“I used to think that I wasn't fine enough
And I used to think that I wasn't wild enough
But I won't waste my time tryin' to figure out
Why you playing games—what's this all about?”
Claire is always harassing me about my love handles. I keep telling her that I’m built like a linebacker and not like a physique bodybuilder, but she still gets a kick out of bothering me. As long as my king’s cut runs deep, “meen care”.
For the people who may not know, love handles are another name for the excess fat that sits at the sides of the waist and hangs over the top of pants. Also known as a muffin top, this fat can be a challenge to lose.
So I’ve always had this. It was a thing when I was bigger and it was right there when I was training and competing at a “decently” high level. They’re my fwens. LOL!
A lot of people try to work on theirs by isolating that part of the body and trying to “work it out”, but that isn’t as effective as one might think. I mean it helps, but it's not or shouldn’t be the primary means of elimination. What I’ve learned from doing body analysis (How do you make this plural?) with my guy Antonio Gummels is that this area of the body is specifically affected by the crap that I eat AND stress.
So eating those bad and excessive carbs, those sodas and caring the world on my shoulder is the direct cause of these love handles. Those late night trips to the gas station, that stress eating, and that non-stress eating. Lol.
Let me stick to the health and fitness, and then I’ll hit you guys with the life lesson I got from my love handles.
My body doesn’t handle stress well, obviously. So when I’m going through stressful periods, I will naturally “gain love” in my handles. Something about cortisone. BUT. Plot twist. I also stress eat. Coke and Pizza are the go to. Oh, and Bimbo biscuit. Double the pleasure, double the fun. Not only is the stress naturally affecting me, it also makes me eat the things that negatively affect that specific area of the body. DANG.
Solutions? Cut out added sugar, focus on healthy fats and stress less bro. Being stressed out has a negative impact on both your mental and physical health and aint nobody should have time for that.
Therapy. Or any professional service is necessary.
Logic would tell me that if I have fat in a particular area, that I should isolate that are in order to lose the fat. That works, buts it's not effective in itself. Knowing what causes the issue should always be the first step in improving said issue. Imagine working my core to death, but not managing my stress. Or still eating trash (even though trash is so good).
I believe in spending money on professionals that can help me find the source of any issue I’m having. That’s why today I’m getting a full body massage from Jody. Been dealing with some aches and pains, and even though I have an idea of what’s causing what, seeing a professional is the wisest choice.
Fix me Jody. Fix me.
*Yo, Siri, play Love by Keyshia Cole*