The Biggest Enemy of Wearing “PERFECT-FITTING-JEANS” Is That Annoying Muffin-Top! For those of you who don’t know what a Muffin-Top is, It’s That Extra Fat Around Your Belly that Spills over the Top of your JEANS or SHORTS.
There are many factors contributing to how your body deposits fat, which means there are many things you can do about it. How much exercise you do what you eat how much you sleep you get hormones genetics; all contribute to how much fat you have and where it hangs out on your body.
What would appear to be the obvious solution to remove the muffin-top, is to jump in and do abdominal exercises like crunches and sit-ups. These will give you stability and help flatten your tummy giving you a better profile. Unfortunately, they won’t specifically get rid of the flab over the top. The only way to get rid of your muffin top is to burn that fat with cardio (and eating fewer calories will help too).
If you’re serious about getting rid of Muffin-Tops, you’ll want to plan to do 30 to 40 minutes of cardio at least three times a week, along with strength training two to three times per week.
To really blast Muffin-Tops away, you’ll want to switch up your cardio approaches, meaning that you don’t want to do the elliptical all the time. The goal is to keep on challenging different muscle groups – so one day you should run, while the next you should try swimming, and then another day try rowing. High-intensity interval training programs are also highly effective at diminishing love handles because they really burn fat.
Before toning your muscles, your first goal should be to lose weight and reduce your body fat. Once you’ve started on that, you can start to do strength training exercises. As you burn fat and increase your metabolism through muscle building, those love handles will slowly go away.
Some of the best exercises for losing those muffin tops are:
This exercise works your internal obliques and external obliques. To start the exercise, you’ll want to lie on your back with your knees bent. Then place one hand behind your head, and lift your head slightly. Then twist until your left elbow goes toward your right knee as you extend your left leg. You’ll want to then pull your leg back in and extend the other leg, twisting is so that this time your right elbow goes toward your left knee.
This exercise starts off by having you lie on your back with your arms extended out to the sides, and your hands flat on the floor. Then you’ll want to lift your legs and bend your knees so that your calves are parallel to the floor. Your thighs should form a 90 degree angle with your stomach. Proceed by lowering both legs together to one side so that your right thigh touches the ground on the right side. Maintain the 90 degree angle. Return your legs to the center, and lower the other side so that your left thigh now touches the ground.
To begin this exercise, sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Then hold out your arms in front of you, and press your hands together. Start leaning back about 45 degrees, and then slowly twist to your left side. Return to center, and then twist to your right side. Do at least five reps.
If you follow a healthy diet, engage in cardio several times a week, and do these strength training exercises, you’ll will surely see the results you are hoping for.