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LOVE HANDLES: Fat stores build on the waist

Almost every week I overhear people talking in bars, supermarkets or sitting in beach side cafes and it’s always the same old story. While sipping on that second half pint of lager or munching their way through a bumper breakfast they are telling their tentative companions that they need and should make an effort to lose weight. Now, honestly I don’t mean to eavesdrop, but I do have sensitive hearing and when the word diet is mentioned it’s as though my ears stand up to attention!  At this point I always wonder why people refer to it as weight loss.  I can understand when standing on the scales weekly we want to see a reduction in weight but realistically shouldn’t it be fat we want to lose. After all its fat that hangs over our waistbands (not muscle), fat that bulges from above and underneath our bra straps, fat that rubs painfully on our legs when we walk and who said “love handles” were pretty? In the Medical Dictionary “love handles” are referred to as “A deposit of fat at the waistline” in other words colloquially called a “spare tyre”. But what is it about the word fat; everyone seems frightened to use it, mentioning it to some folk is down right taboo. (No offence meant to anyone here but remember I myself have lost four stone 7 lbs so that’s and incredible 63 lbs of the stuff, so I certainly know how it feels to be carrying it around and never ever in my lifetime want to find it again)  Instead we hear adjectives such as over weight, chubby, rounded, voluptuous, well built, plump and dare I go on.  The funniest one I heard was a lady calling it “puppy fat” and she was only 50 years old!


At this point I do have to advise that some fats are an essential to sound nutrition, but we all know by now fats are not the same and eliminating all fat from our diets is unhealthy. Fat in our diets is essential for multiple body functions but not to the excess most people consume it. In order to lose fat it is necessary to cut down on the not so healthy fats and encourage a healthier eating lifestyle. By losing only three pounds of the stuff we can begin to feel the difference to how our clothes feel on us but adding three pounds of fat onto our bodies brings the pinch an inch syndrome.


The reasons and benefits from changing your eating habits or even indulging in a little exercise are immense and totally rewarding. There are so many positive aspects for losing weight I could write lists but by now most people know what they are, however it’s finding the courage to make these changes that seems to be an issue. People think their lives are never going to be the same without their burger and chips or that thick crusty pizza. Losing fat by following any healthy eating plan isn’t a life sentence but a way of educating yourself on eating more healthily and making better choices. As I’ve always said “Everything in moderation”.  And eating too much chocolate does make your clothes shrink!


Until next time!

Take care and have a nice week, Lesley x

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Mondays, Café Manila, Paseo Maritimo, Los Boliches,– 6pm-7pm

Tuesdays ,ElimFamilyFellowshipPlaza Ibensa. Ave de Bonanza (Under Sinatras),   Arroyo de La Miel – 11am-12 noon

Wednesday, Café Manila, Paseo Maritimo, Los Boliches,  – 11am-12 noon

Wednesdays, Restaurante Carolina, Carretera de Malaga “El Zangano” Alhurin el Grande -2.15pm-3.15pm

Fridays, El Gusto restaurant (upstairs), La Cala, 11am-12 noon

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