Belly fat seems to be the most common spot people want to target when they lose weight. And it’s not just for aesthetics; too much belly fat can be dangerous. Visceral fat, the layer of fat in your abdominal cavity that surrounds vital organs, has been linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and PCOS, among other conditions.
If you want to get rid of belly fat, the good news is you can implement a number of diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors to make it happen. The bad news is that you can’t spot-target fat loss; every person is different and your body decides where the fat comes from when you lose it (yay, genetics!). So if you are looking to get rid of belly fat specifically, no amount of crunches is going to make it go away. But you can lose body fat overall, including from your belly.
We spoke with seven weight-loss experts, including registered dietitians, certified personal trainers, and a doctor to get the inside scoop on how to lose stubborn belly fat once and for all. These tips may not be easy, but with effort and consistency, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.