10 Best Exercises For Losing Belly Fat

Losing belly fat can be very challenging for many, it is often the most common goal amongst those getting into fitness. And for many, it is an elusive goal that can be hard to achieve, (however don’t get me wrong not everyone wants to lose weight). Although if you are interested, these 10 best exercises for losing belly fat, will help you achieve your goals.

Why Do People Gain Belly Fat?

Person losing weight over time


Belly fat is a pain, both physically and psychologically.

However, it is also a necessary part of our bodies as it protects our core from bruising and other damage.

But as belly fat increases to excess quantities, it can become overwhelming and disruptive, but understanding why belly fat is gained is imperative to understanding how to lose it.

To give you a better understanding, here are some of the most common reasons why humans gain belly fat.

Are You Overeating?

Lots of foods

It can be tough to keep track of all the foods we eat every day, but not impossible. Those looking to lose weight must develop an awareness of what they’re eating, as keeping track of the foods we eat allows us to manage our weight better, thus preventing the gaining of unwanted belly fat.

I too like many suffered greatly from overeating as I would often get distracted because of my surroundings and friends, but about four years ago I realized this was a serious problem that I had to fix.

Taking corrective action I learned how to control my eating and more importantly how to keep track of my calories, both were very important steps that played a significant factor in the amount of fat I lost.

Now it is hard to stop overeating right away. You have to approach it in slow intervals. Just like driving a car, you can’t be going super fast and then all of the sudden slam the brakes, this will most likely result in you crashing.

Yes, Posture Is Important.

Women sitting in a chair with bad posture

Have you checked your posture recently? Well, you should if you haven’t already.

Did you know poor posture is one of the biggest reason for gaining pounds? Knowing how to sit and stand properly is crucial for many reasons.

Not having good posture during our childhood plays a negative impact on our adult lives, one that causes many pains, the most commonly known would be back pain.

However, it is never too late to improve your posture, that is why I strongly advise you to do so. Learn more about how to improve your posture, here.

No Need To Be Stressing So Much.

Male stressing out

Everyone has stress in their lives, and nothing in this article is going to change that, but if you can mentally take some of the pressure of yourself it can, in turn, have a positive effect on your physical well-being.

One strategy that has helped reduce my stress would be planning ahead of time. By planning ahead of time, I am able to put my work into small intervals instead of doing it all together.

I started incorporating this strategy my first year in college, I realized that many students would often wait until the very end to study, and end up pulling “all-nighters,” just to “learn,” well that simply isn’t possible, which is why so many students stress out during finals.

By being prepared, I was able to keep my mind clear which allowed me to pay attention to other things like, the foods I was eating, or how active I was throughout the day.

There are many reasons why someone might be stressing, but whenever I run into a stressful time, I encourage myself to ask if it is worth stressing over. If not, I ignore it, and my mind is relieved of an unnecessary stressor. 

Like many, I live for happiness, and it is hard to achieve this when we put ourselves in burdens that are beyond our limits.

Weak Metabolisms Are Awful.

I suffer from a poor metabolism. However, I have learned how to optimize it.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I often get jealous when my friends and I go out to eat, and they eat all this fast/junk food but still maintain a flat stomach.

I consider these people who have a high metabolic rate to be lucky, as having a slow metabolism can eventually lead to, if not already, diabetes and more medical concerns.

To make matters worse, our metabolic rates decrease as we become older, this is more common in females than males.

Hormonal Changes.

Hormonal changes are more common in women, as they approach the middle years of their beautiful lives, their ratio of belly fat increases compared to body weight.

During the years of menopause, estrogen levels decrease. However, the number of male hormones increase, which can result in gaining fat in the abdominal area.

This is why knowing how to stabilize your hormones is very important.

There are 4 hormones that you must learn to balance:

  1. Leptin
  2. Estrogen
  3. Cortisol
  4. Insulin

By harmonizing these hormones, it will help reduce the impacts that getting older will have on your belly fat.

Don’t Forget To Blame Your Genes.

Strands of genes

Our genes are what make us different from everyone. This uniqueness is why I take pride in who I am, and as should you.

Unfortunately, though, not everyone will have the ideal genes, or else we would all be perfect, and there is no such thing as a “perfect human.”

Scientists have found that most of the fat cells our body creates is due to our genes. So basically if you descend from an obese or overweight family, the chances of you becoming obese or overweight are the same, but it doesn’t have to be.

I know this may be shocking for some to hear, but it is the cold truth. However, just by reading that don’t get discouraged.

There are many people out there myself included who descend from overweight families, but still manage to defy our odds, and reach the healthy body we desire.

If I can do it, I know you can too. So don’t go around using genetics as an excuse for gaining belly fat, or fat in general.

Now hopefully you have a better understanding as to why you are gaining belly fat in the first place. 

Also, I advise you to keep in mind these are just some of the most common reasons as to why you are gaining pounds. 

But worry no longer I will now share with you 10 simple exercises that have helped me lose my belly fat.

1. Easy As Taking A Walk.

Yes, it’s as simple as just getting up and taking a walk.
If you can push yourself to get at least 5000 steps into your routine each day, you have already taken one huge step toward a healthier lifestyle.
How you get those steps is up to you whether you are running a marathon, or just taking an extended trip to the mall. Get at least 5000 steps however you can, and belly fat will start to come off.
I personally aim to walk 10,000 or more steps every day, this may seem like a lot, but it isn’t. Steps start to pile up when you aren’t focused on getting in more steps but instead focusing on being healthy and having fun.

2. Run, Forrest, Run!

Running Man Kyle Cassidy

Walking 5000 steps can give you a much-needed push toward losing belly fat, but running can elevate your progress even further.

