As a FFB I hear you on the love handle issue. It’s really frustrating. I can start to get veiny in the arms and so on, but the love handles are sitting there laughing at my efforts and messing my with shape.
There’s a fairly new ultrasound treatment which actually destroys fat cells (once you get fat and your fat cells multiply, they never really go away again). Since it isn’t invasive surgery, it’s something that I might consider saving up for.
People can call you lazy or whatnot, but different bodies have different natural “settings”. Perhaps with anabolics or other serious effort I could get rid of them, or perhaps I wouldn’t have them if I’d never been fat, but I don’t think I’m willing to be saddled with the bastards forever.
I know a lot of people get bent out of shape about these things, but personally, I think that if you’ve spent years achieving a muscular and lean shape, but due to the past your body won’t cooperate, then it’s fair to consider extraordinary means. It is your body, the opinions of other people aren’t important.
However, I’ll decry the easy way out as well when people haven’t put in the years of effort to find out whether or not their body will respond to reasonable efforts.[/quote]
After 20 years of lifting and 14 years in the Marine Corps, I’d say I’ve put in reasonable efforts to loost the spare tire. I’ve never been fat, but the handles have always been there (even when I was 140lbs in high school and at my skinniest and when I graduated Officer Candidate School in peak condition running almost 6-minute miles). I’m at the point where I’m almost ready to have the surgeon just suck it out. 10%bf was after 12 weeks of strict dieting. Not REAL hard to achieve, but not something I could maintain for a long time. My current 12% is easily maintainable.
My stomach is flat and rock hard. Wide shoulders and thick well-defined chest and back (I’m genetically gifted there). However, my handles give me a square, blocky look from the front (I have a really nice 4-pack). When I put my hands behind my back and squeeze my spare tire in I look really good (nice V taper). I bet my handles add about 4 inches to my waist.