It can feel like “having abs” should be listed in the dictionary as a synonym for “impossible.” It’s notoriously hard to lose fat around your midsection. There are several reasons belly fat can be so tough to lose, including too much cortisol (the stress hormone), not getting enough sleep, and a poor diet, Julie Diamond, Burn60 Master Trainer, explained. On top of that, you can’t spot-train belly fat (or any fat) away. “You can do all the crunches and planks you want, but without cardio, strength training, and a clean diet (think 80/20 rule), that belly fat is going to be stubborn,” she added.
But we do have good news: while shedding weight around your midsection is tough to do, it is not impossible. We enlisted the help of Diamond, Dede Lagree, owner of Lagree Fitness Studio, and Joe Ferraro, CPT and founder of Rumble Boxing (a boxing studio that’s beloved by celebs), to share their favorite exercises you can do at home to help trim your midsection.
Getting rid of belly fat takes work and commitment, but you’re definitely not in this quest for a stronger core alone. “Everyone wants to work on their core! It’s always the first thing that I hear from both my celebrity clients and students at Lagree Fitness Studio,” Lagree, who has worked with celebs like Rihanna, Bella Thorne, and Viola Davis, said.
Here are five at-home exercises that will help you burn belly fat.