So you want to lose those love handles and bodyfat around your waist and hip. Unfortunately, everyone accumulates excess body fat in different ways and throughout different areas of the body.

As you probably know, there is no magical way to lose weight only around your hip area, so you have to create an overall workout regime that will burn away your hip fat as well as the excess fat throughout your entire body because there is no such thing as spot reduction short of invasive medical precedures at this moment.

For starters, you may want to maintain a routine of at least 30-45minutes of cardio activities four to five times a week. This can be used as the warm up to your strength training exercises or done completely separately. You make the call.

With that said, your strength training regime is designed to help you develop lean muscle and tone your body. Crunches is one way to tone your abdominal and hip area although there are many more exercises you can do.

The basic crunch is where you complete 10-20 repetitions and focus your gaze on the ceiling to prevent any strain on your neck or back. From here you may want to utilize the twist crunch. This is the same as the basic crunch except when you are going up, twist towards your left leg, and then lower. Repeat the right side and you are working abs the muscle groups that surround your hips.

It is important not to push yourself too hard with abdominal exercises like this because this is not the sole answer for losing hip fat. A combination of cardio and strength training is required for best results, of course combined with a good healthy diet. Without a healthy diet you are wasting your time because it is a myth that you can eat whatever you want to eat and still lose weight because you are exercising. Hip fat can be harder to lose but be patient and you will start to see results week after week.

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Do increase the intensity of your cardio exercises as your body progresses and even use a medicine ball or weights to increase the intensity of your crunches as well. If you persist, you will soon get your desired slim and sexy waistline.

Once you have achieved your desired weight, you may then wind down the intensity and regularity of your exercise program just so to maintain your weight and not to gain back the body fat which you have lost.

Trying to lose weight in the thigh and hip area is one of the hardest challenges in weight loss. Women in particular have a tendency to accumulate fat in the thighs and it can get very unsightly especially when the thighs begin to get flabby.

Before you get into an exercise regime to remove that particular area of fat, understand that you will need to lose overall body fat and that focusing on only one area does not work. And although you will lose fat from all over your body, you will not lose it equally. If you happen to be pear-shaped woman, be patient about getting the results that you want because hip and thigh fat can be quite stubborn to get rid of. In other words you cannot spot reduce fat and hope to lose only your thigh fat or butt.

Cardio exercise is key to changing the size of your butt and thighs. Cardio includes exercises such as jogging, running, jump rope, climbing, jumping, cycling, kickboxing – anything that gets your heart pumping and increases heart rate.