Running is often overlooked. Many view it as a punishment, or disregard it as an ineffective workout but make no mistake running is critical.

I used to hate running, to me, it is just super annoying. However, being that I played football and wrestling in high school and the fact that my trainer loved to make me run. I soon fell in love with running.

There are two types of running, short distance, and long distance.

A. Short Distance, (Yay).

Short distance running is for those that want to keep the muscle they gain, and still lose the pounds they don’t want.

My trainer would push me in doing short distance cardio because he didn’t want me to lose the muscle I was gaining. Short distance running requires you to push yourself to the end line at a faster rate than long distance running.

How To:

One excellent method that my trainer taught me was, doing intervals, from sprint, to jog, and then sprint again. Change speed every 10 yards, and it is ok to start the other way around as well, jog to sprint to jog. Measure out 100 yards of distance, 50 yards is ok if you are a beginner.

Here is a great video that I found, to further explain a similar workout.

B. Long Distance, (Ugh).

Long distance running has always been a pain for me, I never truly enjoyed it, but had plenty of experience with it.

During my time wrestling my coaches would often make all of my teammates as well as me, run one to three miles after practice. To be clear they were not watching us do this, and it was not required. However, I found it in me to run those optional miles, even though it pained me.

Why? Because I wanted to maintain the weight I needed to be, and because I wanted to get better.

Like I mentioned to me it was painful, I would often puke on my runs, but I kept it together and ensured myself that I would complete my run, and not cheat, make excuses, or cut it close.

As months passed, I started running with a friend of mine, who helped push me beyond my limits, as I did the same for him.

There is no real “plan,” for long distance running, start off with running one to two miles, at the pace you are comfortable at. This pace can be jogging speed or fast walking.

Also, I want to emphasize that whatever you do DON’T’ STOP MOVING. This is critical because, the more breaks you take, the faster you will become tired and want to stop running.

I like short distance running more than long distance, but that is not to say that short distance running is better, it depends on what your goal(s) and/or preference(s) are.

However, what does matter is having the right mindset.

Push yourself to achieve your goals, bring along a friend or friends, to encourage you and join you on your expedition to burning fat.

3. Jumping Jacks, Really?

Group of people doing Jumping Jacks

Yes, jumping jacks. Jumping jacks are great for burning fat.

The reason why jumping jacks are more efficient in helping you lose weight is that they are high-intensity cardio exercise. These types of exercises, help burn a significant number of calories at a faster rate, than exercises that build your muscles.

So if you are more interested in a high-intensity exercise rather than growing muscle mass, I would recommend you to incorporate jumping jacks into your cardio workouts.

However, if you want to burn fat while doing jumping jacks, it is important that create a calorie deficit. This is important because it tricks your body into burning the fat it has stored, which will result in you burning more pounds.

For me, my trainer recommended me to cut about 300 to 400 calories for every pound of fat I wanted to lose, for some this may seem like a huge reduction, but it isn’t. It’s as simple as not drinking soda while you eat, or not eating snacks that are heavy in calories.

If you want to know more about how to manage your calories, click here.

Some other exercises that work just as efficiently are:

  • Lunges
  • Star Jumps
  • High Jumper
  • Squat Jacks

How To:

One jumping jack workout that worked for me was called the Jumping-Jack Pyramid. To begin to start off by doing as many jumping jacks as you can for the next 10 to 15 seconds. Then, rest for another 10 to 15 seconds. Afterward, repeat, do as many jumping jacks as to possibly can, but this time increase the amount of time to 20 to 25 seconds. Follow that with a 20 to 25 seconds of rest. Continue to the same, method but increase the time to 30 to 35 seconds, along with a rest of 30 to 35 seconds. Finally, you have reached the top of the pyramid, and now it is time to go back down. From 35 to 25 to 15, repeat this for five times, however, if you are a beginner try to aim for three sets.

Jumping jacks are easy to do, and to at least me, are fun. They are ideal for me when I want to some cardio, and am running low on time. Jumping jacks are a great exercise that people underestimate, so don’t do that, because the have a lot to offer for someone who wants to lose fat.

4. Oh No! Not Mountain Climbers!

Airmen performing mountain climbers

You might think, those mountain climbers are easy, or hard, depending on if you are doing them correctly.

Many people incorporate mountain climbers into their workouts but fail to do them correctly; this may be because they just don’t know how to.

If you are one of those people, check this video out.

I remember, the first time during wrestling when I was called out by one of my coaches for not doing mountain climbers correctly, so you’re not alone if you do them incorrectly in the beginning.

After my coach had called me out in front of the team, he told me the correct way to do them. So I did, and they burned like h*ll. The very first time, it felt like a professional boxer had just punched me in the stomach repeatedly. This feeling hurt, but it also showed that I was burning fat.

Sure my muscles did become sore, but this is normal when you are doing an exercise for the first time or haven’t in a long time. However, my abdominal area was being extremely active, thus burning a lot of the stored fat that I had in my belly.

This exercise has been proven to boost your metabolism and help increase your entire core muscles.

There are different types of mountain climbers you can do, such as:

  • Spider Climber
  • Diagonal Climber
  • Side To Side Climber

However, I just stick to doing the regular mountain climbers exercise.

How To:

Every morning I wake up and drink a glass of warm water with lemon. Afterward, I do three sets of twenty mountain climbers. In between each set I take a thirty-second rest. For beginners, it is ok to take one minute of rest. This is great to do in the morning because it gets your metabolism going, so throughout your day you will be burning calories. At the same time, it is an excellent way to wake your body up for the busy day ahead of you.

Mountain climbers are painful, but next exercise is just as painful if not more painful, but it is a very efficient exercise.

