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Belly Fat Workout for Foodies (+ Wonderful Video) 👋

Hey there, foodies!

Are you wondering how to shed that stubborn belly fat, all while enjoying delicious dishes?

Well, look no further! I have you covered.

I love good food – just like you – and I believe that staying fit and enjoying life should go hand in hand.

In this post, I’ll guide you through a belly fat workout specifically designed for food lovers like you and I.

So get ready to sweat it out, have fun, and look forward to a nice meal afterwards.

Because let’s be honest – that’s all i’m thinking about when I’m working out.

What’s for lunch!?? 🤣

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Belly Fat Workout for Foodies: How this Workout Works

Did you know that the way a workout is organized is just as important as the individual exercises themselves?

For example, you might know that jumping jacks are good for burning fat.

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But do you know the best exercises to combine with jumping jacks to actually get results?

This is where my input as a Personal Trainer comes in very handy.

I’ve helped you pick the right exercises AND combined them in the right order to get you results.

In this workout, you’re getting exercises that will raise your heart rate, strategically target your biggest muscle groups, and make you sweat.

Together, these stimuli signal to your body to burn fat quickly during your workout and to continue to burn fat after your workout.

Your part in this process is to keep showing up and stay consistent.

You can do that by using the free exercises here on my blog – or you can start a free trial for a more efficient experience (video format, real-time guidance, perfectly organized).

Exercises in this Workout for Belly Fat

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies Exercise 1: half burpees

half burpees exercise demo

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Quick tips to do half burpees correctly.

  • Start with a slower pace to begin with as you do the half burpee
  • Only increase the pace you move your feet back and forth when you feel comfortable
  • Breathing is essential – make sure to keep breathing all through (don’t hold your breath)
  • Always keep your legs hip-width apart to avoid putting too much pressure on any one leg
  • Engage your glute muscles as you stand up
  • Go for just a small hop no big jumping movements are needed for this exercise

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies Exercise 2: straight leg kicks with modification

straight leg kicks with modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do straight leg kicks with modification correctly.

  • Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart at the starting point of the exercise
  • Place your foot flat on the ground with your toes pointed forward (the foot supporting your body when you raise your other leg)
  • Extend your hips until your thighs are parallel to the ground
  • Keep your back straight and your head still
  • Keep your core engaged as you’re doing these straight leg kicks
  • Use your abs to stabilize your torso
  • Don’t rush go at your own steady pace

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies Exercise 3: touch jacks with low impact option

touch jacks with low impact option exercise demo

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Quick tips to do touch jacks with low impact option correctly.

  • Do the low impact option if you prefer
  • Start with moving just your legs once you have that down, add in your arms
  • Use your core to support your body
  • Keep your shoulders down and pulled back
  • Keep your back straight
  • Start with a moderate pace
  • Use a light touch
  • Breathe in and out deeply (or as best you can)

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies Exercise 4: rope reaches with low impact modification

rope reaches with low impact modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do rope reaches with low impact modification correctly.

  • Keep a slight bend in your knee
  • Bring your elbows all the way down past your waist to get a full range of motion with your rope reaches
  • Keep your steps small and short When you “”pop”” your foot out, you want to gently tap the back of your heel on the floor
  • Keep your core tight and engaged throughout the rope reaches
  • Keep your neck and back as straight as you can

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies Exercise 5: knee catches with low impact modification

knee catches with low impact modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do knee catches with low impact modification correctly.

  • Make sure you balance properly on your feet; avoiding standing flat-footed
  • Keep your arms at around waist level
  • Keep your feet shoulder-width apart when doing knee catches
  • Maintain a straight back and keep your eyes facing forward Relax your neck and shoulders as much as possible there is no need to hold any tension in these areas as you move your legs As you lift each knee, be sure to shift your weight to balance your body properly

3 Belly Fat Tips for Foodies

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for good health, and it can also help the body let go of excess belly fat with more ease.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain in the belly area.

Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night to help keep belly fat at healthy levels.

Experiment With Intermittent Fasting

Please note that intermittent fasting is not for everyone.

Furthermore, it might be for you at one point in your fitness journey – but not others.

This is why experimenting is important.

It allows you to find out if this way of eating is right for your unique body.

Intermittent fasting involves alternating periods of eating and fasting, which has been shown to have numerous health benefits for some individuals.

Intermittent fasting helps with weight loss by reducing overall caloric intake.

It can also help reduce inflammation and improve overall health.

Again, remember, it’s important to note that it may not be right for everyone, so it’s best to experiment and see what works for you.

If you hate salads, do this…

I really struggled to eat salads for a long time.

