( CNN) If you ask almost any fitness professional how to lose your love handles, they will tell you two things: No quantity of abdominal crunches will make a difference if you don’t first improve your diet and exercise regimen.

And “were not receiving” such happening as “spot reducing” when it is necessary to solid loss, so you can’t target such areas alone.

Love handles, the pinchable fatty on each side of your stomach that leads to a “muffin top” appearance, are specially stubborn. They do not respond as rapidly to food and practise changes as the even more dangerous visceral obesity that is deep within your abdomen and leads to more of a “potbelly” appearance.