5. Please, Not Burpees.

Steps to doing a burpee

                 Source: “Burpee” by U.S. Embassy Tokyo – Under Creative Commons License

Yes, Burpees.

Burpees, to me, are more painful than mountain climbers, but if you want to burn fat it is a must exercise. Burpees are another high-intensity exercise like jumping jacks, and mountain climbers.

What I love the most about the exercise is that it conditions the whole body, it is a great way grow your stamina, endurance, strength, and lose weight.

My trainer loved to make me do burpees like there was no tomorrow. I am going to be truthful with you, I was horrible at burpees, in the beginning, I was slow, weak, and occasionally puking. However, if you are in that situation there is not need to worry, that is normal. Over time, I became more adjusted to the exercise, and now I can do about twenty-five burpees in a minute.

It is crucial you push yourself when doing this exercise, sure it is ok to start off slow in the beginning, but in the long term, this will not yield any results. So aim to go as fast as you can every set, and if it helps bring along a friend for encouragement.

How To:

If you don’t know how to do burpees, follow these simple steps.

  1. The first thing you have to do is get into a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you.
  2. Next, kick your feet back and fall to a pushup form.
  3. (This step is optional, but not required, after you are in pushup position do one pushup.)
  4. Now it is time to get up and return to the squat position you started with as fast as possible.
  5. For the best part, jump up as high as you can from your squat position, envision yourself reaching for the stars.

This will get your blood flowing, and make the exercise more efficient. I love doing my burpees in the morning along with my mountain climbers. It is a great way for me to start the day. I do three sets of twenty burpees with a rest of one minute in between. It is ok to start at a lower level like three sets of ten burpees with a rest of one minute. However, once you start to get more used to the exercise, take one day out of the week to do fifty or even one hundred burpees and see how long it takes you, aim to beat your fastest time every time.

Burpees can be exhausting and painful (in a good way) but make no mistake, I don’t hate them and neither should you. They are a great exercise that requires no expensive equipment, all you need is yourself. They have helped me improve as a person overall, not just by losing weight. 

6. Yes, Swimming.

Person swimming in water


I remember my first time in a pool, I almost drowned. It was at a birthday party during my childhood years, I accidentally went into the deep end, and didn’t know how to swim, but as fate would have it, I survived.

From then on to my freshman year of high school I never learned how to swim and was always horrified of the pool. However, my high school made swimming a mandatory part of the curriculum. This ultimately very helpful it allowed me to get rid of my fear of drowning and gave me access a terrific new exercise. 

After finishing high school, in college, I would go for a swim in my recreational pool at least two times a week for about an hour. Swimming was a great way for me to burn calories if there was bad weather outside, but for the most part, I would just have a desire to swim.  

How To:

I usually do five laps, to one end and then work my way back. After I am done with my five laps, I take a small break of about five minutes before doing five laps again, and I continue this process until it has been about forty minutes to an hour. 

I realize not everyone has a pool in their backyard, but most people have access to a pool whether they realize it or not. There are many recreational pools out there open to the public. Some schools often open themselves up to the public, like mine. And if all that fails, hopefully, one of your friends is kind enough to let you go for a swim in their pool occasionally.

How ironic, something that once almost killed me has become one of my healthiest activities, but it is true. My favorite part about swimming is that you don’t need to be an expert or an Olympian swimmer, anyone can go to a pool and get an efficient swimming workout.

7. Do You Like To Bike?

People biking on an adventure

Ever since I was a young boy, biking has been a personal favorite of mine. But like most children at the time, I did simply out of desire and didn’t know how great it could be for my health.

My mom always encouraged me to get out of the house and ride my bike, and it’s one of the best things she could have ever made me do.

Then when I was a freshman in high school playing football, we would have training camp in the summer. I was too young to drive to school, and my parents worked so couldn’t drop me off. So I looked to biking to get me where I needed to go.

I would ride my bike to and from practice, giving me an extra workout even when I didn’t want it. Needless to say, the bike ride back after a full practice was the worst. At the same time, what made my journey more enjoyable was the fact that I wasn’t alone. A lot of my friends were also in the same situation, so we decided to bike to practice together, this was a great experience it brought us closer and provided extra exercise as an advantage.

Now that I am done with school, and spring has approached, it is biking season. I go out and bike for at least an hour, I love it.

I usually go on different trails around my town, lengthening from one mile to five miles. You don’t have to do that much biking if you don’t have the time to, but aim to bike at least thirty minutes every day, and you soon start to reap the effects.

Biking helps me get my mind off things that I might be stressing about. It also helps me explore, learn new things, and meet new people.

Biking is going to be the only exercise that requires a form of equipment, a bike. Even though it requires you to have a bike, you can easily ask to borrow a friends bike or buy one from a yard sale. Just go out there on a beautiful day feel the wind blow into your face, and enjoy the benefits of biking.

8. How Long Can You Hold That Plank?

Women holding a plank position

What are planks? Planking is a deceptively simple exercise, but make no mistake it is harder than it looks. The good news is that once you have practiced the art of planking, the general pain that comes along with first time planking is gone, and planking can become a relaxing yet still effective exercise.

Planking can become so relaxing that you don’t even need to set aside workout time to perform it. Planking can be seamlessly incorporated into your free time.

Watching the NBA finals this weekend? (Doesn’t have to be the NBA finals, it can be whenever you are watching tv).

Get off the couch and onto the floor and burn fat in between commercials. Or better yet, hold a plank the whole game, getting lost in the basketball action will help you forget you are even performing a workout. You will be burning belly fat without even noticing.

That is my challenge to you, think you can handle it?

