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Last Updated on December 15, 2020

12 Workouts to Lose Belly Fat Fast At Home

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12 Workouts to Lose Belly Fat Fast At Home

One of the most debated questions in the fitness industry is “can we spot reduce fat in a certain area of the body?” The scientific consensus is that it is simply not possible. The body can’t drop body fat in one area but not the other.[1]

So, how can we lose belly fat fast?

The obvious or most common answer is to do a heap of sit-ups and crunches. I will cover my 12 favorite exercises to get the whole body to adapt and drop fat fast from the comfort of your own home! These exercises help us appear leaner in the mid-section as the ab muscles become fuller and draw water into the muscle, making our abs seem larger and our waist leaner.

The human body is extremely intelligent—far more intelligent than we may ever understand. What I have observed over the last 15 years in fitness is the body will adapt extremely fast. It’s always looking to make our everyday tasks more efficient or easier (creating the path of least resistance). This is an inbuilt evolutionary survival mechanism to preserve energy.

This raises the question, what exercises can we do that will force the body to make these adaptions and make sure one of the adaptations is to drop fat rapidly? It’s this answer that is the reason so many people go to the gym and don’t lose any belly fat. If you are going to the gym and doing the standard bench press, bicep curls, and a few squats, losing belly fat does not make you any more efficient at doing these exercises. Hence, a strong man is usually moderately overweight, yet a sprinter is super lean.

If the body does not need to adapt, it simply won’t. So, we can go to the gym for weeks on end and do the wrong exercises but not drop fat, and we lose all motivation very quickly. The exercises that will create the fastest adaption and, therefore, the fastest drop in belly fat are those that require full-body movement.

Let’s look at the average yoga or Pilates instructor. They generally have the smallest, tightest waistlines yet you could argue a yoga class burns fewer calories and is far less intense than a spin class or gym session. But because these forms of movement require moving the whole body, they do appear to transform our shape the fastest! The body finds it very difficult to do twists and turns and move the whole body’s weight if we are carrying excess fat. Therefore, these types of moves are going to yield the fastest returns on our time investment.

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So, I’ve picked a combination of total body movement and ab exercises that you can do at home that can help you lose the largest amount of weight in the least amount of time! Here are 12 workouts to lose belly fat fast.

1. The Loaded Beast Kick Through

The beast kick through gets the full body working together and tests agility, balance, strength, and endurance if you push past 20+ reps! The reason I like this exercise so much is that it requires total core engagement, and the agility work means the body just wants to be lighter and more nimble.

If you play with your speeds and extend pauses at the top of the kick through, it really enhances the mind-body movement control and takes the core work to another level, working not just the abs but the lower back and obliques, too!

Rep range: 3 sets of 25 reps

2. The Reaching Gorilla Crawl

Much like the previous “animal move,” the gorilla crawl gets the whole body moving, which makes your body adapt by getting you lighter to make it easier to do! By adding the reach component, you also engage your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings—all of which get neglected when we only do crunches, leading to imbalances.

Rep range: 3 sets of 30 seconds

3. Leg Raise Variations

The leg raise is my go-to move for really hitting those lower abs, which are hardest to get popping. By working with the different variations, you balance the exercise by bringing the lower back into play again and working the whole core!

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Rep range: 3 sets of 10 high, 10 low, 10 full

4. DB Press V Ups

This dynamic crunch requires a dumbbell, although a full orange juice or water container may be sufficient. With this specialized workout to lose belly fat, you turn an already dynamic full core move in the V up to a whole new level by adding a shoulder press to the top of the move.

Rep range: 3 sets of 8 reps on each side

5. Scorpion Kick Throughs

The scorpion kick through is another animal move that gets you moving the whole body in a wide range of angles and directions. This is one of the best workouts to lose belly fat because it also has a yoga feel to it. It is great for opening the hips while engaging and working the entire core. Again, the body doesn’t want to hold a heap of weight when moving the body in this way!

Rep range: 3 sets of 6 kick throughs each side

6. Boat Pose

The boat pose is one of the toughest yoga poses that you would want to work towards holding for up to a minute as the core develops. You can almost feel the whole core tightening as you hold this pose!

Rep range: 3 sets of 45 seconds

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7. The Lateral Monkey

The lateral monkey requires you to engage your core and upper body to get your legs up and flinging across the floor with finesse. Again, when we start to throw our bodyweight around, the body naturally wants to adapt to make the move easier. These full-body animal movements burn a lot more calories than traditional ab exercises as they continue to gradually burn calories for the hours after the exercise has been completed.

