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How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition (+ Fun Workout Video) 💃

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You want to get rid of belly fat, but you don’t have the time for a gym membership.

The thought of having to do hours of cardio to get rid of your belly fat can be daunting and time consuming.

This workout provides a comprehensive approach to burning belly fat. These five easy-to-follow exercises are scientifically proven to help you reduce your waistline faster than ever before. Get ready to have fun, learn the best tips, and finally start revealing the toned abs you’ve been dreaming of!

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How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition: Who this Workout is For

Hey ladies! 👋

If you’re trying to get rid of belly fat and have at least 30 pounds to lose, then this workout is perfect for you.

Although this workout was not made for people that are already very thin or have very little belly fat left, don’t worry!

I’ve gotchu. There are other workouts right here on my site just for my skinny legends too!

I have something for everyone to achieve their fitness goals.

So let’s get started, burn some calories, and have some fun! xo

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How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition: How this Workout Works

It’s important to know that the way a workout is arranged is just as crucial as the individual exercises.

While jumping jacks are great for burning fat, for example, combining them with the right exercises in the right order is the key to seeing results.

As a Personal Trainer, I have assisted you in selecting the appropriate exercises and organizing them in an optimal sequence.

This workout will increase your heart rate, target your largest muscle groups, and make you sweat, all of which indicate to your body to burn fat quickly and continuously.

Your side of the deal is to remain consistent and committed to doing the workout.

You can use the free workouts on my blog or sign up for a free trial to get more efficient guidance in video format.

Ready? Let’s do this!

Exercises in this Workout for Belly Fat

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Exercise 1: skaters with low impact modification

skaters with low impact modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do skaters with low impact modification correctly.

  • To make the exercise low-impact, perform the movement with small jumps and focus on the lateral movement during skaters with low-impact modification
  • If you have knee or ankle issues, you can perform a modified version by stepping instead of jumping
  • Repeat the movement, alternating sides and swinging your arms for an extra burn
  • Avoid leaning too far forward
  • Focus on keeping your core engaged and your hips level

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Exercise 2: low high kicks

low high kicks exercise demo

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Quick tips to do low high kicks correctly.

  • Keep your arms together for balance
  • Alternatively, hold on to a wall or chair
  • Focus your eyes on the kicking leg to help engage the muscles
  • Lock your core into place (suck in your stomach) Start slow and low Your balancing leg should be kept flat on the floor so you always have a stable base
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and avoid holding tension in your neck

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Exercise 3: cross jacks

cross jacks exercise demo

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Quick tips to do cross jacks correctly.

  • start with a slow pace
  • keep your head up
  • keep your core engaged
  • step if you’re not in the mood to jump
  • get a full range of motion with your arms
  • keep your back straight and avoid leaning forward or backward
  • use your stomach muscles to help you keep your balance

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Exercise 4: x taps

x taps exercise demo

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Quick tips to do x taps correctly.

  • Aim to make quick, light movements nothing too heavy or stressful for your feet
  • Try to look straight ahead instead of looking down
  • Mentally make an “X” with your legs and just keep going. Don’t stress about being perfect. Just keep moving. I’m proud and happy you’re here!
  • Keep your core engaged. You might find this exercise surprisingly challenging but keep breathing
  • Hop on the balls of your feet (the front part near your toes) not the heels
  • Start slow; and then build up your pace gradually as you feel comfortable

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Exercise 5: reverse x taps

reverse x taps exercise demo

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Quick tips to do reverse x taps correctly.

  • Always move from back-to-front and side-to-side using the balls of your feet
  • The secret here is to stay light on your feet and create rhythm as best you can
  • Look straight ahead as much as possible during this exercise. It’s okay to look down to make sure your form is good but the majority of the time, look ahead, soldier! You’ve got this!
  • For the best form, keep your core nice and tight and engaged
  • Avoid leaning to overcompensate on your weak side ; stay as balanced in the middle as you can Start with a slower pace and build up the pace once you have a rhythm

3 How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Tips & Advice

Don’t fall for this lie about exercise…

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

However, you have to really make sure you’re doing the right program for you.

You don’t have to go to the gym to get your exercise.

It is easier, faster, and highly effective to workout at home.

Especially if you’re doing Koboko Fitness workouts.

Maybe go for a walk in the morning or during breaks during the day.

Make sure that you’re really listening to your body when you exercise.

There is no point in reaching an extreme level of intensity one day, then being wiped out for 3 months.

Some people think that if you’re not dying, you’re not working hard enough.

Those people are ex-professional athletes and gym rats.

They are not regular everyday people like you and me.

You want to push yourself but know your personal limit – and stick to it!

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.

Work out an eating routine

Some people do well eating the same meal on repeat for a month.

Others do well switching it up every meal.

Some people do well eating in front of the TV (I can hear the collective GASP!

haha).

Other people need peace and quiet.

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to burn excess fat, when you work out a routine that works for YOU.

You are not “average”.

Not a double blind study science experiment.

You are a unique individual with unique needs.

So embrace that.

Experiment and do what works for YOU.

If something is not working – say you eat rice and beans 3 days in a row and you find it gross.

