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How To Get Rid Of Love Handles: More Men Opting For Plastic Surgery, But Diet And Exercise Works Too

25/09/2013 12:01 BST | Updated 01/04/2015 17:59 BST

More men are going under the knife to rid themselves of love handles than ever before, a private plastic surgery clinic has revealed.

Men now account for 42% of liposuction patients, with one quarter choosing to target unwanted love handles in the quest for the perfect torso.

"Four or five years ago men were already showing an increased interest in body sculpting techniques, but these procedures were perhaps most commonly sought as a means of targeting the chest and abdominal areas," says Dr Dennis Wolf, cosmetic doctor at The Private Clinic on Harley Street, according to the Mail Online.

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"At that time men prioritised achieving a toned upper torso and a visible six pack, as these were the areas they felt most self-conscious about.

"Over time attitudes have changed and no longer are men satisfied with targeting these areas alone."

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But surgery isn't the only way to get rid of unwanted flab. Fitness Expert and founder of Smash The Fat, Sam Feltham told HuffPost UK Lifestyle:

"Love handles can be the bane of many men's lives and, on the subject of Bane's, Tom Hardy knows a thing or two about losing love handles for his role in Batman.

"The way Hardy gets in to shape is to lift heavy weights along with eating real foods. 2 or 3 full body weight training sessions a week will boost your muscle mass and help increase specific hormones which aid in fat loss."

Scroll down for more exercises to beat love handles

He added: "As many fitness models or actors know though, six packs are made in the kitchen. I recommend always starting the day with eggs and bacon, followed by sweet potato chips and mackerel fillets for lunch and steak and green beans for dinner, with some nuts or olives for snacks.

"Follow a plan similar to this and in 8 weeks you'll see some serious results but without the expensive surgery."

Personal fitness trainer Kyla Gagnon shared 10 exercises to help lose those unwanted love handles, courtesy of HuffPost Canada

10 Exercises To Lose Love Handles

Bicycle Crunch:

Laying flat on your back with your hands by your ears, elevate your legs to a 90-degree angle, says personal fitness trainer Kyla Gagnon based in Victoria, B.C. Next, bring your left knee towards your chest and twist your right elbow to meet it. Repeat this on the other side. Also, as you bring one leg in, stretch the other one straight out.

Russian Twist:

Begin in a seated position with bended knees and flat feet. Lean back slightly with a strong straight back and get into a comfortable position, contracting your ab muscles. Stretch your arms out in front of you and twist the torso from side to side. For more intensity, tap the floor to the right of your hip and then the left side.

To further increase difficulty, lift your feet off the floor or use a weighted medicine ball in your hands.

Plank Knee Drive:

In either the low (elbows touching the ground) or high plank, bring your right knee out and try to touch your right elbow. Gagnon suggests doing 10 to 15 reps per leg to start and always remember to bring your body back into the original plank position before the "drive."

Side Plank Hip Dips:

Another variation of the plank exercise, start in a side plank position with your elbows touching the ground. Drop your hips to touch the floor as you inhale and exhale while bringing them back up. Gagnon suggest 10 to 15 times per side.

Side Plank:

Using one arm, either your forearm or your hand, line it up beneath your armpit and stack your feet on top of one another. Ideally, you want to create a “T” shape with your body.

Stability Ball Plank:

Using a stability ball, place your elbows and forearms on the ball. After you regain your balance, try to hold a plank position for two to five minutes.

Elevated Plank:

Again, in a low or high plank, use an elevated surface like a bench, step or ball, and continue holding your plank for two to five minutes.

High Plank From The Hands:

Get your body into a push-up position but hold it up. Place your hands directly beneath your armpits and keep your legs straight. Gagnon adds that your belly button should be sucked up into your spine, creating a strong flat back.

Low Plank From Elbows:

Place your elbows and forearms on the floor beneath your armpits and lift your body off the floor with your legs straight. Hold this position for one to three minutes.

Deadlift:

Stay with your legs shoulder-width apart and slightly bend your knees into a squat position. Using a kettleball or weights, bring your weights in front of you with your arms forward and bring them back slowly.