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I want to lose inches off my waist and get rid of my love handles. I do aerobics but my waist is not small like I want it. What can I do? — Amanda K.

Richard Cotton

Answer:

I suggest you take a look at your mom and dad and get a sense of your true body type and the influence of genetics on your shape. Regardless of the genetic influences, try taking on exercise and eating habits that work within a balanced lifestyle.

Stick with it for at least three months and assess the results. It after three months of good habits, you end up with a thinner waist, good for you. But, if the inches don''t melt away, be assured that you are healther as a result of your good habits.

Maybe the lesson is to honor your body by adjusting your values. If you end up fighting your genetic type and become obsessed with the amount of exercise you are doing you most likely will never reach your thin-waist goal and are at risk for blowing off exercise all together.

About Richard Cotton

Richard T. Cotton is the chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Richard oversees the ACE's studies and evaluations on fitness products and serves as the ACE's media spokesperson for these studies and other health and fitness issues. He has written numerous articles on health and fitness-related topics such as the importance of certification and safe and effective exercise techniques.


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