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3 Proven Ways to Finally Lose Stubborn Belly Fat

Slimming down your waistline takes more than just lots of ab work. 
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You might think that the secret to losing belly fat is doing endless crunches a day. However, according to fitness experts, this is just a myth. Soraya (@project.s.lifestyle) is a certified macro nutrition and fat loss coach and TikTok influencer. Her goal is to help people get their "dream body" without "ditching" their favorite foods and bust myths surrounding weight loss. In one of her viral videos she reveals the three things that will help you lose stubborn belly fat. 

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You Don't Have to Go to Extremes to Lose Belly Fat

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"Here's how you lose that stubborn lower belly fat that just hangs there when you pull your pants down," she says in the clip. "Number one 60 sets a day right before bed. Number two, cut out all white carbs, white potatoes, white bread, pasta, things like that. Number three, one hour of cardio every single day," she continues. "Now, these are things I see a lot of people doing to lose belly fat and lose fat in general, but it's not the most efficient and sustainable way to lose it."

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But, It Takes More Than Lots of Ab Work

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She continues to tell her followers what will actually help you blast belly fat. "Weight loss essentially comes from being in a calorie deficit. So you can do all the crunches, all the ab workouts you want to do, but if your nutrition is not on point, you'll not see any results in your stomach at all," she says. 

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1. Be in a Calorie Deficit

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The first thing you need to do to lose lower belly fat "is to be in a healthy calorie deficit, unique to you," she says. Chris McMahon, a nutrition and fitness coach agrees that the "best way to actually shrink your stomach" would be to be in a consistent calorie deficit. "There's no way around it. People say that diets don't work. That's not true," he adds. 

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2. Strength Training

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Her second recommendation? "Focus on strength training," she says. Several studies have found a link between resistance training and reduced weight circumference, aka, belly fat. Some good weight training exercises to tone your midsection include bicep curls, squats, lunges, and tricep kickbacks. 

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3. 30 Minutes of Walking Per Day

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And finally, she recommends "30 minutes of walking per day," instead of 60. "Light movement doesn't have to be anything crazy," she adds. If you don't have time for a 30-minute walk, McMahon suggests taking 10 minute walks throughout the day. "A 10 minute walk is equal to a thousand steps. So if you think of it that way, it's like, "Oh, okay, I can take short little walk breaks."

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Finally, Have Patience

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"Now, if you do this, you will see results, but for a lot of women, their stomach is the slower thing to go," she says. "So you just have to be patient and trust the process."

💪🔥Body Booster: Contrary to popular belief, you can't flatten your abs by doing a lot of crunches. In order to lose belly fat, you have to be in a caloric deficit. 

Leah Groth
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