You won’t have to do hundreds of crunches or sit-ups a day to lose your love handles, which is what the oblique muscles on the side of the abdomen are called when they get flabby and soft. Doing crunches alone simply won’t be effective and will make you tired and less likely to work on trimming your middle. Change your diet so that you eat plenty of healthy food, such as fruits and vegetables, add some cardiovascular exercise to your routine, and do a few abdominal exercises a day and you’ll be on your way to ditching your love handles.
Work Those Abs
Place a stability ball on the floor. Lie on your back on the top of the ball and position your feet flat on the floor in front of you, keeping your knees bent.
Pick up the medicine ball and hold it in both hands. Lift your arms up and straighten your elbows, so that you are holding the ball above your chest.
Keep your back flat on the stability ball as you turn your arms and torso to the right. Stop when your arms are parallel to the floor, then slowly turn back to the center. Repeat, turning your arms to the left side. Repeat 10 times.
Lie flat on your back on the floor. Interlace your fingers and place your hands behind your head, with your elbows bent and pointing outward. Lift your legs off the floor and hold your thighs at a 90-degree angle. Bend your knees.
Twisting from your abdomen, slowly bring the right elbow to the left knee. As you do so, extend the right leg out. Twist back to center, then slowly turn to the other side, bringing your left elbow to the right knee, extending the left leg out as you do so.
Change Your Diet and Exercise Routine
Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruit every day. An easy way to do so is to have a piece of fruit with breakfast, a vegetable and piece of fruit with lunch and then two vegetables with dinner.
Drink plain water instead of sugary soda, diet soda or fruit juice.
Substitute fatty foods with lower-fat versions or different foods. Try having hummus and crackers instead of cheese and crackers. Skip the extra butter on your popcorn.
After dinner or lunch every day, go for a 30-minute walk. As you get used to exercising, you can try running, biking or swimming, instead of walking.