If you find that your midsection is your biggest trouble spot, you’re not alone. Many people, especially women, find their bellies are the first place they gain weight and the hardest area to shed fat. Whether you’re looking to flatten your tummy or sculpt abs, blasting away belly fat is no easy task.
Here’s a tough dose of reality: getting a flat belly can’t be done by exercise alone. In fact, as you lose weight, it’s impossible to spot-target fat loss. That means you could do all the crunches in the world and still not reveal a flat stomach if you aren’t actively losing weight. To shed belly fat, you need to lose weight overall by eating in a calorie deficit. If you’re not sure what your daily caloric intake should be, using this formula is a good place to start.
Once you’ve dialed in your nutrition (eating whole, unprocessed foods and minimal sugar is best), then you can focus on what you’re doing at the gym. Getting a flat belly requires a mix of cardio, HIIT workouts, and core exercises. The cardio will rev up your calorie burn, HIIT has been proven to boost fat loss, and core exercises will strengthen your ab muscles.
Here are some of the best exercises and workouts you can incorporate at the gym to flatten your tummy and lose belly fat for good.