Exercises That Can Help Reduce Belly Fat
"On top of eating well, high-intensity interval training is key," Gallegos said. HIIT has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce belly fat, since spot-reducing is not possible.
He recommends trying a Tabata workout of jumping rope. (For the uninitiated, Tabata is a terrible/great workout where you complete 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight rounds.) For this, he says your core has to be engaged and it works most of your muscle groups. "And the best part is you can do it anywhere," Gallegos said.
And we're sorry to tell you this, but he says to do more burpees. "Everyone hates them," he acknowledged, but they're great for conditioning. "In HIIT, it's the perfect way to keep your heart rate up."
Lastly, Gallegos says to try a couplet (aka two movements back to back) of ab exercises. "Good ole fashioned sit-ups (butterfly style) and Russian twists with weights will blast both your abdominal muscles and obliques in a short period of time," he said.
At the end of the day, though, English wants us to remember to keep things in perspective: "A little softness around the stomach is perfectly normal and determined mainly by genetics — six-packs are not the norm!" she said. "Embrace your beautiful bod for what it is." I'll raise a slice of pizza to that.