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10 Best Exercises to Lose Belly Fat

The most frequent question I'm asked is always, "What's the best exercise to lost belly fat?"

Interval training is a perfect exercise to lose belly fat, but once it's targeted, you have to think about the muscles underneath! The sets of muscles are:

1. Rectus abdominis: These muscles run vertically from your rib cage to your hips.

2. Obliques: These muscles come across your core at an up and down diagonal.

3: Transverse Muscles: These are your posture muscles -- the ones I really want you to work on! These muscles are the key to having great abs. Your transverse muscles come across your belly.

Do these exercises every day, and you'll be on the road to flat abs!

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We've all done it: That moment when you stand in front of the mirror and "pinch an inch," squeezing the extra flesh around your midsection, imagining what you'd look like if you could just wave a magic wand and make it disappear. And it's understandable - we're human beings, and we're visual creatures. It's in our nature to seek out a sleek stomach, to try for a tighter tummy, to wish for a whittled waistline. And the good news: Exercises to lose belly fat are totally doable.

Before we get started on specific exercises to tone up your midsection, it's important that you understand the total concept. When it comes to belly fat, you have the fat that's on top of the belly (subcutaneous fat), the fat that's marbled in between the organs, and the muscles underneath the fat. So, you have to tackle this from both directions. First, you'll need some cardio to get rid of the extra belly fat.

Now, let's get to work engaging these muscle sets! Try these 10 exercises to lose belly fat:

But what kind of cardio is the best?

My answer: Interval training.

Make it happen,


11 responses to “10 Best Exercises to Lose Belly Fat”

  1. David says:

    I keep hearing about foods to avoid , so you don’t get belly fat……I thought fat didn’t form until you ate more calories than you burn. So if you don’t overeat,,you shouldn’t get belly fat no matter what you eat. Which is correct .??…..fat not forming without overeating……or ……some foods go directly to fat ……???LOVE YOU……dchs.

    • editor says:

      Hi David,

      I understand your confusion, and both sides of the story have some validity. Let me explain…as we consume more calories without increasing our exercise, the extra calories that we consume get converted and stored as fat. However, we’ve learned through the years that not all calories are created equal. So does that mean that 500 calories of ice cream is equal to 500 calories of broccoli? No way, no how.

      A bowl of ice cream that’s packed with sugar and saturated fat will create a surge of insulin with every bite, setting that dreaded blood sugar roller coaster into motion. An egg white and vegetable omelet, on the other hand, will stabilize your blood sugar levels and provide balanced energy throughout the day. When you consume 300 calories of ice cream or sugar, your body has an insulin hit. Meaning, the sugar is thrown into your blood stream, spikes levels, and tells your body to stop burning fat because you have to eliminate the sugar. Your body is pretty smart at maintaining homeostasis and keeping blood sugar levels even. When you have sugar, the first thing your body wants to do is eliminate the sugar. After many years of attacking your pancreas (where your insulin is produced) it starts to weaken and you set yourself up for metabolic syndrome, which is a sensitivity to sugars and a first sign of that is belly fat.


  2. Blair Frank says:

    Are bananas really bad when it comes to causing belly fat?

    • editor says:

      Hi Blair,

      I hate to label foods “good” or “bad,” because just about everything is good in moderation. The issue with bananas is they’re little yellow packets of sugar…one medium banana has 14 g of sugar! So, it’s all about portion sizes! Sometimes we say 1 banana, but with how large bananas are at the store right now, it’s equivalent to 2 portion sizes.


  3. rasha says:

    Hi Dear Kathy , i have no questions , i just want to tell that i am exercising every day 30 to 40 min thanks to your fabulous DVDs , i really cannot thank you enough ..

    • editor says:

      Hi Rasha,
      Thank you for your kind thoughts! That’s music to my ears. Keep up the good work!

      • Susan says:

        Hi Kathy:
        You are amazing. I’ve been a fan since high school. Thank you for what you do. I just turned 50. I do bikram yoga 3-4 times a week. Was wondering what your opinion on it is as far as losing belly fat.

  4. janet says:

    Hi Kathy.
    What about some medical assistance, such Chromium pills? Does it really raise the metabolism of the body?

  5. Francene Katzen says:

    I have tried all kinds of tummy exercises. Very careful about diet, drink lots of water and I still cannot get my tummy flat. Help?

  6. MJ Van Winkle says:

    Thank you Kathy! am 62 & last November dusted off your total fat burning workout tape (yes, I still owned a vcr!) – lost 40 working out 3 days, 1 day off, 3 days cycle.Of course combined this with watching what I put in my mouth….tons of veggies, some dairy, protein, etc. I think it helped that I’m not a red meat eater. My husband & I leave next week for a 2 month road trip ( we love southern UT) on our way to northern ID. I told him we must workout in the hotel before we hit the back roads each day! Thanks to you I believe I’m committed to a healthy lifestyle going forward for the next 30 yrs — at least! :)

  7. Nicley says:

    Hi!! i am following good diet and doing some sort of exercises to reduce to my belly from about a month. i am doing this kind of exercises do you think it can reduce my belly or should i change the way i work

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