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Exercises to lose belly fat

Are you struggling to lose belly fat and flatten your tummy?

You're not alone.

Countless people suffer from belly fat and struggle to lose it. 

It's not your fault. 

This is because belly fat is the MOST stubborn fat in the body. 

It's certainly EASY to put on but HARD to lose. 

Banishing belly fat takes some careful planning and a few lifestyle changes. All in all, you need a plan built for fat burn in the stomach area. 

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This is not just for aesthetic reasons you want to do it for.

Visceral fat, laying underneath your outer belly fat is a danger sign for heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

So much so that studies linked larger waist size to those chronic diseases (1, 2). 

To start, your belly fat burning plan should include healthy eating and exercising.

In this post, we'll show you the 5 best fat burning exercises that will target your stomach from all angles.

Here are the 5 best exercises to burn belly fat quickly.

1. Bicycle Crunch

The bicycle crunch is one of the most effective exercises for strengthening and toning the abdominal muscles. As a bonus, it works your thighs and glutes too.

It's considered one of the top abdominal exercises for activating the rectus abdominis and the obliques. 

The exercise is fairly simple and does not require any equipment to perform other than a yoga/exercise mat to lay down on.

To start, lay on your back flat and place your hands behind your head as you do for regular crunches.

Lift your both legs off the ground and bend them at the knees. Slowly bring your upper body off the ground and hold them there.

In one motion, twist your upper body to the right as you bring your right knee close to your right elbow. 

Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Keep rotating sides to mimic the motions of paddling a bicycle. Complete 12-15 reps per side. 

End the exercise when you begin to lose your form from tiredness. 

2. Crunch Exercise

The crunch is undoubtedly the most popular "abdominal exercises" you can find it in almost every abs workout for both men and women. It primarily works the rectus abdominis and the obliques.

To start lie faceup flat on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Keep your hands loosely placed behind your head. 

Without pulling your head, crunch up by bringing your rib cage toward your pelvis.

Pause for 1-2 seconds then return to the starting position. Complete 15-20 repetitions

Again end the exercise when you begin to lose your form.

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3. Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch targets the lower abs, lower back, hips, and the obliques.

Start by laying flat on your back faceup with your legs together and your knees bent. Keep your feet flat on the floor. 

Place your palms face down on the floor next to your body for support. Tighten your abs to lift your hips and butt off the floor as you crunch your knees inward toward your chest.

Pause 1-2 seconds then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times.

4. Plank Exercise

The plank is one of my favorite core exercises because it works just about every muscle in the body, including your abdominals. It does it without moving a muscle. 

Plank exercise is done by holding your body in a straight position similar to a pushup for a duration of time. Typically, 30-45 seconds is the aim.

To start, get down on the ground into a pushup position. Your arms should form a straight line from your shoulders to the elbows.

Push your body up and support it on your palms and the balls of your feet.

Keep your back straight and your tush aligned with the entire body, all in a line. Do not strain your neck. 

Keep the abs engaged by sucking the belly button in. Hold the plank for at least 30 seconds. 

5. Russian Twist

Last but not least, the Russian twist is my ultimate favorite ab exercises because it engages just about every muscle in the abdomen. 

Yes! the Russian twist incorporates the lower abs, upper abs, obliques and lower back. It's the perfect belly fat burning exercise that you need in your abs workout routine.

Start by sitting on the ground with your knees bent and your heels away from your butt.

Slowly lower torso backward until you feel your lower abs fully engaged. Try to keep your back straight.

Place your arms out in front of your chest and hands together.

Begin by slowly twist to the right. The movement is not large and comes from rotating your torso, not from your arms swinging. Inhale through center and rotate to the left.

This completes one rep. Continue alternating from side to side until you complete a total of 15 per side.

Take Home Message

Performing these exercises are key to burning belly fat and increasing muscle tone in the abdominal area.

With that said, ab exercises by themselves won't likely to banish belly fat and flatten your abs. 

The key to getting a flat stomach is through following a clean diet and staying active. 

Regularly getting workouts and eating a healthy diet with lean meats, healthy fats, and fresh produce help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat naturally. 


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