I was first introduced to planking in elementary school gym class, like many, and it was awful. Nothing was relaxing about my stubby prepubescent body collapsing under the weight of basically nothing. As agonizing as it was at first, it was only the beginning. For the next seven years, they never let us off the hook, and planking was a part of every gym class.

However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as every class it got easier until it felt like I was doing nothing at all. By high school no one was intimidated by planking, it became the most natural part of gym class warm-ups.

Now planking is a personal favorite of mine. It is one of the easiest exercises to perform, and every plank can help you strength your core and burn belly fat.

9. Crunches, The Right Way.

Person doing crunches

One of the more traditional exercises that target the belly is the crunch. Alongside the “sit-up,” we have always turned to the crunch to burn fat and tighten our cores. Crunches are actually one of the most effective fat burning exercises, and there are several varieties of crunches to help you.

Crunches can be ineffective if performed improperly. I used to do crunches the wrong way, and it caused a lot of pain to my neck and back, but once I perfected my crunching technique, they went from being a detriment in my workout to being a centerpiece to my workout.

How To:

To do a proper crunch lie down with your feet up so that your knees are at a 90-degree angle to your body. Cross your hands in front of your chest, and make sure there is space between your chin and chest. Then sit up until your chest touches your knees and then slowly come back down and repeat. It is vital that you inhale as you come down and exhale when you come up. Never forget to breathe in any workout.

On top of the conventional crunch, there is a variety of crunch variations that can target specific parts of your body. Whether you are looking to burn fat or tighten up, stay open to crunches and its many variations. If you are interested in learning about the many different types of crunches, click here.

Many people might look at crunches as not being a useful exercise in losing weight, but it is. By doing it the right way, you will burn a lot of calories. There is a reason why when done correctly; crunches are one of the most efficient exercise to burn fat.

10. Do Some Yoga.

A women doing yoga

Finally, we have the most sophisticated method to burning belly fat, and it is not just an exercise, it is an artform. Like myself, yoga originates from India, but throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century, it has taken the western world by storm.

Not only can yoga help you burn belly fat, but it is also an emotional and spiritual exercise with countless benefits to your mind and body. Doing regular yoga will improve your flexibility, reduce your risk of injury, and increase your energy and vitality.

However, for those looking to lose belly fat one of the most noteworthy side effects of yoga is how it can balance your metabolism. As we mentioned before, your metabolism is one of the key factors in how much fat your body will retain and yoga can get you on the right side of a healthy metabolism.

I incorporated yoga into my everyday life, every Saturday and Sunday are my relaxation days. Being said, in the morning I do yoga for about thirty to sixty minutes, and I feel great afterward. This has allowed me to have a philosophical perspective and not have to stress as much, at the same time it is burning calories.

Here are some great yoga poses that you must try.

It would be impossible to outline the techniques and routines of yoga in this one section. Yoga could be the focus of its own or series of articles. However, if you are looking to find out more about Yoga, click here.

More people need to start doing yoga, as it is something that is often underrated by many. Now you know the importance of yoga and how great it is for the body overall, make sure to sign up for a local yoga class next time you see that poster.

Wrap it up.

With summer officially approaching the time has come for you to start to eliminate all that unwanted belly fat. Whether you are looking to become more comfortable in your skin or making striking impressions on members of the opposing, or same, sex take advantage of these exercises you have access to. 

Whether you are looking to become more comfortable in your skin or making striking impressions on members of the opposing, or same, sex take advantage of these exercises you have access to. 

Now go out there start incorporating these exercises into your lives. Also, I don’t want to hear any excuses anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

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  1. Thank you for this very informative article, and for giving 10 choices for belly fat exercise!
    I used to do something called the 5/25: it was 2 minutes of walking, followed by 2 minutes of jogging followed by 1 minute of running and then the cycle repeats. You do this 5 times and that equals 25 minutes of exercise, hence 5/25. It goes by fast especially if you use an HIIT timer app on your phone, which will then count down your time and tell you when to switch. It certainly made that exercise palatable!

    • Glad you enjoyed, Irma. Also, thanks for sharing that experience, I wasn’t aware of the workout.

  2. Hi Deep,

    This is a really in depth article. Thanks for compiling all of these ideas in one spot. Just curious, I had read previously that exercising a certain way doesn’t ‘target’ belly fat specifically, but instead your body kind of just decides where it’ll burn the fat from. Given your wide variety of exercises listed it looks like you agree with this. That being said, which are the best exercises to build muscles underneath the belly fat so when the fat goes away you have a great looking set of abs?

    • Hi Craig, personally I would recommend focusing on losing the belly fat first, because if instead, you concentrate on growing your ab muscles you will grow your ab muscles, but the fat in front will make you bloat more because of the muscle you are gaining. Also, by losing the belly fat first, the fat won’t get in your way when you are trying to get a six pack. Hope this helps clarify your answer if you have any more questions feel free to let me know.

      • Thanks for your response. But doesn’t gaining any muscle in general help you burn fat in general? I’ve always heard more muscle = more calories burned even if you’re sitting at rest. Doesn’t this mean that you should include weight training with your cardio?

        • Yes, Craig, the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn. This will increase your metabolism rate and make burning fat easier.

          The method you are referring to when stating you burn fat even while resting is called the afterburn effect, which allows you to continue burning calories after your workout is over.

          That being said, even though someone with a lot of muscle burns more calories than those without much muscle it is important to do exercises that will help you burn fat, you can’t expect to keep your muscle and keep burning fat while sitting on the couch.

          And yes you should incorporate a balance of both cardio exercises and weight training exercises, I will be writing a post on the best weight training exercises in the future.

          Hope this helps to answer your questions, if you are still confused do not hesitate to contact me again, I am always happy to help.

