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10 Best Ways to Burn Belly Fat (9 Aren’t Situps!)

By Holly / October 12, 2015

Belly fat isn't just unattractive, it's been proven to be the worst fat for your health. Everybody wants to get rid of it, but most of us struggle.

You can start burning more belly fat today with these 10 techniques:

1. Green Tea

Green tea for fat loss

Drinking green tea has been proven to speed up your metabolism. Even two cups of green tea on a daily basis can help you lose weight—and keep it off! This is particularly true if you're using it to replace the sugary drinks you usually indulge in.

2. Reduce Stress

Cortisol, the stress hormone, encourages your body to store a higher percentage of fat and has a particularly strong effect on belly fat. Meditating and yoga are great ways to remove stress. You can also try incorporating more lentils, chickpeas and beans in your diet to lower your cortisol levels.


3. Cut Out Alcohol

Most alcohol contains high amounts of empty calories. It might be more fun to drink than pop but it's also at least as bad for you—some people would argue that it's much worse for you. If you're really determined to lose weight you'll want to start by staying away from alcohol.

4. Don't Skip Meals

If you want to really boos your metabolism so you can lose weight and keep it off you need to eat regularly. Breakfast is particularly important. You should always eat within an hour of when you wake up to avoid your body going into starvation mode, which stores a higher percentage of fat. Instead of your regular eating routine try eating six small meals throughout the day. You'll be far less likely to over eat, especially if you eat slowly.

5. Interval Training

Many experts hail interval training as the ultimate way to get rid of fat. In interval training you alternate between high intensity and low intensity cardio.

Best Tummy Toning Exercises

6. Exercise: Straight Leg Rise

Start by lying flat on your back with your legs straight. Lock your knees and press the small of your back into the ground. Point your toes at the wall and place your hands under your butt with your palms facing down.

Inhale and raise your legs up to the ceiling until they form a right angle with your chest. Hold your breath and keep your abs tight for a couple second. Exhale and lower your legs slowly towards the ground. Repeat this exercise 8-12 times for best effect.


7. Exercise: Hip Lift

Start lying down on your back and raise both your legs until they form a 90 degree angle with your chest. Extend your arms away from you with your palms facing downwards.

Inhale and suck your belly in towards your spine. Slowly curl your hips up towards your torso as you exhale, lifting them a few inches off the ground. Take another deep breath as you lower your hips back to the ground. Repeat this exercise at least 10 times.

8. Exercise: Reverse Crunches

For this exercise you want to start on your back with your knees up at a 90 degree angle and your arms on the ground beside you, palms facing down.

Once you're in position, curl your knees into your chest, pushing your back into the ground. Your butt may also lift into the air but keep your back itself as flat as possible while you pull your knees into your chest. Hold the position while you exhale.

Lower your legs towards the ground as you pull in your next breath. Make sure to lower your legs slowly with as much control as you can muster. Repeat this exercise 10 times for best effect.

9. V-Sits

Sit with your knees bent into your chest and your feet well off the ground. Rest your hands on the ground on either side of your butt, keeping your palms down. Pull your belly button in towards your spine using your core muscles.

Slowly lean your upper body backwards an extend your legs straight out in front of you at the same time. Hold for one short breath and then return to your original sitting position. Repeat this exercise 10-12 times for best effect.

10. Full Plank Twist

Start in the full plank position with your legs straight and your feet together. Slightly bend your elbows and pull one knee towards the opposite elbow. Hold for a short breath and then repeat with the other leg.

Beating belly fat isn't easy but it can be done with a combination of diet and exercise.


About the author


Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!