Rep range: 3 sets of 30 seconds

8. Bear Ab Crawl Crunch

This is another animal variation where you add an ab crunch to the dynamic bear crawl movement. This workout helps you lose belly fat by squeezing your core. If you can really squeeze the core and abs tight at the top of the movement, you will enhance the effectiveness of the workout!

Rep range: 3 x sets of 30 seconds

9. The Sliding Glute Bridge

The slide glute bridge requires a hard floor and some nice thick winter socks. But all sliding moves add a whole new tension to the eccentric part of the move. This exercise mainly targets the glutes and lower back. Remember, a tight core requires working the full 360 degrees, not just the 6 abs we see in the mirror.

Rep range: 3 sets of 10 reps

10. The Sliding Ab Crunch

Another sliding move adding a whole new tension to the eccentric part of the ab crunch is the sliding ab crunch. Like most exercises and moves listed here, this workout activates your entire body while focusing on your core.

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Rep range: 3 sets of 12 reps

11. The Sliding Frog Plank

The sliding frog plank is a great workout for losing belly fat that develops your core strength while also developing your agility and mobility. This works by forcing you to balance the compression work (ab crunches) with decompression work (stretching) to create balance in your body.

Rep range: 3 sets of 12 reps

12. Side Plank Yoga Flow

When I did my yoga course, this was one of the main poses that we worked on, and I certainly noticed a tightening and better shape around my obliques and mid-section. The idea behind side plank yoga flow is that it activates your forearms, fingers, and shoulders to take the load off your wrists, allowing you to hold the post for longer.

Rep range: 1 set of 2-minute flow

Final Thoughts

Of course, abs are built in the kitchen, and we need to create a caloric deficit to drop weight around the belly fast! But by combining these full-body movements with ab exercises, we are creating the perfect recipe for great ab shape.

Moreover, these great workouts to lose belly fat force the body to adapt and drop fat so we can move more efficiently. If you want to speed the adaptation—and therefore, fast loss—remember to track each exercise and make sure you progressively increase the load to force change!

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Last Updated on October 4, 2021

5 Best Exercises for Weight Loss at Home

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5 Best Exercises for Weight Loss at Home

With the lines of work and home becoming increasingly blurry, it’s no wonder why we struggle to find the time to prioritize our health. Particularly with weight loss, it’s often difficult to manage the ever-present constraints around work, children, time to exercise, and the feeling of exhaustion at the end of the day.

Taking the effects of stress and the rise of remote work and work-from-home situations, we need to be far more tactical in our weight loss pursuits. Quite often, these exercises for weight loss at home aren’t even fitness-related.

Firstly, let’s look at a standard day in the life of a busy professional or parent to really understand the battlefield in which we need to operate.

We all have 24 hours in a day to work with. Knowing how we spend that 24 hours is crucial when learning where time will be best spent for our weight loss journey. Setting unrealistic expectations can be a quick way to end up back at square one.

  • Sleep: 8 hours (parents, if you’re lucky)
  • Work: 8 hours (sometimes more)
  • Children: 2 to 4 hours (includes pickups, drop-offs, and play)
  • Meal Preparation: 1 hour (at a minimum)
  • Household Activities: 1 to 2 hours (because someone’s got to do it, right?)
  • Total: 20 to 22 hours

Taking into account that switching between tasks takes time and cognitive space, we can start to understand why people just want to sit and scroll through social media at the end of a day. We also haven’t factored in the work commute if you have to report to the office.

Just realized you now have minimal time to yourself? This might start to explain why you struggle to gain momentum in your weight loss journey. Let’s work out how to take back the initiative:

  • Automate – Are there any tasks you can automate? If you’re fortunate enough to be gainfully employed, maybe it’s time to hire a cleaner or have ready-made meals delivered to your door. It doesn’t have to happen every night, but removing the decision of “what’s for dinner?” can be a great way to reduce stress and free up brain space and time.
  • Optimize – If you’re time-poor with kids, it’s time to optimize your activities. Turn screen time into playtime outdoors, and get them to join in on your activities. If your children are old enough, it might be time to start offering pocket money for chores and meal preparation. This strategy helped me stay fit as a single parent. By getting out and active with my son, I doubled my return on investment by staying fit and enhancing my relationship.
  • Eliminate – We’re only human. Sometimes, we simply have too much on our plate due to our high expectations. Take a look through your daily tasks and work out what can be removed.

Now, go through this exercise yourself. What potential spare time do you have to work with? If the answer is none, you might want to keep reading.

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Exercise Selection: It’s Not All About the Burn

No equipment? No problem.

So, we’re finally tracking the elements that matter. It’s time to start leveraging exercise to accelerate our weight loss journey. Alongside focusing on individual exercises that help with weight loss at home or caloric expenditure, we’re going to focus on another method to help keep you consistent and accountable for the long term: interest.