  3. A great read! Thank you… I have been doing crunches wrong by placing my hands behind my head, I will switch it up and place them on my chest next time! Love the challenges and ways to get up off the couch! I look forward to reading more of your articles…

  4. Fascinating post. I had no idea that posture was so important. I really learned a lot thanks.

  5. I probably shouldn’t be reading this while I’m starving, should I? lol. Great post, man. I almost had to take a break. It’s so thorough. I’ve been fortunate to have an ultra fast metabolism, but I need to get on these techniques you’re showing so I can be proactive because a fast metabolism doesn’t last forever 🙂

    Great post!

    • So true, Eric. And it is a lot easier to keep the fat off than it is to lose that stubborn belly fat when it has taken hold! An ounce of prevention, they say. Thanks for a very informative article

  6. Great post! its quite suprising that yoga will actually help you lose fat, not only that but it helps you relax and stay more present. Swimmings great for losing fat because its actually fun to do! Great tips, best get back to doing the dreaded burpees in the gym

  7. Great post with a lot of great content!
    The posture was a great addition, because that will lead to pain and muscular imbalances. Once those are developed, its so hard to burn any fat due to muscle restrictions. Also, the yoga is probably my favorite add to this post. Yoga is so great for building a foundation for our bodies with proper alignment.

  8. What a great post, so many good suggestions for getting rid of belly fat! I love the yoga and swimming ideas…some of the other suggestions (like running – I’ll run if I’m chased, that’s about it!) make the belly fat issue not so bad in comparison hehehe. Also I think it’s great that you mention posture. I think this goes hand in hand with core strength. Do you think there’s any method of exercise that works quicker than any other for losing belly fat?

    • No one exercise will burn off fat super quick, all of these exercises burn fat some faster than others. You also have to keep in mind that sleep and eating are two-thirds of having the healthy body you want. Hope this helps Angela.

  9. Thanks so much for such a detailed guide! Lots of great stuff. I’ve always seemed to be interested in the yoga, but have never actually taken the time to attempt it. Maybe after reading all of these different ideas, I’ll give it a whirl! Thanks again :o).

  10. Hi Deep,
    This is a great article.
    Great advice, I’m in my forties now and have put on a few inches around my waist as my metabolism has slowed.
    I do workouts similar to what you describe here and they work.
    Nice piece.

    • I am pleased that you have tried the exercises, and they work for you, 😄😄😄.

  11. Lots of information to process. I’m a fan of the P90X and it’s an excellent exercise routine. But what I need is a quick routine that I can do in my apartment. Which one would you recommend?

    • I would definitely recommend you try out high-intensity workouts, I personally use this app SWORKKIT. It is really helpful and gives you a catalog of great workouts, and much more. Hope this helps, Jairo, feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

  12. I have always thought that having belly fat looks okay for those who are overweight, but it looks very odd on a skinny guy. I am that skinny guy.

    As I get older, it’s easier for belly fat to appear. I have started to join the gym again and doing some running on the treadmill. Anyway, your post gave me more options on what I need to do to cut down on that belly fat, and stop being that odd looking skinny guy. 🙂

  13. Thank you for sharing so many options for losing belly fat. I myself have found that changing up my exercise routine creates “muscle confusion” and gives me better results than if I just go to the gym and get on the same machine day after day. This article gives me some new ideas. I love the burpees and mountain climbers…I will incorporate them into my next workout!

  14. Excellent post, very informative. I got some scary flashbacks from my rugby days when I saw the burpees and mountain climbs. excellent exercises but brutal, they will get you blowing. your post kept me engaged and interested. Great work keep it up.

  15. As a former powerlifter(Well, i still consider myself as a lifter, i just started focusing on martial arts like Muay thai), nothing compares to HIIT(High intense interval training) like this. It’s one thing to perform a deadlift/squat 5 reps,5 sets, but cardio-exercises like these really work your overall fitness and mental endurance.
    Of course heavy lifting with high intensity can be hell, but for me personally, this is way harder in many ways! haha! Probably cause i rarely do them(i should, i know).
    Burpes are one of my nightmare realized, but it’s a really effective exercise.

    Enjoyed the article overall. Loved that you provided examples, how to, videos and pictures of demonstration.

    Keep them coming!


  16. Yo those high intensity workouts look soo intense. I usually do high intensity interval training but i can see how those workouts from the video can be some of the best exercises for losing belly fat. I’ll try them out for sure, I just gotta find a long flat stretch of land where I can do it at.

    • Sounds good Juan, and do try it out the high-intensity exercises helped me out greatly.

  17. Great post for people of all ages and abilities. I definitely think individual metabolism plays a huge factor in belly fat but many things can be done to change these factors. I personally love to just get out and move. My go to is simply riding a bike. Its the perfect low impact exercise that makes it seem like your not working out at all. I recommend anyone wanting to shed some extra pounds to hop on a bike!

  18. Thank you for such an informative article! Another way to lose belly fat (and your lunch the very first time) SAND Training.Never in my life have I had such a hard workout! but wow what a rush when youre done!

    • Glad to see you enjoyed and thanks for sharing that Laurie, will have to do more research on SAND training.

  19. Deep – I really enjoyed this information. I used to stay toned-up but haven’t been exercising for about 5 years now and I can tell the difference. I have recently starting counting calories again and cutting back, but haven’t started exercising yet. How would you suggest I get started again?

    • Great question Bret. A lot of us stop exercising over time, most due to lack of time, but it is ok. I would suggest you start off close and then work yourself up back to the pace you were once at, then push yourself even further to reach a new level. So don’t just jump back into really intense workouts as this will not help, you have to slowly work your way back into it, especially after a long break of five years. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions feel free to let me know.

