How to Burn Belly Fat for Absolute Beginners

A truly effective ab workout!

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


Do you have a fat-burning secret? Let us know in the comments! 

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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    1. 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!

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

  2. 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

    1. 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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