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What are the best exercises to target stubborn belly fat?

Hi everyone,

I have been struggling with stubborn belly fat for quite some time now. I have tried different diets and even incorporated cardio in my workout routine, but nothing seems to be working. I am looking for more effective exercises that specifically target belly fat.

I am a 35-year-old female and live a mostly sedentary lifestyle due to my desk job. I am also a mother of two and find it hard to find time for long workouts. I am willing to put in the effort, but I need some guidance on the best exercises to target belly fat that won't consume too much of my time.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hey there,

I have also been struggling with stubborn belly fat, and I have found that incorporating more cardio into my exercise routine has helped with reducing it. Running, cycling, or any form of cardio that raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes can help burn fat and calories.

Additionally, I've also found that yoga is a great way to target belly fat without doing high-intensity exercises. Certain poses, like the plank, boat pose, and side plank, are excellent for activating and strengthening core muscles, which can help reduce belly fat over time.

Lastly, I've made it a point to stay hydrated throughout the day and eat more whole foods with healthy fats and protein. I've found that this combination of regular physical activity, a healthy diet, and yoga has significantly helped me in reducing stubborn belly fat.

Hope this helps!


Hi everyone,

I've recently started doing strength training exercises that primarily focus on the lower body, such as deadlifts, squats, and lunges. I've found that by building lower body strength, I not only toned my legs and glutes but also saw a reduction in belly fat.

In addition to strength training, I also find that adding in short bursts of high-intensity exercises during my cardio routine to be effective. For instance, after a few minutes of jogging, I would sprint for 30 seconds, then go back to jogging for another minute or two. This kind of interval training can help burn fat more effectively.

Lastly, I have modified my diet to incorporate more whole foods, healthy fats, and I've reduced my sugar intake. Drinking more water and green tea has also helped with hydration and reducing bloating. Combining these changes with increasing my overall physical activity helped me to achieve my goal of reducing belly fat.

I hope these tips help anyone struggling with stubborn belly fat.


Hi there,

I used to struggle with belly fat as well, but I found that a combination of strength training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been the most effective for me. Squats, deadlifts, and lunges are all great strength training exercises that engage your core muscles and help burn fat around the waistline.

In terms of HIIT, I don't have much time to spare either, so I usually do a quick 20-minute workout consisting of exercises like burpees, mountain climbers, and jumping jacks. This not only helps me lose belly fat, but it also boosts my overall fitness levels.

Also, make sure to prioritize getting enough sleep, reducing stress levels, and keeping to a healthy diet. These factors play a significant role in weight loss and overall health.

I hope this helps!


Hi there,

I have found that incorporating more core-strengthening exercises like sit-ups, planks, and Russian twists have helped me reduce my belly fat. These exercises specifically target the muscles around the midsection and help to tighten and tone the core.

Additionally, I also found that reducing stress levels through activities like yoga and/or meditation have helped me in my goal to lose belly fat. High levels of cortisol, which is produced by the body during times of stress, have been linked to stubborn belly fat. By reducing stress, I was able to reduce the amount of cortisol produced, hence reducing belly fat.

Lastly, even small changes to my diet such as increasing water intake, reducing sugar, and consuming more protein and fiber has helped me achieve my goal. I hope these tips help and good luck on your journey to lose belly fat!



I have also struggled with belly fat and have found that doing Pilates has been very effective. Pilates is a low-impact workout that focuses on strengthening the core muscles, improving posture, and boosting flexibility. By doing Pilates regularly, I have noticed a significant reduction in stubborn belly fat.

In addition to Pilates, I have also started incorporating more resistance band exercises into my workout routine. Resistance band exercises, like side bends, standing twists, and overhead pulls, specifically target the abdominal muscles and can help with toning and reducing belly fat.

Lastly, I've made some changes to my diet, including eating more fiber-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and reducing my intake of processed and sugary foods. This, along with staying hydrated, has also significantly helped with belly fat reduction.

I hope this helps out!


Hi everyone,

I struggled with belly fat for a long time and found that doing a combination of interval running, strength training, and modifying my diet worked for me. Running in intervals helped me burn more calories and fat, and alternating between faster and slower speeds helped target my belly fat. I also incorporated interval circuit strength training into my workout routine, which helped increase my overall metabolism.

In terms of my diet, incorporating more protein and healthy fats has helped me lose belly fat, and I feel more energized throughout the day. I also cut back on processed foods, sugary drinks, and alcohol which helped me cut extra calories from my diet.

Consistency in these three changes helped me notice significant differences in terms of belly fat reduction, and I recommend it to anyone who's trying to reduce their belly fat. Hope this helps!


Hello everyone,

In my experience, adding circuit training and foam rolling to my routine has been effective in reducing belly fat. With circuit training, I can burn calories while improving my endurance and muscle strength, which helps me burn fat even when I am not working out.

On the other hand, foam rolling helps me by improving my blood flow, reducing inflammation, and also helps to prevent soreness and injury. By promoting good blood flow to the muscles in my core, I saw a reduction in belly fat.

I also found that increasing the intensity of my workout gradually, and incorporating more variety in my workouts helped me see results in reducing belly fat.

Lastly, I made changes to my diet, such as choosing lean protein, leafy greens, and whole grains instead of processed or fast food - this helped me regulate my calorie intake and reduced my intake of foods that contribute to belly fat.

I hope this helps anyone looking to reduce their belly fat.


Hello everyone,

I found that incorporating high-intensity interval training (HIIT) into my workout routine has helped me to effectively reduce my belly fat. These short bursts of intense activity are great for burning calories and fat. I usually do HIIT workouts with a combination of cardio and bodyweight exercises like burpees, jumping jacks, and plank jacks.

I also found it helpful to make small changes to my diet. For example, instead of having a full meal, I eat four to five smaller meals a day to help boost my metabolism. I also drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks, and I always try to have a protein source with every meal.

Lastly, I want to emphasize the importance of getting enough rest and recovery time. Over-exercising and under-sleeping can negatively affect your body's ability to burn fat and lead to more stress - which can make it harder to reach your goals.

I hope this advice is helpful to anyone trying to reduce belly fat.

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