How to Burn Belly Fat for Absolute Beginners

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What makes this the absolute best workout to burn belly fat? It’s the combination of muscle-building moves and fat-burning cardio!

For this beginner ab workout, we alternated between bodyweight and cardio exercises. The bodyweight moves, such as Russian twists, leg raises, and bicycle crunches, work your abdominal muscles for sharp definition. The cardio moves, such as skaters, jumping jacks, and high knees, burn tons of calories in a short period of time. This atomic combination is great for getting quick, visible results.

Additionally, alternating between the moves makes this an ideal workout for beginners. The ab moves allow for a cardio break so that you can slowly build endurance. Meanwhile, the cardio moves give your muscles a rest so you don’t push yourself past your limits. The moves we chose for this workout are simple enough for beginners, yet effective enough for even the most advanced athlete.

What You’ll Need: a gym timer, and a mat to lay on the floor

What to Do: Perform each move in order for 40 seconds, with 20-second breaks in between.

Below, we’ve included videos showing how to perform each move. Using proper form helps prevent injuries and ensures you’re getting the most out of your workout.

1. Skaters
2. Russian Twists
3. Jumping Jacks
4. Leg Raises
5. High Knees
6. Bicycle Crunch


Russian Twists

Jumping Jacks

Leg Raises

High Knees

Bicycle Crunch


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13 Comments on "How to Burn Belly Fat for Absolute Beginners"

  1. Candice  April 25, 2017

    im anxious to try this, but how many sets should you do?

    • Emilia Horn  April 25, 2017

      It depends on how you’re feeling, Candice! Try one set, and then if you feel like you can do a second set, go for it!

  2. Cheryl  June 9, 2017

    How much time should you rest in between sets?

    • Emilia Horn  June 9, 2017

      It depends how you feel, Cheryl. You can take a quick 20 or 30-second break or rest a minute or more if you need it.

  3. Nina  May 2, 2018

    How many weeks before you can lose your belly by doing this? Any tips on what and what not to eat?

    • Gale Compton  May 4, 2018

      Nina, I recommend drinking primarily water and staying hydrated throughout the day. Be sure to stay clear of the following:
      fried foods, junk food (processed), fast food, and all sodas (diet included). Eat mostly, if not all, whole foods, meaning foods that have one ingredient, i.e., apple, broccoli, salmon, egg, etc.. These foods are amazing for losing excess fat. Also, cook at home if possible. This way you control what goes in your food. Check out our amazing recipes.

  4. Luke  May 18, 2018

    Should i perform same exercises on alternate days for many days?

    • Gale Compton  May 19, 2018

      Luke, Alternate days is best. I recommend finding several workouts on the site and switching them up.

  5. patrina  December 8, 2018

    its hard loosing weight because of all the times i slack off and be lazy ans i need a loosing weight journey seriously before i gain any more weight I’m so serious

    • Gale Compton  December 11, 2018

      Congratulations on your decision, Patrina. 🙂

  6. Fit2Health  May 19, 2019

    Great post ??

  7. VIctoria  June 10, 2019

    How many weeks will my belly get flat?

    • Gale Compton  June 10, 2019

      Victoria, Everyone is different. It depends on many things: weight, age, current diet, exercise routine, etc.. Exercise is something that must be done on an ongoing basis for lasting success.


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