3 Ways To Tackle Belly Fat

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 
Hi everyone! So often I get asked how to tackle belly fat - that stubborn area in our midsection that seems to creep in around the age of 50. The good news is that you aren't alone if you have belly fat, as it is a common arrival when menopause begins to kick in, but even better news? You can lose belly fat! In fact, you should strive to tackle belly fat, as a larger waistline is associated with a higher risk of death from cancer and heart disease. Begin to adopt these belly-fat blasting tips into your lifestyle, and you will see and feel a difference in a few months!

-Get some cardio exercise most days of the week. Walking, playing pickleball, riding your bike, or doing an indoor aerobic workout will all help you to maintain an overall healthy weight - and set you up to have the energy and drive to try some belly-blasting targeted workouts, too! Aim for 30 minutes five days a week... stick with it and you will feel great!

-Add targeted moves to really tackle the midsection. In general, belly fat wraps around your organs like the liver and belly, and is called visceral fat (as opposed to subcutaneous fat, which is closer to your skin). To tackle this visceral fat, you need to add some targeted moves to your workouts. You will want to add core moves that both elongate and constrict the abdominal muscles, like ones in my 6-Minute Amazing Abs Pilates Workout and my 10-Minute Belly Blasting Workout. Try these two workouts to get started (and then take it to the next level with my Shape, Strengthen and Sculpt Kit, which has so many targeted exercises for your belly and upper and lower body - all in just 12 minutes a day)!

Amazing Abs Pilates Workout - 6 Minutes

Belly Blasting Workout - 10 Minutes

-Eat foods that help to fuel metabolism.
What you eat as you get older really matters, in both how you look and how you feel. Making healthy, delicious choices should be your go-to! Foods that can help to rev up your metabolism typically also help you feel fuller, longer, so you are getting a belly fat win-win! Eat more eggs, avocados and walnuts - all are high in protein and healthy fats - and add more cruciferous veggies to your diet, such as kale, cauliflower and broccoli... studies have shown that these vegetables are rich in antioxidants and can decrease inflammation.

I hope these belly-blasting tips help you get inspired to target that mid-section! Just make a promise to yourself that you will give it a try - you are worth it!! And your soon-to-be flat belly will thank you!!

Let's live FIT, HEALTHY, and HAPPY - together!