And to be honest, I still don’t eat salads.

I eat vegetables in literally every form – except salads.

There is just something about eating cold leaves that genuinely makes me feel sad haha.

If you’re like me – fear not.

Just eat your vegetables in other forms.

Personally, I enjoy a nice warm bowl of okro soup.

I love sauteed baby bok choy, sauteed baby kale, and sauteed collard greens.

I enjoy all of these vegetables several times a week.

The key is to sautee them on the lowest heat possible to preserve as much of the vitamin c content as you can.

I’m not fancy at all with my sautees either.

I just use some coconut aminos (you can use soy sauce if you prefer), any oil i have on hand (coconut and olive are staples), some onion powder (listen, i am NOT cutting onions Loolll).

Toss together and eat.

I have also been known to throw baby spinach and plant-based milk together in a blender and chugged the whole thing down.

I don’t recommend the blending thing.

Even i realize that’s a bit wild and extreme.

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there a specific time of day that’s best for cardio exercises for losing belly fat?

The best time of day to do cardio exercises for losing belly fat is as follows.

If you’re a morning person, do your workout as soon as possible after you wake up. Your goal is to get your workout done before 11am.

If you’re a night owl, do your workout right before dinner. So for example, if dinner is at 6:30pm, do your workout around 5:30pm

If you are neither a morning person nor a night owl, do your workout around 1:30pm

These are the best times for you to workout because they are based on your biology (chronotype).

If your schedule does not allow you to exercise during the time that is biologically best for you, try to identify things you can deprioritize.

For example, maybe you’re a morning person and book club is at 9am. You might want to consider deprioritizing book club so you can exercise.

Perhaps there is another book club that meets over lunch. That kind of thing.

If there truly is no hope to exercise at your ideal time, then pick a time that is close to your ideal time even if it is not perfect and stick to it.

You will have the most energy, highest motivation, adherence and consistency when you use this approach to exercise timing.

Can doing cardio exercises alone be enough to get rid of stubborn belly fat?

Stubborn belly fat is often associated with visceral fat, which is the fat that surrounds the organs in the abdominal area.

It is considered to be one of the most dangerous types of fat as it can increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and more.

While cardio exercises can help burn calories and reduce overall body fat, they are not specifically targeted towards visceral fat.

So, relying solely on cardio exercises may not be 100% effective in reducing stubborn belly fat.

To achieve significant results, a combination of cardio and strength training exercises, along with a healthy diet, is recommended.

Strength training exercises, such as squats and lunges can help build muscle mass and increase metabolism, leading to a higher rate of calorie burn even at rest. Many studies have shown that a combination of exercise and diet is more effective in reducing visceral fat than exercise alone.

Also, a healthy diet that is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and low in processed and sugary foods, can also aid in reducing belly fat. Consuming fewer calories than the body needs can create a calorie deficit, leading to weight loss and a reduction in belly fat.

To summarize, while cardio exercises are great for burning calories, losing weight, overall fitness and health, they may not be enough to get rid of stubborn belly fat.

A combination of cardio, strength training, and a healthy diet is recommended to achieve significant results in reducing belly fat.

What types of foods should I avoid when trying to lose belly fat?

Avoid everything that has taste and makes you happy and you’ll be good 😐

I’M JOKING! I’M JOKING!!! haha

Yes, some faves will have to go but it’s actually not that bad.

If you’re trying to lose belly fat, avoid these foods:

1. Deep fried, battered fries.

Fries are made out of potatoes – which is a carbohydrate energy source. Oil is fat – which is also an energy source. When you combine them, you’re making an energy + energy combo. Too much energy gets stored as fat. So – an easy way to avoid accumulating belly fat is to let go of deep fried battered potatoes.

Try a baked or boiled potato instead.

2. Orange juice

Oranges are great because the orange provides fiber.

However, when you strip the fiber to create orange juice, it becomes just another sugary beverage.

Skip the juice as much as possible and eat the actual fruit instead.

3. Apple juice (same reason as above). This logic applies to almost all juices. Ive just mentioned these two because they are the most common here in the States.

4. Bagged chips Things like doritos fall into this category.

To lose belly fat, you need highly nutritious foods and a caloric deficit.

I assure you that bagged chips are not highly nutritious.

And they are not designed to help you maintain a caloric deficit. Quite the opposite actually.

5. Alcohollllllll Yes, this is a big one.

Just say no. No to the beer. No to the wine. No to it all.

Alcohol is high in calories, stresses the cow out of your liver, and can slow down the body’s ability to burn fat.

Drink tea instead.

