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How to Get Rid of Belly Fat


Updated June 23, 2014

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Lift Weights to Get Rid of Belly Fat
Man and woman lifting weights in front of mirror
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If you want to get rid of belly fat, you might be tempted to resort to ab exercises.  After all, it makes sense that doing an ab exercise might help get rid of the fat there.  As logical as that sounds, it just doesn't work that way, something we've proven over the years as we try to get away from this idea of spot reduction.

So, while you can't expect to get rid of belly fat with ab exercises, lifting weights for the entire body may actually help you lose abdominal fat.  In one study, researchers followed a group of women who lifted weights three times a week for 16 weeks. At the end of that time, the women significantly decreased abdominal fat (along with overall body fat) and increased strength and muscle as well. It's clear that strength training doesn't just contribute to a leaner body, but a leaner midsection as well.

Get Started Now

If you aren't lifting weights now, there's no better time to start. Following a simple total body program 2 to 3 times a week will put you on the right track, and these resources will help you get started.


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