Shakira’s song, “Hips Don’t Lie” has a whole new meaning when it comes to dieting. It does seem every time I over-eat it go straight to my hips and with hip hugging jeans filling my closet, this could be a problem.
I don’t remember my hips being such an issue in the past but, then again, I didn’t realize how low “low-rise” jeans had gotten until I tried on an old pair of jeans that zipped up to my belly button. I remember wearing cropped shirts with jeans and never worrying about my “love handles”. Now I know why – they were covered up! With hip hugging jeans still being the trend I’m afraid we will be seeing a lot more of these dreaded love handles whether we like it or not.
You know what I’m talking about. Our youth today wear their hip huggers proudly even if they have too much hips to hug. Of course there are ways to still be stylish and hide the hips but the real answer is to lose the overflow.
1.) Diet – You have to reduce your calories if you want to reduce your hips. Diet is honestly 80% of the work. If you don’t know how many calories you are taking in, then you are guessing your way around things and guesses don’t always work.
2.) Cardio – The more calories you can burn, the better. Melt fat off your body with a treadmill or elliptical cross trainer, or high-intensity aerobics classes.
3.) Functional Training – The more functional training (boot camp, plyometric, multi-movement exercises) the more calories you’ll burn, the more you’ll sculpt your entire physique and the more you are working stabilization muscles around the joints too. This helps you tone ALL your muscle and not just the isolated muscle bellies – like your biceps.
4.) Train your Patience – The #1 thing you can work on is learning to be patient. If you do the above 3 things, you WILL get results. Sometimes, if we carry fat in an isolated area (like the hips, butt or belly), they are often the last to go – BUT they WILL go!! Be patient and know eventually your hips will show your success. And if they don’t – then remember, “Hips Don’t Lie” – they will tell on you in a heartbeat! So, if they are still too big, so is your caloric intake. 🙂
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