No, for real that’s what i do. I love green tea. Dandelion tea. Hibiscus tea. All of it.

I have a whole tea collection in my bedroom to keep me on the straight and narrow.

How often should I do these cardio exercises to get the best results?

The “official” answer from the CDC and the ACSM is to do 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.

The “unofficial” answer (aka what I tell all my friends) is to follow this schedule. This is ideal for those who have fallen off their routine for 3 months or more (it happens to the best of us).

1️⃣: Exercise for 10 minutes ONCE a week for 2 weeks

2️⃣: Then increase to 10 minute workouts THREE days a week for 3 weeks

3️⃣: Increase to 30 minute workouts three days a week for 3 weeks

4️⃣: Evaluate whether you want to stay on step 3 for a while – or move on step 5

5️⃣: Increaase to 30 minute workouts 5 days a week

This is the build up I also use for myself. Most of the time, I get overambitious. I try to jump straight to step 3.

My life throws cold water in my face. And then i go back to follow the plan like i should have done in the first place 😅

Note: the CDC and ACSM also advise doing 2 days of resistance training a week.

I don’t bother mentioning this because it should already be included in a well designed program (like mine :)).

How much water should I drink each day to aid in belly fat loss?

The standard accepted guideline is to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day for overall health.

It’s a good idea to optimize your health as much as possible – so test out drinking this amount of water.

If it works for you and your body feels great doing it, continue.

If not, adjust till you find the amount of water that feels best to your body.

Don’t be afraid to trust yourself on this.

The standard recommendation may or may not be right for you.

It is just a great starting point to experiment from.

For example, someone living in Arizona (where it is HOT in the summer) might need more water than someone living in Wisconsin or Michigan.

One thing to note though: drinking a ton of water (above and beyond what is reasonable) has not been shown to accelerate fat loss.

I’ve seen people try this and it is – quite frankly – dangerous.

The safe, effective way to reduce belly fat is to eat right, exercise, sleep, and say no to drama (aka reduce stress).

Overall, drinking enough water is important for overall health and can support weight loss efforts, but it is not a substitute for the methods mentioned above.

Workout Options (Belly Fat Workout for Foodies)

There are two workout options for belly fat in this post.

Regardless of the option you choose, please be sure to do a thorough warm up and cool down.

Here’s a good multi-purpose warm up that most people can easily do.

  • 20 sec jumping jacks
  • 20 sec squats
  • 20 sec lunges

Do twice.

For your cool down, I recommend doing your favorite gentle streches for at least 5 minutes.

Belly Fat Workout Video (Option 1):

Do you want to try a follow along belly fat workout?

Simply press play on the video below.

It’s only 20 minutes long. You’ll be done before you know it!

Workout Video: Easy Cardio Workout | Burn 200 Calories 🔥 Weight Loss Cardio HIIT Workout for Women to Get Fit

Belly Fat Workout (Option 2):

Do you want to try a self-paced belly fat workout?

I have you covered.

Follow the workout outline below.

Belly Fat Workout for Foodies: Workout Outline

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  • Belly Fat Workout for Foodies-half burpees exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Foodies-straight leg kicks with modification exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Foodies-touch jacks with low impact option exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Foodies-rope reaches with low impact modification exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Foodies-knee catches with low impact modification exercise
 
Disclaimer: This or any other exercise program may result in injury. Always consult your doctor / physician before beginning this or any other workout or exercise program. By performing any of the exercises in this program or on this site, you agree to the full disclaimer and assume ALL risks of injury from doing so. Koboko Fitness is NOT responsible or liable for any injury or loss you may sustain by participating in this workout or any exercise program. Read the full disclaimer here before you begin.

Workout Instructions (1/2)

Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Take a 10 second break between each exercise.

  1. half burpees
  2. straight leg kicks with modification
  3. touch jacks with low impact option
  4. rope reaches with low impact modification
  5. knee catches with low impact modification

Workout Instructions (2/2)

Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows

  1. knee catches with low impact modification
  2. rope reaches with low impact modification
  3. touch jacks with low impact option
  4. straight leg kicks with modification
  5. half burpees

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your belly fat workout for foodies workout is complete!

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A few things to note:

  • Whenever there are 2 exercises shown side by side, one is a lower impact modification. Always go with the lower impact version if you are a beginner or have not exercised in a long time.
  • If I show an exercise that you do one leg (or arm) at a time, do the leg (or arm) shown for 15 seconds. Then do your other leg (or arm) for the remaining 15 seconds.

It’s easier for me to show you how to do it with just one arm or leg in this post. But if you’re doing my full-length follow along Premium workout videos, I always show both sides of every exercise.

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