Something about LOVE HANDLES I wish someone would have told me sixty trajillion moons ago

anthony mychal love handles skinny-fat

I’m the prime suspect in an ongoing love handle obsession investigation. I’m eighteen years old. I have a six-pack for the first time in my life.

But the love handles…

The love handles aren’t budging. They are large and in charge. They have the girth to give birth. I can't think of a third funny thing to write here.

My psyche rattles the walls of an orthorexic blender. I can't stop looking at the the utters of blubber jutting from my midsection. I can't stop wondering if they will ever go away.



I stay in “fat loss mode” for moons beyond the norm. My body begins to reflect the the level of discontent my mind endures; it withers into nothingness.

I'm fighting valiantly.

But its all for nothing.

A love letter to the love handle obsessed

If you've ever been in the same situation, here's something you need to know. Something I wish my love handle obsessed self knew way back when.

You’re going to have love handles forever if you keep believing you have love handles.

Because, quite frankly, I didn't have love handles. I just thought I did.

Take a look at the picture below. That's Miranda. I don’t know much about Miranda, but I know she has an Instagram account. (You’re welcome.)

Miranda love handles hip muscles

She's lean as fuck, especially for a female. But I'm sure you see what I see: the love handles.


Only they aren't love handles. They're MUSCLES. More specifically, the giant muscles of the hip. JUNK IN THE TRUNK, DOOD. Junk in the mother fucking trunk.

By the way, I never was a fan of the color purple. Or sparkly things, for that matter. But I'm currently reconsidering my political position. For no obvious reason. Just a thought that came into my mind. Funny how the brain works.

A little bit of fat goes a long way

When you're as lean as Miranda, you see OH SNAP THAT'S A GIANT MUSCLE RIGHT THERE. But if you have body fat covering this area, you lose the hard sculpted muscular delineations. You're left with marshmallow soft ski slopes.

Doesn't take much body fat, either. Check out the picture of Miranda below. Just a little bit of fat is enough to convince yourself that it's all fat.

anthony mychal love handles hip muscles

And, sometimes, losing fat can make your “love handles” seem even bigger because you lose fat around the waist, but the large hip muscles remain.

Your party cr(ass)her

This isn't permission to go around thinking all of your fat is muscle. Some people are fat. And their love handles are fat.

But if you're reaching six pack leanness and the love handles aren't budging, chances are, there's some muscle that's making your love handles seem like a bigger deal than they really are.

What can I say.

Your ass crashed yet another party it wasn't invited to.

Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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  • MK October 17, 2014, 5:11 am

    Thanks for this post! It’s hard not to self obsess and always feel gross and that you can do more.

    • Anthony October 25, 2014, 3:16 pm

      Ah, yes, don’t feel gross. In the end, no one cares but you 😉 if you feel gross, don’t feel gross because of what OTHERS may think, but rather because of some standard for being you place on yourself.

  • DavidSwe October 17, 2014, 9:29 am

    Interesting! I’ve had the same concern about the same area, but it made my but lock “too big” (according to my minds judgement). After a little cut and watching Jonnie Canditos video “why I want a huge ass” my mind is now at peace.
    Your “love handles” are now something different. Are you now okay with how this part of your body looks, now when it has no “judgemental name”?

    • Anthony October 25, 2014, 3:09 pm

      I’ve absolved any mental ties with my body imagine insofar as what OTHERS think. My only “hiccup” with my body would be in terms of being unable to make something happen that I’d want to happen, simply as an artifact of some sort of self control / dominance.

  • Yannick Noah October 19, 2014, 4:02 am

    Woah man I wish I had known this. Either way I have to get leaner and when I do, I shall not worry about the love handles. Thanks ant.

    • Anthony October 25, 2014, 3:04 pm

      Welcome, thanks for reading.

  • Brian October 20, 2014, 3:38 am

    You continually post things I need to hear. I too have been battling the “love handles” (reading this post has caused me to start using quotes around that..A step in the right direction). Even though I don’t come from a skinny-fat background (I come from a… fat-fat background, I guess you could say..Used to be on the verge of obese and dropped 110 lb), I’ve leaned down to 10% or so in the past and still have not gotten rid of them. Our body’s seem to have a lot in common.

    One question though..In that picture, are you wearing your shorts where you normally would wear a pair of pants? They look a bit low, or perhaps my eyes are playing tricks on me.

    • Anthony October 25, 2014, 3:04 pm

      They’re low.

  • Samir October 21, 2014, 4:29 pm

    I believe! I got my “love handles” through single leg squats.

    Fortunately I can actually hold the entire muscle(s) especially when sitting.

    • Anthony October 25, 2014, 3:00 pm

      Yeah, balance work will hit the hip rotators.

  • Ron October 28, 2014, 3:25 pm

    The first picture is you ? WTF you’re smaller than the average joe at my gym.

    • Anthony October 29, 2014, 12:57 pm

      Is the average joe 6’4″?

    • Anthony November 5, 2014, 12:48 am

      Thanks, Chris.

  • Miranda October 31, 2014, 11:03 pm

    Hi, I’m actually the girl in the photos. My “love handles” are actually my butt. Most people would lose the “love handle” look if they just pulled their pants up a little higher, which I’ve always had to do.

    Another thing is your oblique can appear as love handles, if you have prominent obliques which I see you do. Especially if your body tends to hold fat mostly in your waist area it’s going to have that illusion. Your obliques are holding onto fat. My body type holds weight in my hips/thighs so when I gain some fat it sticks out more there. Some people gain weight evenly all over. If you’re only 18 just keep working at it. Nutrition is the key to a flat stomach!

    Also, thanks for the kind words! And for the record, those measurements are accurate 🙂

    • Anthony November 1, 2014, 2:56 pm


      Thanks for the reply. I forgot to reach out to you, but I’m glad you’re OK with me using the photos. I’m sure your words will give a lot of people some peace of mind, as will your photos.

  • Michael May 12, 2015, 8:31 am

    The amount of times I’ve lost weight and my love handles are still there and then I end up putting the weight back on due to being so disheartened is ridiculous. I didn’t even consider this could be an issue. You’re right though, people shouldn’t care about what others think. The opinion that matters is the opinion of yourself.