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How to Get Rid of Belly Fat

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Updated April 09, 2014

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Diet and Exercise to Reduce Belly Fat
How to Get Rid of Belly Fat
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Many weight losers fall into two categories - People who diet to lose weight and people who exercise to lose weight.  Both are good ideas, but if you want to specifically target belly fat, you're going to have to do both.

Exercise is, of course, the key to burning more calories throughout the day and revving up your metabolism.  Putting that together with a healthy, low-calorie diet can give you more bang for your buck, helping you target that stubborn ab fat. 

This was the conclusion from one study in which obese participants were split into two groups. One group dieted to lose weight, while the other combined diet and exercise. At the end of the study, the group who both dieted and exercised reduced more belly fat than the other group.

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Change Your Diet

Even small changes to your diet can make a difference when you're trying to lose weight, so don't feel like you have to follow a strict diet or cut out entire food groups. Below are a few resources for simple ways you can cut calories.

Start Exercising

If you're not a fan of exercise, one reason may be because you haven't spent time doing things you enjoy. One sure way to skip exercise is to plan workouts you hate. Start simple and easy with walking, swimming, stretching, yoga or basic strength training. These workout ideas and tips can help:

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