You Have to Lose Overall Body Fat to Lose Belly Fat
Many women want to spot reduce fat from their belly specifically, but exercise physiologist and NASM-certified personal trainer, Krissi Williford told POPSUGAR, that spot reduction isn't possible. You can't do a hundred crunches every day and expect your six-pack to show. "Your best bet is to burn fat all over your body," she said. "The leaner you get, the less fat you will have on your abdominal area."
Krissi recommended that the best way to lose belly fat is to "follow a program for overall fat burning, which includes a diet of whole foods with a total calorie intake that is in a deficit for you, and muscle-building exercise (or resistance-based exercise)."
With a combination of healthy eating and exercise, both registered dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, author of The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook and ACE-certfied trainer and weight-loss health coach Rachel MacPherson agree that you need to lose weight slowly in order to be successful at maintaining it. Aim for one to two pounds lost each week.
Keep reading to learn how to eat and exercise to reduce your overall body fat percentage, which will help you lose belly fat.