  20. Nicely organized I loved how you talked about the outdoor activities for a healthy fitness program I am an outdoor guy who enjoys the nature and bike riding and swimming my favorite hobbies where you elaborated great on them. All in all great job.

  21. Some great workout ideas here! I like to hike and jump rope to burn off belly fat. I also do yoga like you mentioned a few times a week. I’ve noticed that what contributes most to belly fat for me is sugary foods so I stay away from those (as much as possible!).

    • That is great to hear Katie, as everyone should be staying away from sugary and junk foods.

  22. Nice Post. the exercises you recommend seem to be very challenging for a senior citizen. I suppose I could do just what I can do. But the diet and posture recommendations sounds good.

    • Yes, Maurice, some of these exercises can be challenging for senior citizens, but that does not mean they are not possible. In fact, I know many elders that exercise regularly, by going for a simple jog, going for a walk, even some that go biking.

  23. Losing belly fat is pretty tough. I guess it will take some mental toughness to battle it. I do believe that you have to put the effort in the battle against it because you have to become mentally tough to go vigorously with your exercise routines. And change a lot of habits if you want to get it down.

  24. What a great article. I found myself immediately sitting straighter in my chair as I read the posture piece. You made so much sense and actually made it easy to understand and want to make the changes for the belly fat! Thank you and thanks for a lovely read. Your tagline is awesome!

  25. Very informative post. I know all too well about losing belly fat, as I have done so a couple of times in my life. The reasons I gained it back had a lot to do with stress with family issues in my life which lead to eating poorly and becoming lazy in my outdoor activities.

    But the funny thing is that even if a person is having stress, a simple 20-30 minute walk will not just help you to lose weight but it relieves stress too. Now I watch what I eat and I read the labels of the food I buy. Seeing how I like to cook, I rarely eat out, which helps me to not eat fattening foods.

    Thanks for sharing this information. The activities and exercises you have outlined above was quite informing. Basically eat right, have good posture, and get moving with some exercise and outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, running and walking.

    • Happy to see you found the post to be helpful Robert. I too suffered from a similar situation as you several years ago but have learned to move past it. It was a tough period in my life, but I realized that I couldn’t stay dwelling about the past, as there is nothing I can do to prevent it from ever occurring. Anyways, I am glad you were also able to move on, keep up the hard work because it does pay off.

  26. Geez, burpees and mountain climbers sound like not much fun at all! What you say is right though, doing uncomfortable things is the best way to get results. I prefer accidental exercise like walking or biking to get from A to B, but I wonder if not focusing on the exercise is beneficial or a bad thing. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Hi, Shirley, I think that not focusing on the exercise by having fun playing sports or being active is fine for beginners. However, if you want to be in top shape you have to focus on your exercises and have fun at the same time, this has allowed me to achieve the body that I want. Hope this helps.

  27. Jumping jacks and mountain climbers are my go to for a quick workout. Never tried the pyramid scheme though so i’ll be giving that a shot. I hate running but I know how good it is. I’ve been trying to convince myself to start doing sprints for a while now. This article just brought it back to the forefront of my mind so maybe i’ll get started now.

    • Do give the jumping jacks a try Michelle they are a great exercise, I am glad you enjoyed the article, and it reminded you of how great running can be for our bodies.

  28. Reading this got me motivated…again. 🙂 Lots of great information. I’ve done planks before and they are not easy but like you mentioned once you’ve practiced the art of planking it gets easier. I know what I’ll be doing once I get home. Work it, work it, work it.

  29. I think one of the biggest issues that get in people’s way of losing belly fat is the stress factor, which you mention early on in the article.

    Personally, I find these tips useful. When I stress, I can have fruit or cut melon in front of me that I can eat. I also take lots of tea, which may make you need to take bathroom breaks more often but is much healthier than snacks. Finally, just taking a breath of fresh air or exercising or listening to music.

    • Yes, stress is a huge issue for those wanting to lose belly fat and thanks for sharing your approach always nice to hear from others.

  30. Great ideas, I like all of the ideas. For me, though it is just overcoming that mental block that says running is great is hard.

    • Glad you enjoyed Jeffrey, and yes having motivation is crucial. However finding motivation is not impossible, having the right mindset will allow you to get rid of your mental block and motivate you to lose belly fat. Hope that helps if you have more questions feel free to let me know.

  31. You have very good information for all of us ‘slackers’ to relearn how to be physically fit again. I have recently started doing my leg scissors, crunches and reverse crunches every morning before breakfast. I have to say yes, it is working. I am losing my belly fat, slowly but surely. I have been looking for the right way to do a Burpee and I thank you very much for including details on how to do the exercise properly. I like the information you presented and I’ll be back.

    • Happy to hear about your success and the fact that you enjoyed my article. Thanks, Kenneth.

  32. Wow thanks for sharing. This post shows such in-depth all great exercises to lose belly fat. I agree with having a great posture is important. It’s not only important for your loosing health progress but also help you improve your health. Also, when you’re doing exercises, you also want to have a great posture don’t you think?

    • Yes, Kien having good posture when performing exercises is important as well, or you could end of have harmful impacts on your body.

  33. Thanks for the tips, but mountain climbers and burpees? NOOO! Well, if they will help, I’ll add it back to my repertoire! You’re killing me man, but thanks again.

    • lol, Bing, hard work is required, but don’t stress over it, the exercises become easier as time goes by.

  34. This is really informative – I know some of these earlier to reduce belly fat like 🏊 swimming, yoga and excercise. But I knew excercise in general but not the types for reducing belly fat. This article has given me an idea on what to work on at home 🏡. As I’ve been going to gym for months to reduce my belly, but here it gives some info where many are possible at home. Thanks for this brilliant article – I loved it. 🍻 cheers.

