These Easy At-Home Workouts Totally Torch Belly Fat

Belly fat plagues even the most athletic and fit people. While you can’t target a specific area when you workout, there are definitely some targeted exercises you can do to help incinerate your spare tire or gut.

At-home workouts are easier and more effective than ever thanks to the increase of HIIT workouts available online and the advancements we’ve made in exercise over the years. This is how you can torch belly fat at home.

Stop doing sit-ups (or at least cut back)

woman doing crunches

All those crunches you’re doing aren’t really helping — sorry. | iStock.com

It isn’t that classic sit-ups and crunches aren’t effective, but the truth is, you can’t crunch your way to a flat stomach. Abdominal exercises alone won’t banish belly fat. Your best best is to do a combination of cardio, abdominal moves, and weight-bearing exercises.

If you’re stumped on where to start, the following moves are guaranteed to help you blast belly fat for good.

Planks

woman in sportswear doing planks

Try plank variations for an even greater challenge. | iStock.com/g-stockstudio

Planks are, without a doubt, one of the most effective moves you can do. They require no equipment, they use only your own body weight, and they work practically every muscle in your body.

For best results, plank every day, and mix them up: Classic planks, forearm planks, side planks, and plank hip dips are all wonderful.

Pilates

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Pilates is an excellent way to work your core to the max. | iStock.com

A good Pilates workout can be your secret weapon for blasting belly fat since so many moves are designed to tone and tighten the core. You may think you have to go to a class to reap the benefits, but there are plenty of moves you can do at home. Try these five Pilates moves to blast belly fat.

Squats and deadlifts

female athlete doing squat with barbell

Surprisingly, these leg exercises also work your core. | iStock.com/criene

Surprised that squats and deadlifts are effective belly-flatteners? They are. When it comes to squats, the act of all those big and small muscles in your legs contracting, combined with your big and small core muscles working, fires up your abdominal muscles and torches calories to boot.

Deadlifts done at home do require you to own weights, but they are just as effective as squats at engaging your abs. This video will guide you through the motions.

 Burpees

 

fit woman doing push-ups on the floor

Add a push-up at the bottom of the burpee for an even bigger challenge. | iStock.com/undrey

Burpees are not fun, but they will torch your belly fat. They work the upper body and lower body as well as the abs, and they get your heart rate up considerably, which helps you burn calories.

No-equipment cardio workouts

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If you want to burn belly fat, cardio is key. | Halfpoint/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Weight-bearing exercise is necessary to lose weight, but to torch calories and burn fat, you must do your cardio. Incorporate a few quick cardio workouts into your week and you’ll see results. Check out these five cardio moves you can do indoors.

Don’t forget about diet

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Eating your way to a flat stomach is totally possible. | iStock.com/Martinina

Have you ever heard the expression “Abs are made in the kitchen?” Exercise is very important, but you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Eat healthy foods, watch your portion sizes, and drink plenty of water. Your belly will thank you.