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The best type of exercise for burning belly fat probably isn't what you think it is
Belly fat is notorious for being the hardest to shift, and there's a biological reason for that (you can read more on why here). Because the fat that gathers around your abdomen can be so stubborn, many people find themselves fixating their workouts around toning their stomach. But according to an expert, that's the wrong approach.
Bupa UK's Dr Luke James told us that "only doing abdominal-focussed workouts, like crunches, won’t help you banish the bulge. Belly fat is simply where your body stores energy, so you need to take a whole-body approach to tackle it," he explained.
Sothat'swhere we've been going wrong.
According to the doctor, straying from exercises that just work your stomach muscles and focussing on HIIT training (high intensity interval training) instead is a better way to target fat, because it gets your heart rate right up. "Squats, burpees and treadmill sprints are all examples to try," Dr Luke suggested.
Apparently, HIIT can have a positive effect on your hormones, "especially those that are responsible for the process of lowering fat from areas like the belly", which is why it's the ideal exercise for burning fat in that part of the body.
But don't be disheartened if you think all those abdominal crunches have now gone to waste - Dr Luke says they're "great for building endurance" - they just "do little to tackle the bulge". You live and learn.
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