Reviewed by Dr Angelica L Dumapit and Physician Brandon Yew on May 16, 2022
Best Love Handles Workout Tips To Help You Slim Down
Published | 6 min read
Can exercising too much work against you if you are trying to get rid of your muffin top? Our physicians weight in on the best love handles workout to get you ready for warm weather.
If you’ve been trying to get rid of your muffin top without success, then the tips in this article can help.
In this guide, our physicians weigh in on the best love handles workout to help you feel your best. Plus, you’ll learn how too much exercise and bad posture can work against you.
What Are Love Handles?
Love handles are also known as a muffin top. These terms refer to the fat around your abdomen and lower back areas. It’s often caused by excessive food intake and lack of exercise.
According to registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Physician
Love handles can do more than make you not want to put on a swimsuit.
How To Use TCM To Support Your Love Handles Workout
TCM can help get rid of love handles through herbal medication, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and tuina (Chinese manual therapy). All of these are formulated carefully by a TCM physician to address specifically the unique body constitution of every individual patient.
Below listed are some TCM herbal formulations to help get rid of love handles:
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi: Strengthens Spleen Qi; dispels Dampness and Phlegm
- Chai Hu Shu Gan San: Soothes Liver Qi circulation; dispels Dampness and Phlegm
- Xing Sha Ping Wei San: Dispels Dampness and Phlegm; promotes digestion and
- Wu Ling San: Dispels Dampness and stagnated fluids
- Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang: Strengthens Spleen Qi; dispels Dampness and stagnated fluids
- Liu Mo Tang: Dispels Qi Stagnation and Phlegm
- Jian Pi Wan: Dispels Dampness and Phlegm; strengthens Spleen Qi and promotes digestion
Physician Yew cautions, “Please always bear in mind that the herbal formulas provided above are meant for varying
Acupressure is an easy self-help remedy. It works by placing fingers or a blunt object like a massage stick at certain acupoints and applying an appropriate amount of pressure.
The purpose is to elicit a tolerable sensation of soreness or tenderness, in order for it to be effective. At the same time, massage in both clockwise and anticlockwise circular motion 20 times each. Repeat for at least 3 minutes per acupoint.
He GuLI4: Helps soothe the Liver to dispel stagnated Qi, aids the Spleen in dispelling Dampness and Phlegm
- Zu San Li ST36: Strengthens Spleen
Qito dispel Dampness, Phlegm, and stagnant fluids Yin Ling QuanSP9: Propels Spleen Qito dispel Dampness, Phlegm, and stagnant fluids
- Feng Long ST40: Propels Spleen Qi to dispel Dampness, Phlegm, and stagnant fluids
- Tai Chong LR3: Soothes the Liver to dispel stagnated Qi, improving Qi and fluid circulation
- Tian Shu ST25
- Da Heng
- Jing Men GB25
- Dai Mai GB26
According to Physician Yew, “Do take note that the effect of acupressure for getting rid of love handles is quite limited. It is meant to be a supplement to acupuncture treatment, which is way more effective. Thus, it is still strongly recommended to seek professional help from a licensed TCM practitioner who can perform acupuncture safely and effectively.”
Love Handles Workout: Why Diet And Posture Matter
If your goal is to get rid of your muffin top, then diet plays an essential role. Working in a calorie deficit will help you lose weight, but you may not be able to control where it comes from.
As Doctor Shen noted, “Diet looks at the energy input and exercise, energy output. The input and output need to be balanced or purposely imbalanced to achieve a certain result. If the patient is looking at losing weight, then they need to make the input less than the output. Love handles are fats around the abdomen, which is a prime location for fat storage. It is impossible JUST to lose fat in certain areas of the body. General fat loss will help the ultimate goal for patients.”
“Making sure you engage your core whenever upright during the day will help tighten the abdominal muscles. With a toned core, it will help to tighten the waist and reduce the obviousness of the love handles. Contracting and toning up the core helps to increase the core muscle metabolism rate. With the core being active when the patient is upright at a higher metabolism rate, it will help to burn more energy and lose more fats,” noted Doctor Shen.
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