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I Got Rid of Stubborn Belly Fat With These 3 Exercises

What she did really works!
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Burning belly fat can seem overwhelming as so many factors impact fat accumulation around the waistline. TikTok influencer @Tendieex developed her own system of beating the stomach bulge, and aside from the following exercises which she detailed in her post, she figured out the golden rule of not just fat loss in the belly, but from the whole body. So how did this food and fitness enthusiast get rid of her very stubborn belly fat? Read on to find out.

Pilates Roll-Ups

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Tendieex does half Pilates roll-ups using a dumbbell to target her belly fat, and says she maintains a calorie deficit with plenty of protein. "Although strength training can tone your core and tighten stomach muscles, you'll need a calorie deficit for the body to burn excess fat from the midsection," says New Jersey-based dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDCES, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. "However, just cutting calories alone is not the answer. You'll want to reduce calories while keeping protein to 20-30% of your daily calorie intake to protect against muscle loss which can slow metabolism. In addition, protein can help to balance blood sugar and appetite to prevent cravings."

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Stability Ball Hand-To-Foot

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Tendieex then does a stability ball hand-to-foot exchange to really work her core muscles. While these exercises are a great way to strengthen the core, other factors come into play when it comes to blasting belly fat. "In addition to diet, improving sleep and stress are also important in order to be able to reduce belly fat," Palinski-Wade says. "Poor sleep can disrupt appetite-regulating hormones and lead to increased food intake, which may contribute to weight gain, including abdominal fat. Focus on creating healthy sleep habits and aiming for 7.5-9 hours of quality sleep each night."

Stability Ball Planks

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Tendieex also does stability ball planks using an exercise ball, which is another excellent core-strength activity. "The best exercises for your core target several groups of muscles at a time, such as the plank, which builds muscles in the abdomen, back, and side. Although traditional planks are done on the floor, you can do an easier version using a desk or table," say the experts at Harvard Health.

Stress-Busting Exercises

@tendieex I'm telling you… when I next go on my calorie deficit the abs will be poppinnn. Training your core strength is key your lifts. Learning how to control your core and engage it properly means you will probably never have to do another ab workout becus they are properly engaged. #flatstomatch #abworkout #fupa #weightloss #fatloss #bellyfat ♬ original sound – Notfromco

Tendieex's exercises not only work her body, but help manage stress levels. "Chronic stress can lead to overeating and weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area," Palinski-Wade says. "Effective stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress-related belly fat accumulation."

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Holistic Approach

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The bottom line? What Tendieex is doing will certainly help burn not only belly fat, but fat all over her body. "Regular physical activity, including both aerobic and strength training exercises, is vital for reducing belly fat and promoting overall weight loss," Palinski-Wade says. "Exercise helps burn calories and improve metabolic health, contributing to a healthier body composition. Include both moderate aerobic exercise daily along with strength training at least 2x per week to build muscles and metabolism."

💪🔥Body Booster: Approach belly-fat-burning as a whole-body project and you will see results.

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more