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4 Exercises That Helped Me Get Rid of Belly Fat and Transform My Body

Fitness expert reveals the simple at-home exercises that helped her blast fat and flatten her abs. 
FACT CHECKED BY Christopher Roback

What is the secret to getting rid of belly fat and flattening your abs? While there are a few components to achieving a perfectly chiseled and flat midsection, specific exercises can help get you there. In a viral video shared by the TikTok account @Itz_About_health that has racked up a whopping 5 million views, one woman claims that doing three sets of four ab exercises helped her achieve the abs of her dreams. "Exercises I did to go from this to this," she says in the brief clip. She also demonstrates each of the moves, which you can easily do in the comfort of your own home. 

Plank Dips

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Her first move? 3 sets of 10 plank dips, which involves getting into plank position and dipping her waist from left to right. Kendra Gamble, HIT Fitness Training, Huntingdon Valley, PA, NPTI Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Consultant tells The Body Network that planks are a great exercise. However, if you are a beginner, you might want to ease into the move. 

Russian Twists


Next she does 3 sets of 15 Russian Twists. "Weight is optional," she says. Russian Twists are a great exercise for your core, but especially the obliques. 

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Bicycle Crunches

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Her third exercise is 3 sets of 15 bicycle crunches. In crunch position, crunch with your left elbow, bringing up your right knee at the same time. Then crunch with your right elbow into your left knee. She repeats on the other side. 

Knife Jacks

Pilates Position - Jack Knife

Her last exercise is 3 sets of 10 leg alternating knife jacks. Keeping her back on the ground, she lifts her left leg slightly up, meeting her right hand with a straight arm to the left leg. She repeats on the other side. 

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But Remember, Abs Are Made in the Kitchen

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Andrea Ausmus, CPT, FNS, & CES, Senior Director of Fitness at Gold's Gym SoCal reminds that you can't out-exercise a bad diet and that "abs are made in the kitchen." In order to get flat abs you need to exercise but also "be diligent with your nutrition," she says. "You can not separate your fitness from your nutrition, especially when it comes to sculpting your abs."

💪🔥Body Booster: Ab work will help build up your abdominal muscles. But if you really want flat abs you will have to adjust your diet accordingly. 

Leah Groth
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