"I want to lose my belly fat." How many times have you said that to the mirror in the morning? It's important to remember that you can't just lose fat around your belly. Exercise can help you lose fat all over your whole body. But you won't just lose it around your belly.
The only way to target your belly area is with exercises that tone muscles. These exercises will tighten and make your muscles in your belly area smaller. So when you do lose fat over your whole body, the fat loss will look more dramatic in your belly even though it will be about the same as everywhere else.
So there's no magic bullet when it comes to belly fat. If you just do the right things for losing fat overall, you'll lose fat around your belly. It's the same formula people have been giving for years about losing weight and getting in shape. Aerobic exercise and healthy eating will help you lose that belly fat.
Aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and aerobic dancing are good for this. Any exercise that helps you get your heart rate up and helps you burn calories will help you lose fat everywhere including your belly fat.
And exercises that aren't necessarily aerobic can really make a dramatic difference in your belly, too. Yoga, for instance, is usually not an aerobic exercise because it's done with slow and steady movements. But if you do it and you focus on your core muscles that are in your abdomen in your back, you'll see a dramatic difference in your belly pretty quickly as long as you're eating correctly and burning fat.
Pilates is another good one for losing belly fat. These are pretty controlled movements like yoga that focus in that area. It's believed that if you strengthen your core muscles which are in your abdomen and your back, you can more easily get the rest of your body in shape. So they focus on this area.
If you do these in addition to your regular aerobic exercise you'll see a very dramatic difference in your stomach. And as long as you're burning fat as well it will look like you've lost a lot of belly fat. In fact, if you do nothing different and just take up yoga and Pilates, your stomach area will get smaller.
Exercises that target the stomach muscles that can be aerobic too, can really speed up the appearance of fat loss. Crunches and side to side crunches that really work those muscles in addition to all the other things you're doing can help.
Do them a few times a week for best results. And don't give up on your aerobic exercise like walking, jogging or whatever exercise you're doing to get your heart rate up 4 to 5 times a week.
So next time you're thinking, "I want to lose my belly fat," just do the healthy thing and you will. Eat right, get aerobic exercise and target the stomach muscles.