POSTED: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 9:04am
(CNN) — Love can be sweet and welcomed when it's in the form of chocolate, flowers, or a card.
But there's a different form that shows up uninvited.
We’re talking about love handles, that pesky fat around the lower back area and the midsection that can be difficult to lose.
For many people, breaking up with their love handles is hard to do.
“Men tend to have a fat distribution that starts at the belly and kind of lowers and wraps around to the back. Women’s start at the back and descend over the buttocks and thighs,” Avirl James-Hurt told CNN.
Exercise physiologist Avril James-Hurt says that most people think there are moves they can do to target the areas.
“A lot of twisting motions that side thing where you get on the side and you rock back and forth the kettlebells- where you dip up,” Hurt said.
But, she says, not so fast,
“All of the core exercises are really important to postural health and overall appearances of tone. However, those love handles and the abdominal fat are on top of those muscles. And abdominal fat, because of its proximity to the heart, is more inclined to be the fat that is blocking the arteries of the cardiovascular system, blocking your coronary arteries, affecting your heart health.”
All cardio exercises can help end the relationship, but to really combat the fat, she suggests high intensity interval training.
“It is the alternating of a very high intensity either speed or resistance, short burst of exercise with another short rest period. And going back and forth between those two for a certain amount of time,” Hurt explained.
And of course, following a healthy diet.