Exercises to Lose Belly Fat, 8 Most Effective

Last updated March 1st, 2021

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Looking for how to get a flat and sexy stomach? These eight exercises to lose belly fat are just what you need.

In this article, I will cover:

  • The real problem with losing belly fat
  • When is the right time to do these exercises?
  • 7 Best exercises to lose belly fat
  • Easy solution to get started today

Before I get to the solution, let’s start by addressing the underlying problem…

The Problems with Ugly Stomach Fat

When it comes to nasty belly fat, there are 3 main problems people face when trying to lose it.

Problem #1. Belly fat is stubborn.

When people talk about having “stubborn body fat,” they are 99% of the time referring to their stomach and love handles.  This is because belly fat is usually the first place people put on weight and the last place they lose it from.

This is maddening.

Especially when you’re dieting and exercising like you’re “supposed to,” but the stomach will not budge.  It is truly the hardest place to lose weight.

Problem #2. Belly fat is dangerous.

Pretty much every deadly disease known to man is linked to having a large waist circumference. Here’s the shortlist of things excess stomach fat has been associated with:

  • Death: Over 300,000 obesity-related deaths happen every year.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Breathing problems such as sleep apnea, asthma, and others
  • Joint pains
  • And much more

Stomach fat or visceral fat should be much more of a concern than fat found in other areas of the body.

Aside from the physical appeal of having great abs, it also greatly improves your overall health.

Problem #3. People trying to lose belly fat usually do it WRONG.

The real problem that most people face when trying to lose stubborn, unwanted fat is that they focus on the wrong things.

Here’s exactly what that means in a simple equation:

Diet > Exercise

Sure exercise is important, but in the world of health and fitness, diet is 80% of your results and exercise will account for around 20%.  It’s an important 20%, but people need to understand this.

If someone is eating a ton of twinkies at lunch and then doing a few crunches at home in the evening, they should not expect Gisele Bundchen abs anytime soon.

Those are the facts.

Exercising the ability to walk away from the kitchen!

Make no mistake; this is the #1 most effective of the exercises to lose belly fat.  I wanted to make sure to cover this again in case you just skipped down to the exercises.

80% Diet. 20% Exercise.

Don’t forget it!

Okay, here are the best 8 exercises to lose belly fat and for developing abdominal muscles once you have the right diet in place.

1. V-Ups

V-Ups exercises to lose belly fat

Begin by laying flat on the floor or mat and slowly raise the arms to meet the knees, forming a V.

Tighten your abdominal muscles, and rely on your core strength to keep you balanced in this position. Hold for as long as possible.

Repeat this move as many times as you can for one minute.

2. Bicycles

bicycle belly fat exercise

This is the #1 rated abs exercise for effectiveness in the world!

The only thing to watch out for is that you move too quickly throughout the movement. Go SLOWLY, and emphasize each rep.

Start with 3 sets of 35 repetitions on each leg. Work up towards 50 on each side.

3. Russian Twists

lose belly fat with russian twist exercise

The biggest mistake people make with this exercise is not keeping their backs flat.  Keep your back as straight as possible, and try not to hunch over.

Practice in front of a mirror if you aren’t sure.

Keep that back straight, and press your chest out. If this feels too “easy,” try holding a 5-10 lb weight in your hands.

Exercise: Start with 3 sets for 20 repetitions total (move slowly).

4. Toe Touch Crunches

toe touch crunches to lose weight

This exercise should be felt in your lower and upper abs.

Hold your feet in the air with your lower back firmly against the mat. Remember that throughout this entire exercise, your lower back should stay on that mat. Reach up and try to touch those toes (it’s okay if you can’t, just go as high as you can), and come back down for one.

Repeat this move as many times as you can for one minute.

5. Supermans

superman exercise for weight loss

Back fat is about as sexy as a pair of bright yellow crocks… So don’t neglect it, because it’s a part of your core.

Raise your arms and legs as high as you can at the same time for 30 seconds.  If that is relatively easy for you, go up to 1 minute for each rep.

Exercise: Start with 4 sets for 10 repetitions in total.

6. Jumping Planks

lose belly fat with jumping planks exercise

Start in the regular plank position, and simply jump your legs out to the sides while holding your feet together.

Keep alternating legs right, legs back, and legs left. Make sure to keep your abdomen tight and engaged throughout this exercise.

Repeat this move as many times as you can for one minute.

7. Toe Touch Variation

toe touch exercise to lose belly fat

Start by laying flat on the floor.

Reach one arm up as you also raise the opposite leg up at the same time.

Keep the other knee propped up for support, and keep your abdominal muscles engaged.

Repeat this move as many times as you can for one minute.

8. Classic Crunches

crunches can help you lose belly fat fast

I think we all know how to do a crunch… Make sure you tighten your abdominal muscles as you lift up.

Focus more on engaging your core rather than rushing this exercise to do as many as possible.

A slower crunch done properly is more effective than throwing yourself up as quickly as possible.

Repeat this move as many times as you can for one minute.

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Cathy Dean

Cathy Dean

Hey y’all. My name is Cathy, a former junk-food loving carb-aholic turned nutrition and fitness enthusiast. Here at Avocadu, we believe that a nutrient-rich diet is EVERYTHING when it comes to your health and well-being. Our motto is “Healthy from the Inside Out”! As a Certified Keto Coach, I specialize in teaching others how to lose weight through healthy, low-carb eating.

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10 replies on “Exercises to Lose Belly Fat, 8 Most Effective”

Nikita, it’s really personal preference, but I would say at least about 3 times per week. Try going for a walk or doing something else active on the other days. It helps to give your muscles a day break between workouts. You could also give yoga a try on the other days. It’s amazing for your body! Here is a great yoga workout for beginners: https://avocadu.com/free-20-minute-yoga-workout-for-beginners/
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