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8 exercises anyone can do at home to get rid of the belly pouch

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Muffin top. Belly pooch. Love handles. There are plenty of ways to describe extra belly fat, most of them with less-than-desireable nicknames.

Whether you’ve struggled to lose belly fat after having kids, have recently hit menopause, or life (and cupcakes) have simply gotten in the way, most of us have dealt with carrying extra weight around our middle before.

However, if you want to get rid of lower belly fat for good, it’s not enough to try a few sit-ups and call it a day.

The hard truth is: you can’t spot reduce belly fat. If you want to lose fat, you have to lose it all over.

Getting rid of belly fat and sculpting the muscles underneath requires both changing your diet and ramping up your workouts. This article covers 9 helpful lifestyle and exercise tips to get rid of lower belly fat:

  1. Get 150 minutes of cardio per week
  2. Do HIIT 1-2 times per week
  3. Do ab-toning workouts
  4. Create a calorie deficit
  5. Increase protein and fiber intake
  6. Limit simple sugars and refined carbs
  7. Drink more water
  8. Minimize stress levels
  9. Get 7-9 hours of sleep

And don’t forget to check out our intense 15-minute flat ab workout filled with moves to help you define the most important (and overlooked) muscles in your core!

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