  35. Arrgghh.. No. No.. No…
    I have to do it, haven’t I? Those 10 best exercises for losing belly fat are definitely what I have been looking for.
    I noticed that I have done some of the exercises wrong.
    Especially the sit ups.

    I am now trying to do over a minute plank. Man. It isn’t easy, is it?

    I will keep coming back here for exercise references! Thank you.

  36. The yoga tip is especially interesting to me because you already hear about exercising like jogging and doing workouts to get rid of any kind of body fat or just to better one’s health in general. Lots of people forget that health is more than being in shape and being strong. It’s also about agility and inner peace and yoga has potential to give both of those benefits. Also, I had no idea yoga could be used to reduce belly fat specifically. Interesting.

  37. Hi Deep,
    Lots of valuable information. Overeating can cause one to gain belly fat. Some individuals gain weight without eating a lot and sometimes the weight gain is in the belly.
    You have given a lot of important tips. It is good that you have given 10 exercises that can be used to decrease Belly Fat. These are powerful exercises that can help whoever is serious about losing weight.
    Thanks for the post.

  38. HI Deep,
    thank you for the article, I found it very useful. It complement how my fitness trainer train me. And yes it’s true that this belly fat is the hardest part. I will try some of your advice. Thank you for sharing.
    And hope to lose my belly fat soon lol

  39. Great informative article. Posture has been and is an issue with me. I had no idea that my posture effected my weight gain, especially in my belly. The techniques you have here is something I will definitely be doing to help correct this for me.
    Thanks so much.

  40. Thanks for these info! Burpees are definitely exhausting at first but it definitely will work out your entire body. Plank is another one, it may seem simple but holding up yourself for sometime is definitely working up your core, big time 🙂 Another is jump rope and going into the trampoline. These are very helpful indeed! Thank you! 🙂

  41. Comprehensive post, Deep. It’s got me thinking that I should be doing more. I think it’s all about routine. There was a time when I was doing a simple HIIT workout and a short run every morning but once I missed a day it was doubly hard to get back in to it. At the moment I walk daily and cycle but I really could be doing more.

    I’ve always wondered, how do planks work? I can see how they could be good for the arms but strengthening the core? Would you be able to shed some light on that?

    • Hey Robert, yes I feel what you mean being healthy and fit can be challenging, especially when we could be relaxing on the couch watching tv instead. However, we have to learn to slowly push ourselves every day, and I am glad to see you have started to be active again. As for your question on planks, planks are a great exercise to do for improving posture, mood, flexibility, and even reducing back pain. One top of all those great benefits planks also help strengthen your core muscles. Hope you find this to be helpful, if you have more questions don’t hesitate to let me know.

  42. Awesome content! These exercises are very helpful and, most importantly, doable for anyone that wants to lose belly fat. I definitely agree with the posture one, for this is extremely important for overall fitness.

  43. Thanks for the very informative post! I do my best to stay fit and active but I have noticed my belly to fluctuate based on my diet, or stress levels. I appreciate you making me aware of various ways to keep my body in tip-top shape and as fat-free as possible!

  44. I used to do a lot of running when I was younger in order to stay in shape, but it wasn’t quite enough for me to lose all of the weight that I wanted.

    So I switched over to doing some high intensity interval training. It incorporates both mountain climbers and burpees and man does it hurt afterwards!

    But I’ve been meaning to add some stretching type exercises like Yoga into my weekly routines so that I can maintain some good flexibility. I didn’t know that it can balance your metabolism though. That’s pretty awesome! I bet it helps to reduce stress too.

    • Keep at them mountain climbers and burpees Nick, they do hurt but are worth the pain. As for yoga, it is a must try and I am glad now you know why yoga is so important, also, yes yoga does help reduce stress.

  45. Your post is very informative and filled with tons of great information. I really enjoyed all the amazing exercises you provided to lose belly fat. I can’t wait to give these exercises a try, thanks.

  46. In the last 30 days, I’ve averaged about 8,000 steps per day. It DOES make a difference. Haven’t seen anyone talking about good old fashioned calisthenics ….burpees and crunchies. Reminds me of football practice. Active little kids seldom have fat issues. We just need to do what they do!

    • I am very happy to hear you have been averaging about 8,000 steps every day, that is great news definitely keep it up. I too played football and wrestling, and to know surprise to me my coaches loved making my teammates and me do burpees, crunches, and mountain climbers. Also, I agree with you being active as a kid plays a huge role in staying healthy and fit when growing up.

  47. Lots of information to read. I have a back injury that prevents me from working my abs, which exercise do you recommend not to weaken my back? I like your site.

    • Hi Jairo, glad you enjoyed the post and the site, thank you for those kind words. As for your back problem, I would recommend you try planks. They will actually help you reduce low-back pain. Also, if you can manage to, running, biking and even yoga are all great exercises to try out, but I do advise you to take your time and especially don’t rush, as this might worsen your back injury. Let me know your experiences, and any more questions you might have in the future. Always happy to help.

  48. I love your posts! Yes, belly fat is a nightmare. I would say it is very true for new moms. I am being one of them had such a hard time to loose my baby belly. I was eating right (well, you have to eat healthy anyways as you are producing also milk for your baby), was doing yoga and exercises, but nothing was working. I cannot blame my genes as I do have good metabolism. Now after your post I know that yes, it was harder for me to shape back into my pre pregnancy body because of the hormones (first, pregnancy ones and then breastfeeding ones). Knowing that it gives me more power to keep going with the healthy lifestyle I have and knowing that slowly I am moving to have my 6-pack back :)))

    • I am very pleased to see you found the post to be helpful Anna, and I believe in you, you will reach the healthy body you once had.

