A Fitness Trainer Shares the 5 Things That Finally Helped Her Lose Belly Fat
Do you feel like you've tried everything but your belly fat won't go away? It's one of the hardest places to lose fat. "Belly fat is often a sign of stress or insulin resistance," Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Real Nutrition, told POPSUGAR. "When you are stressed, your cortisol levels rise, which may lead to storing fat in your middle. Genetics do play a role here as well, so if your parent tends to carry weight in their middle, you might end up doing the same."
Personal trainer and strength coach Susan Niebergall has struggled with losing belly fat, so she understands how hard it is. "The changes our bodies go through as we get older can be frustrating. I know. I have been there too. But we CAN do something about it. Don't think this is it. That it's game over. It's never too late to make changes," Susan wrote in her Instagram caption. "As someone who completely changed my body in my fifties, I am here to tell you it works. It takes putting in the work, but it does work."
Although you can't specifically tell your tummy to slim down on command, Vermont-based registered dietitian nutritionist Maddie Kinzly, MS, LD, told POPSUGAR that you can see reductions in your belly fat and other areas of your body when you lose weight overall. Susan said, "The formula for burning belly fat is the same for fat loss in general." Here are the five things you need to lose belly fat.