Inducing a calorie deficit to lose belly fat isn’t just about exercising; it’s also about diet. That’s why a combination of high-protein, low-carbohydrate foods and regular cardio exercises is important to help you tone your belly and get rid of stubborn belly fat. In addition, strength training and core-focused exercise are essential to help you achieve the best results possible. Using this combination, you’ll be able to burn fat more effectively than just doing abdominal exercises alone.
To start, here are five of the best exercises to lose belly fat that fitness experts swear by. These exercises are quick, easy to do at home and effective in burning belly fat.
The burpee is one of the most efficient exercises for a great sweat and tones all the major muscles in your body, including the chest, shoulders, triceps, quads and lats. Moreover, it’s effective at burning belly fat and overall body fat.
The lunge is a good beginner-friendly exercise to reduce belly fat, which targets both the glutes and abs to trim your waistline and strengthen your core. Begin by lying flat on your back, with your legs extended and feet together. Rest the palms of your hands on either side of your body or underneath your buttocks for support. Hold this position for 30 seconds and work up to a minute or longer as you increase your strength.
3. Bicycle Crunches
Another core exercise to include in your workout routine, bicycle crunches target both the upper and lower abs for a tighter, more toned abdomen. This move is also effective at strengthening the hip flexors, which contribute to the appearance of your abs and enhances your core stability.
4. Side Crunches
Performing the side crunch targets the obliques as well as the core muscles, which helps to tone and slim your waistline. Inhale while curling up and exhale while crunching down to complete the exercise. You can start with 10 reps and gradually work your way up to 25 as you build up your strength.
5. Weighted Marches
If you want to challenge your body and get a full-body workout, try the weighted marches. This exercise is great for beginners, and it doesn’t require any equipment. After a warm-up, spend 30 seconds doing any activity you like (squats, push-ups, kettlebell swings, single-arm rows, etc.) and then rest for 30 seconds before doing the next activity. Repeat the cycle for 10 rounds to burn more calories and lose more belly fat.
HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a powerful workout for beginners to burn belly fat and tone the entire body. HIIT workouts consist of short, high-intensity exercises that alternate between different muscle groups to help the muscles recover and give you a better all-over workout.
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