  49. There is so much good information here. I’ve never seen someone discuss posture in relation to losing fat before, but it is actually something I’ve been trying to work on so thanks for the tips.

  50. I love all of the 10 exercises you have written about. Well, maybe not love, but I do them, all of them most days of the week. One thing I’m incorporating now is your recommendation for the spring to run and back again. At 53 I have to work hard, but it’s really not bad like you state. I don’t mind it though because feeling good and my clothes feeling good on my body is worth it to me! Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Hey Linda, yes the sprint to jog or jog to sprint method is very effective my trainer taught it to me several years ago, and I have been using it ever since. I really admire how you are making an outstanding effort to be healthy and fit at the age you are as not many people don’t have the motivation to do so. That being said, keep up the great work!

  51. Wow, I learned a lot from your article, especially about metabolism.

    My husband is a toothpick while I fight with the weight gain. Since my fall almost a year ago, I have to be very careful what kind of exercise I do.

    I find that walking my dogs on a regular basis has helped a lot.

    I’m also on an exercise program given to me by my physical therapist that is low impact due to my lower back problems as well as gout. They have suggested an exercise ball.

    Are you familiar with this type of exercise and if so what would you suggest that is low impact? Thanks again for such thorough information.

    • Hey Deborah, glad you found the post to be helpful. Answering your question, yes I personally myself would also recommend using an exercise ball while you exercise as this will help provide you with more support on your back since you are dealing with lower back problems. Some exercises you can try with your stability ball are squats (by placing the ball on a wall and doing squats), glute bridges, crunches (by putting your back on the ball). These are just some of many exercises that could help you out. Hope this helps to answer your question, if you have any other questions let me know, always happy to help.

  52. Thank you for this informative article. Lots of great information here including the reasons why people may be overweight and ways involving exercises too on how to burn belly fat. Thanks for the tips!

  53. Great post! I especially liked the videos, really helpful! You motivated me to start Yoga tomorrow. Thank you so much!

  54. Great information you have here! As someone in need of losing some pounds, I found it very informative.

    I had to laugh at the headline, “Please, Not Burpees”. I hate them… I can’t do them. Not because I don’t want to, but because I physically cannot do them.

    Because of arthritis in my lower back, hips, knees, and even ankles, I have a mobility issue, and I’ve recently had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which just adds to the problem. I’m curious, have you come across any exercises that could benefit someone like me?

    I appreciate all your information here, and I will try to do some of the exercises you’ve suggested but might have to work a bit slower than most. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Susie, pleased to see you found the information to be helpful and informative. Sorry to hear about your situation, but I think I can help by providing some exercises that you can do, even with your mobility issue. First of all, find a chair, it will become your favorite equipment when doing exercises. Using the chair, you can do, sit to stand method which is self-explanatory, you can turn this into a great workout by doing 10 reps of 3 to 5 sets if not, even more, depending on your capability. Another exercise you can try is the triceps dip, will help out the arms most definitely. Also, you can adapt regular blood flowing exercises while you sit in the chair such as arm raises, leg lifts, and more. Hope you find this information to be helpful if you have more questions let me know. 😊😊😊.

  55. Thanks for the great list of exercises. I’ve never heard that referred to as a “burpee” before! Kinda like the aerobic version of a Sun Salutation, in yoga. Anyway, this is a good reminder that we do have SOME control over our belly fat, and even though it’s tenacious, there’s no shortage of stuff to try to fix it. Thanks!

  56. Excellent post. Too many people think Belly fat can only be removed by doing crunches and sit ups! As you say the only way is through general exercise and good diet. (six packs are made in the kitchen as they say)

    Its amazing how the old belly fat creeps up on us as we age!

    • Glad you enjoyed the post, Steve. Yea it is unfortunate that most people gain more belly fat as they get older but it doesn’t have to be that way.

  57. Great article. I totally agree with you. All of these are great exercises for you. I really appreciate the part regarding the posture and hormonal changes. I was eating right and exercising but still gaining belly fat due to those two things! Talk about frustrating but I just didn’t know.

    • Glad you enjoyed the article Anglea and pleased to see you were able to learn something new.

  58. Wow, this post is happenin’! I might have lost a little belly fat just scrolling down to the comment form. 😉 Seriously, though this was a good read. A couple of things that stuck with me were the posture and the stress. I feel that stress can easily impact our posture. Then I saw you mention cortisol too which is released in response to stress and can lead to weight gain also. It’s easy to put on but hard to take off.

    • Couldn’t agree more Neil, belly fat or any fat, in general, can be easily gained without us realizing the struggle that comes with losing it. That’s why we must aim to not gain fat.

  59. This is a very detailed article. I personally want to gain weight and tone. The information on different weight factors and easy exercises as well as activites are very relatable and those are activities i can do anywhere really! Thanks for the wonderful answers I’ve been searching for!:)

  60. Great article and very well researched. Some great tips too. I prefer to walk, I try and do more than 10,000 steps per day. I also try to look at my posture when sitting as I sit for long periods of time and I notice from time to time I slouch. Thanks for the reminders.

  61. Great article! I’m impressed with the range of information you’ve given here.
    Over the last year, I’ve started doing yoga, then power yoga. So I’ve been faced with mountain climbers, jump squats and other body-busters. Holy cow!
    Keep up your great work and long may you be healthy and happy!

  62. I really like the various workouts you have put together for losing belly fat. I particularly work on it from time to time, I am going to incorporate some of these into my routine.

  63. Good post. There are some great ideas in here. I would say that it’s definitely easier to maintain than to lose, so for those who are not already where they want to be, get there and don’t change your habits! Start that healthy, lean lifestyle and make it a way of life so you don’t have to work so hard all at once.

    Thanks for the article!

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