Trying to lose belly fat can feel like an impossible task at times. The fat around your abdomen is, after all, notoriously difficult to lose. Le sigh. But, with the right combination of diet and exercise, a flatter stomach is totally attainable. POPSUGAR spoke to Betina Gozo, Nike Master Trainer, and Dionne Del Carlo, founder of StarCycle, to get their ab exercises.
Keep in mind, you can’t lose belly fat by core moves alone. Gozo said to make sure you’re doing anaerobic exercises as well. “[These] will spike your heart rate up to keep you burning calories the rest of the day!” Think: HIIT or other kinds of interval training, which studies have shown are more effective at getting rid of fat than straight-up cardio (aka aerobic) exercises.
“I truly believe that a huge part of our physical (as well as mental) health is connecting the mind and the body,” Del Carlo said. In other words: unplug, and take some time to center yourself. Stress, unfortunately, can actually cause you to gain fat.
Lastly, a huge component of losing belly fat is dialing in your nutrition. (There’s a reason they say abs are made in the kitchen.) General rule of thumb: avoid processed foods and fill your plate with whole foods such as leafy greens, healthy fats, and quality protein.
Now, onto the moves that will help in your quest to get rid of belly fat. Gozo recommended doing abs-specific moves, like the ones that follow, three to four times a week.