Well, now you know.

Don’t do that again.

Try something else.

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.

What are some common mistakes people make when trying to lose belly fat through cardio exercises?

When it comes to losing belly fat through cardio exercises, there are a few common mistakes that are easy to avoid. People that make these mistakes end up slowing down their progress so they’re really good to be aware of. Here are a few examples of mistakes to avoid:

1. Relying solely on cardio:

While cardio exercises can be effective for burning calories and melting away fat, they should not be the only type of exercise in your routine. Resistance exercises which target your core muscles are also important. You also want to be doing multi-purpose exercises like planks.

2. Overdoing it:

Some people make the mistake of thinking that the more cardio they do, the more fat they will lose. The thing is, too much cardio can actually backfire and cause burnout, rapid adaptation, and injuries. It’s important to find a balance between cardio and resistance exercises that allows you to make steady progress without wasted effort.

3. Relying on steady-state cardio:

Steady-state cardio like cycling at a consistent pace, can be effective for burning calories, but it is best to also have other forms of cardio in your routine. For example, i regularly include tabata cardio workouts in my program for this reason. It combines short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest – similar to HIIT but less awful, more fun, and highly effective.

4. Nutrition Debt:

Nutrition debt is the mindset of “i’ll eat this now and burn it off later”. I don’t know if you’ve tried this before but it’s very hard to burn off anything we eat. It’s honestly easier and best to eat nutritious foods from the start. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet that is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats can support your weight loss efforts and help you to shed belly fat more quickly.

5. Focusing only on abs:

Core exercises like planks and crunches are PHENOMENAL for sculting and toning the abs. But they cannot – by themselves – remove belly fat. These exercises must be combined with cardio and resisance training to really see some fantastic results.

To sum up, cardio exercises can be an effective way to lose belly fat, but try to avoid these mistakes if you can.

It’s okay to be imperfect at this. Afterall, to err is human. Do your best to incorporate resistance training, variety, and healthy eating – and you’ll be on your way!

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.

Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make in order to optimize my results?

Yes, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to get better results when losing belly fat.

You already know about diet and exercise – so I won’t bore you. But did you know about these other changes?

1. Chill out. Listen, this one is HILARIOUS for me to say. I am literally the most non-chill person I know. But alas – stressing out about every little thing makes your body pump out cortisol.

Cortisol tells your body that you are clearly in danger and fat needs to be stored around your belly to keep you safe.

So, if you’re a little stress ball, you better start doing some woosah when people cut you off in traffic.

I personally find breathwork to be helpful. Scented candles and a warm shower also do the trick. Forget all these people talking about cold plunges. I need my mirrors MISTY when i shower 😂

2. Sleep. Yes, it’s true. Not sleeping = pump cortisol = belly pooch. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night so even if something happens to disrupt your plan, you will at least get 7 hours (if not the full 8).

3. Drink waterrrr: it will help flush out toxins, reduce fluid retention, and make your belly appear flatter. Yes, it will also have you running to the bathroom every 5 minutes and run up your toilet paper bill. But it is a small price to pay.

Pee up, ladies!

The standard recommendation is to aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. However, i’ve noticed some of us are more thirsty than others (no pun intended).

Pay attention to your personal thirst level and hydrate accordingly.

Are there any specific diet plans that complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction?

Yes, there are specific diet plans that can complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction. In fact, diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to losing belly fat. The right combination of both is essential for achieving optimal results.

To reduce belly fat, it is important to focus on a diet that has fewer calories than you burn in the day, enough protein, and rich in fiber.

Some people do very well on a low carb, high fat, high protein diet. If you choose this route, make sure you still incorporate lots of fresh organic vegetables into your diet to get all the micronutrients your body needs to function properly.

Another diet that is effective in complementing cardio exercises for belly fat reduction is the Mediterranean Diet: This diet is rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. It includes foods like fish, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. This diet plan is associated with reduced belly fat, as well as improved heart health.

Please note that I am using the word “diet” very loosely here. I personally (and professionally) do not believe in or support dieting. I support a health-first approach and most diets do a lot of harm to the female body.

If you think your metabolism is compromised, please talk to a doctor.

In summary, any diet that has fewer calories than you burn in a day, plus sufficient protein and fiber is useful for belly fat reduction.

Specific examples of such diets that can complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction, are the Mediterranean Diet, and the low carb diet. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered Dietician to come up with a plan that is right for you.

Workout Options (How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition)

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 5 minutes long. You’ll be done before you know it!

Workout Video: 5 Min HIIT Workout For Women – Burn Fat without Doing the Most

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.

How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition: Workout Outline

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  • How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition-skaters with low impact modification exercise
  • How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition-low high kicks exercise
  • How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition-cross jacks exercise
  • How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition-x taps exercise
  • How to Lose Belly Fat: Exercise Edition-reverse x taps 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. skaters with low impact modification
  2. low high kicks
  3. cross jacks
  4. x taps
  5. reverse x taps

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. reverse x taps
  2. x taps
  3. cross jacks
  4. low high kicks
  5. skaters with low impact modification

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your how to lose belly fat: exercise edition 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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