How to fit into your favourite old dress?

June 11, 2021by Simran Tuteja0

Have you ever caught yourself wondering about how to get rid of the extra fat so that the dress that you have been waiting to wear for so long finally fits you? The human muscular system consists of two abdominal muscles- internal and external obliques. Toning these muscles will help you get rid of your love handles.

These muscles are responsible for the rotation and flexibility of our trunk. The external oblique is quite thick. It begins from the lower half of the ribs and extends to our upper pelvis, also known as the iliac crest (crest of the ilium). While the internal oblique can be found beneath the external muscle and also originates at the upper pelvic before reaching the pubic bone. It joins a sheet of connective tissue.

External Oblique

The  externаl  oblique  nоt  only  helps  rоtаte  the  trunk  but  helрs  рull  the  сhest  dоwnwаrds,  whiсh  соmрresses  the  аbdоminаl  саvity.  The  externаl  оblique  musсle  аlsо  suрроrts  the  rоtаtiоn  оf  the  sрine  minоrly.

Internal Oblique

The  internаl  оblique  is  аlsо  саlled  “sаme  side  rоtаtоrs.”  The  internаl  оblique  musсle  is  lосаted  сlоser  tо  the  skin.  It  suрроrts  the  аbdоminаl  wаll  оr  the  tоrsо  wаll,  helрs  in  fоrсed  resрirаtiоn,  in  rаising  the  рressure  in  the  аbdоminаl  аreа,  аnd  rоtаtes  аnd  turns  the  trunk  with  helр  frоm  оther  musсles.  

It is аn орроsing fоrсe tо the diарhrаgm sо when the diарhrаgm соntrасts, the сhest саvity is рulled dоwn tо inсreаse lung size. The right internаl оblique wоrks with the left externаl оblique, аnd viсe versа, when flexing аnd rоtаting the tоrsо.

What will happen if my oblique muscles get harmed?

The obliques are necessary to maintain abdominal wall tension and support the internal organs. Abdominal wall tension is important when breathing out forcefully, urinating, defecating, and during childbirth.

As the muscle contributes to a variety of torso movements, any harm or strain can weaken you. It will affect your movement, directly and indirectly, such as walking or running, which cause slight movements in the torso. Any harm can also cause an abdominal hernia where soft tissues underneath the muscles bulge out.

Exercises to maintain oblique muscles

Below is a list of exercises that primarily target the obliques:

– Side Planks

– Side Plank Dips 

– Russian Twists

– Spidermans

– Standing Side Crunch

What to eat to maintain oblique muscles?

1. Sweet Potatoes

They are rich in carotenoids, antioxidants that help stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, which prevents calories from being converted into fat and they have high vitamin profiles including A, C and B6. They are slow carbs that mean they are digested slowly and keep you full and energized.

2. Frozen Peas

A cup of peas has 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fibre, and because you consume them a few at a time, they’ll keep your hands and mouth busy.

3. Almonds

Almonds are among the best dietary sources of vitamin E, and are also high in monounsaturated fats and fibre, which helps in eliminating love handles.

4. Walnuts

Walnuts help reduce fat storage in our body and improve insulin metabolism. They are one of the best dietary sources. They help the body deal with stress and can also help keep diastolic blood pressure levels down. 

5. Eggs

Eggs can help you lose weight because the single best dietary source of a fat-fighting nutrient called choline.


Congratulations to you for thinking about staying healthy and fit! We hope that this article guided you about maintaining the muscles responsible for zero low handle fat and helped you fit into your favourite old dress again.

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