The love handle fat that many men and women have is not essential fat — not most of it, anyway. When your love handles start to bulge, what you are looking at is visceral fat. Your body stores this type of fat around your body’s essential organs. Because men’s and women’s bodies are not composed in the same way, your body will store visceral fat around organs differently than your spouse’s, which is why men tend to have “apple-like” bodies, with much of the fat in the stomach and upper body. Women tend to have “pear-like” bodies, with much of the fat around the waist. This is because a woman’s body emphasizes storing fat near the uterus. For this reason, women are more likely to have large love handles than are men.