Interest has been linked as one of the key motivating factors to maintain consistency towards a goal. By choosing a form of exercise that your body and mind can enjoy, your chances of weight loss success are far greater.

Here’re the 5 best exercises for weight loss at home:

1. Low-Intensity Interval Training (LIIT)

Maybe the body isn’t what it used to be, and intense forms of training simply just aren’t safe anymore. Also considering the body’s response to stress, it might be in our very best interest to choose low-intensity activities that we can repeat daily.

Mobility and movement flows have risen in popularity in recent years. This form of exercise focuses on restoring range of motion (ROM), improving stability, and returning people to activity. Some exercise options include:

  • Quadruped Rocks
  • Frog Stretch
  • Hip Prying
  • Scapula Push-ups
  • Hindu push-ups

Below is a 10minute warm-up flow that shows you how to put all of this together:

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2. Yoga

Yoga is another perfect example of LIIT methodology that can be advanced as your ability improves. Focusing on mobility, stability, and range of movement using only your body weight, it’s a perfect entry-level activity for those that may have lost their way on their weight loss journey.

3. Calisthenics

Strength training at home can be difficult when you lack equipment or experience. An obvious path to building strength at home is calisthenics. Starting with just the following basic bodyweight movements:

You can begin your journey with no equipment and build to quite an advanced level. Here are five movements you can look to master over time are:

Depending on your ability, choose movements that allow you to progress safely over time. There is also gymnastics-based training you can move towards if your body is ready for a more demanding form of training.

4. Aerobic Exercise

Another underrepresented form of exercise, aerobic exercise is often overlooked for its sexier counterparts like strength and HIIT. With the prevalence of obesity nearly tripling between 1975 and 2016 and the major cause in adults being cardiovascular disease, it makes sense to focus on activities that improve cardiovascular or heart health.

Another benefit is that it can be as simple as getting your steps in, going for a swim, or going for an easy ride or run. Phil Maffetone pioneered the Maximum Aerobic Function (MAF) Method that almost anyone can adopt regardless of fitness level and experience.[1]

Here’s a 30-minute session of aerobic exercises you can try:

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5. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High-intensity interval training is a great way to elevate the heart rate and get the endorphins flowing. It can also be super time-effective, giving you a great bang for your buck. Try sequencing some of the movements and exercises above together with minimal rest to keep your heart rate elevated. Be sure to select movements that suit your current level of fitness and ability.

Here’s a HIIT workout that takes little time and is suited for any level:

Chipper 60

Complete all reps of every exercise for time. Exercises can be done in any order and repetitions to complete the workout.

If you can’t do jump squats, regress to normal squats, and don’t be afraid to change the leg raises to a 60-second plank if you need to. Finish up with some light stretching or foam rolling.

What Also Matters: Sleep, Stress, and Stimulants

Sleep, stress, and stimulants, also known as the hamster wheel of death. Tracking these elements gives us the power to finally stop relying on our ever-depleted stores of discipline and motivation to get the job done. It will also highlight the self-destructive habits that sabotage your weight loss journey.

Simply put, stress affects stimulants, sleep affects stress, and the vicious cycle continues.

Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep? It’s well documented that sleep is an important factor in weight loss and recovery.

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“Restricted sleep and poor sleep quality may lead to metabolic disorders, weight gain, and an increased risk of obesity and other chronic health conditions.”[2]

Start this journey by tracking how much sleep you’re getting. Certain wearables can also track the amount of movement and time you spend awake or in lighter sleep cycles. Getting enough time in REM or deep sleep is critical for weight loss.

Stress

We don’t need to be fancy. A simple daily measurement out of ten indicates how much stress we think we are under. Using this number, we can observe the effects that sleep, stimulants, and exercise have on our stress levels, allowing us to deploy the right strategy for our weight loss goals.

Stimulants

Stimulants can be classified as anything we put in our mouths. Tracking calories, alcohol, and caffeine is a great way to observe, predict, and avoid trends or at-risk periods of overeating and destructive behaviors. Tracking this is aligned with how well we sleep, and our stress response gives us enough information to start forming better weight loss habits.

Work to identify the trigger, observe the response, and then look to adjust.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re fighting fit or returning to activity, the best exercises for weight loss at home are the ones that you can do day in day out that you enjoy. Think of exercise for weight loss as we do for compound interest. Consistently and regularly making deposits may not show immediately, but with time, they give you the momentum you need to reach your goals.

Featured photo credit: Olivia Bauso via unsplash.com

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Reference

[1] PhilMaffetone: Maximum Aerobic Function
[2] SleepFoundation.org: Why is sleep so important to weight loss?

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