (make sure you’re comfortable) and raise your upper body to support yourself on your right arm (your elbow should bend to 90 degrees and positioned under your shoulder. Make sure you engage your core to stabilize your spine, exhale and lift your hips off the mat. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds and slowly return to the starting position then switch.

Bicycle crunch

This is one of the effective workouts that will target your muffin top. To begin lie on your back with your hands behind your head and elbows flared out. Hold your legs slightly up off the floor. Crunch up and twist to the left, bringing your right elbow out across your chest. Simultaneously, bring your left knee up to your chest so that it comes to close to meeting your right elbow. Return to the starting position then repeat on the other side

Captain's chair

To perform this move start with your legs bent and thighs parallel with the floor. Bring your knees up toward your chest and then return back so that they return to floor parallel.

Vertical crunch

Lie on your back with your legs straight up toward the ceiling. With your hands behind your head, crunch directly up towards the ceiling.

Diet

Exercising alone will not get the job done, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Without the proper diet you’re pretty much wasting your time. For starters you want to load up on fiber. Fiber from vegetables such as cabbages, broccoli, avocado,or collard greens keeps you full at the same time slowing down digestion, stopping food from entering your bloodstream too quickly. Also switch to eating wholegrain; it allows you to become full quicker while eating less.

Consume fewer less toxins

I mention earlier that a strong core will help expel toxins from your body. Our bodies protect us from toxins by wrapping fat around the mid-section and hips. Caffeine, processed foods, animal product, alcohol, sugar, smoking are considered toxins to our bodies. To expel these toxins eat a low sugar diet, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. Also drink at least two liters of water a day.

Avoid stress

Cortisol is a hormone that associates with stress. This can contribute to the bloating of the stomach. Not to mention the fact that being stress can cause some people to eat more and to indulge in alcohol. Stay hydrated, like of fluid can cause you to become on edge. Also if you are going to consume caffeine, watch how much you drink; too much caffeine can also put you on edge. To avoid stress you need to identify your stress. Try weighing out the measure of the stress (don’t stress over the small stuff). Just get away from it all, whether you take a hike, swim, or just going to your best friend house.

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    • devin shakur profile image

      devin shakur 4 years ago from THE WORLD!

      working on getting rid of my muffin top. at 49 years old, this is a challenge! thanks for the tips!

    • ALUR profile image

      ALUR 4 years ago from USA

      Excellent tips/video and commentary. Muffin top/pear shape you name it, I'm all about trying to get myself motivated and moving rather than just thinking about it!