Seriously, the tortoise got it wrong! Slow and steady doesn’t win the race. Forget the “fat-burning zone”, which is basically exercising at moderately low intensity. Research shows that exercising at high intensity burns a lot more calories, because it can boost metabolism for up to 2 days after your workout! And it also burns more belly fat. An Australian study showed that women who did 20 minutes of interval training three times a week lost more belly fat than women who exercised at moderate intensity for 40 minutes three times a week. Because this workout is high intensity, you should do it no more than 2 – 3 times per week, on non-consecutive days. Read more about the benefits of high intensity interval training.
Don’t just do ab exercises, go for a full-body strength-training program. During weight loss, quite a bit of muscle is inevitably lost along with fat. However, strength training can minimize the loss of muscle. Importantly, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who do full-body strength-training twice a week lose more body fat than those who don’t, and it helps keep belly fat off.