Most men, when they hit middle age, develop a bit of a paunch around their middle. Put this down to middle age spread, put it down to good living, put it down to laziness. Whatever you put it down to, it is there to stay unless you do something about it. Your love handles can be removed with a little bit of hard work and effort.
The first step to getting rid of love handles is strengthening your abdominal muscles and losing the fat. Sits ups and stomach crunches are very effective for removing love handles. They are simple to do and you can build up the amount slowly so you remain comfortable with them. They also strengthen your back and so can prevent problems there. Swimming also works the stomach without seeming like hard work. It works the entire body gently and ensures that you are in better condition.
You diet is important when trying to get rid of love handles. Cut as much salt out of your diet as possible. Sodium not only affects your heart, it encourages water retention, which then makes your stomach appear swollen and highlights your love handles even more. Processed foods need to be cut out of your diet as far as possible and drink more water to hydrate yourself and encourage normal bodily functioning. It will also reduce your appetite and cut down on snacking.
Alcohol also encourages your love handles to stay put so look at cutting that down or out of your diet. It is not like water. Instead it adds calories to your daily intake. It cannot be used at all and so in turned into fat which settles around your midriff. The more you drink, the bigger your love handles. A couple of beers never hurt anyone, but a couple more will. It will also be counterproductive if you are trying to get rid of them anyway, because you are putting back exactly what you have lost!
A few cardio exercises will also help you to banish your love handles. It burns off calories and will ultimately burn off those love handles. Cardio will then help you keep them off. Twenty minutes cardio three times a week is usually sufficient. You do not need to spend all day on the treadmill to see and feel the benefits. Walking, jogging, running, climbing and so on are all excellent forms of cardio. It may be wise to start easy and work your way up the difficulty levels. This way you do not stretch yourself too far and your love handles are gone in no time.