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Can You Lose Weight in the Stomach Area Only?

author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
Can You Lose Weight in the Stomach Area Only?
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Almost everyone has a trouble area on their body that they would like to change; the stomach is a common spot for such attention. Unfortunately, you cannot spot reduce fat from the stomach or any other area of your body. However, there are actions you can take to reduce your overall body fat, which will help to slim your tummy.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise is an effective way to burn fat throughout your body, including your stomach. Aim for at least 150 minutes of cardio per week, spread out over three to five days. Consider running, cycling or a dance aerobics class that keeps you moving at a moderate to intense pace.

Strength Training

Performing two to three full body strength training sessions per week can help you to build lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism. Include stomach-specific exercises, such as crunches, reverse crunches, planks, boat pose and bird-dog, all of which can help to tone and improve the appearance of your midsection.

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Healthy Diet

Exercise is only half the equation when it comes to slimming the stomach; your diet is just as important. Nix foods with added sugars and saturated fats and instead choose lean proteins, mono and polyunsaturated fats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit.

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