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This Is How Often You Should Strength-Train and Do Cardio a Week If You Want to Lose Belly Fat

POPSUGAR.com reports your exercise routine and your nutrition will help you lose belly fat.

Tiffany Chag, MS, RD, CSCS, sports performance specialist at HSS, told POPSUGAR losing belly fat doesn’t require making drastic and restrictive changes, but instead, is about training smart, eating healthy foods, and consistency.

"First, I hate to break it to you, but you can't spot reduce," said Chag. "The idea is awesome, but it doesn't work that way. All exercise has a global effect,” added Chag, which means you can build lean muscle and reduce fat all over, as compared to focusing on one specific area of the body. To lose fat, compound exercises such as squats and deadlifts are recommended. Cardio exercises are also important to boost the metabolism, which include steady-state runs, spinning, swimming and sprinting. When setting up your weekly training program, it’s advised to follow whatever works best with your lifestyle. Chag cited, “The best schedule is one that works with your daily routine.”

Furthermore, you don’t have to make drastic changes to your diet. “Just eat a little less of the foods you think you shouldn’t,” suggested Chag. This includes candy and cake, she explained. Eat more foods like vegetables, lean proteins, and fruit. “Tiny changes make a huge difference and they’re usually sustainable,” Chag noted.

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Additional coverage on POPSUGAR.com appeared on May 7, 2019.