Are you finding it difficult to fit into your little black number? Is belly fat giving you sleepless nights? If your answer is yes, you need to make some lifestyle changes to get the figure of your dreams. No doubt, belly fat looks aesthetically displeasing. It can assume serious proportions and affect long term health, if not curbed at the right time.

Dieting and exercise go hand in hand. If you thought that only dieting will burn your belly fat, you are wrong. If you really want to lose weight, you need to include an hour of exercise in your daily routine for targeting and reducing belly fat. Here, we have compiled a list of 16 exercises that can help you reduce belly fat faster than you thought it would take:

[ Read: Diet Plan To Reduce Belly Fat ]

Best Exercises To Reduce Belly Fat:

  1. Crunches
  2. Twist Crunches
  3. Side Crunch
  4. Reverse Crunches
  5. Vertical Leg Crunch
  6. Bicycle Exercise
  7. Lunge Twist
  8. Rolling Plank Exercise
  9. The Stomach Vacuum
  10. Captain’s Chair
  11. Bending Side To Side
  12. Walking
  13. Running
  14. Jogging
  15. Cycling
  16. Swimming
  17. Expert Tips

1. Crunches:

Nothing burns belly fat faster than crunches, which occupy the number one position in fat-burning exercises. Now, it’s time that you start performing this exercise.



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How To Do 

  1. Lie down flat on a mat with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Alternatively, you can also lift your legs off the floor at a 90-degree angle. (See picture).
  2. Lift your hands and place them behind your head, or keep them crossed on your chest.
  3. Inhale deeply, and as you lift your upper torso off the floor, exhale.
  4. Inhale again as you get back down, and exhale as you come up.
  5. Do this for 10 times as a beginner.
  6. Repeat another two to three sets.


Dumbbell crossover punch, shoulder press and side crunch, butterfly crunch.


While performing crunches, instead of entering the full sit-up position, just raise your back a few inches from the ground. This ensures you don’t hurt your back.

Also, don’t jerk your head forward while doing crunches. This will put pressure on your neck and result in pain. Just hold your hands above your head and perform the exercise.

[ Read: Foods That Burn Belly Fat ] 

Tip: As you lift your torso, do not sit up straight. Your back should make an angle of 30-40 degrees with the ground. Only then you will feel pressure on your abdominal muscles.

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2. Twist Crunches:

Twist crunches

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Once you get used to the regular crunches, modify the basic crunch to get an even more effective tummy exercise.

How To Do

  1. Lie down on the floor with your hands behind your head.
  2. Bend your knees as you would do in crunches, keeping your feet on the floor.
  3. You have to lift your upper torso while performing crunches. But, in twist crunches, you have to lift just your right shoulder towards the left, keeping the left side of your torso on the ground.
  4. Again alternately, lift your left shoulder towards the right, keeping the right side of your torso on the ground.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

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3. Side Crunch:

Side Crunch

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How To Do

This is same as the twist crunch exercise. The only difference is that you need to tilt your legs to the same side simultaneously with your shoulders. The side crunch focuses on the muscles on your sides.


Make sure you keep your movements steady and slow. The midsection, being a complex area, could hurt if you perform the twists in a hurried fashion.

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4. Reverse Crunches:

Now it’s time to do reverse crunches. This is another good exercise to reduce belly fat.

Reverse crunches

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How To Do

This is similar to the twist crunch exercise. The only thing that you need to do is tilt your legs behind simultaneously with your shoulders. The side crunch focuses on the muscles on your sides.


Keep your back straight while performing the exercise, as arching it can result in pain, and in some cases, even injury.

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[ Read: Yoga Asanas To Reduce Belly Fat ]


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  • shwetasarawgi (Glam ‘n Gloss)

    slow metabolism is never a culprit , rather people normally dont have slow metabolism, unless they are suffering from thyroid disorder or Cushing syndrome, which is disorder of pituitary gland. Saggy Muscles don’t cause belly FAT. Belly Fat is caused by excess FAT deposition. Without incorporating Cardio in daily exercising fat burning is not possible. Yes exercising will tone the muscles but that doesn’t means that fat is reduced. There is no such thing as spot fat reduction.

  • Simrin

    Very helpful post mounica:) working out everyday atleast for 15 to twenty min is more than enough for getting a toned belly. Doing specific exercises that are apt and good for belly fat reduction helps in shedding off your belly easily:)

  • Aavani

    Good post:) I have tried similar exercises like these before but there was a slight change and once these are stopped then it gets back to the original state which is terrible, can u share how long should we be doing these ??

    • kelly

      you should do them all the time… the minute you stop working out the fat builds up again…

    • Bijoy.v

      Avani we need to practice this min 6 months half an hour daily.Then we can change this to 10 minute normal exercise.

  • shalini

    really tis is very useful for me. thanks

  • divya

    how many will it take to reduce the belly fat?

    • yo yo

      1 year

  • Amanda

    This is a horrible article – perfect example of someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about trying to give fitness advice. Happens all the time and is so frustrating to us fitness professionals. The only way to burn belly fat is to do high intensity exercise and full body strength training, coupled with a clean healthy diet, full of fruits and vegetables and lean protein, and devoid of salt/sugar/refined foods. Theres no secret, there’s no shortcut. Good luck all!

  • ali

    do these applicable for both men & women . Thank you

  • AlyB

    just a FYI, crunches are NOT a fat burning exercise. The plank poses and lunges are. But you start off this article with a huge misconception, that crunches take No.1 spot in terms of fat burning. Ladies, if you have a belly no amount of crunches are going to get ride of that. You may get some definition, but its going to on-top of your fat. Been there done that. Articles like this keep these myths alive.

    Work your whole body, do burpees and jumping jacks, russian twists and push ups. Your not going to get anywhere lying on the floor. Do what sucks, and dont listen to this BS

  • siva sai

    thank u mounika



  • Aisha

    Stomach is big

  • Mohini


  • Kritika Sharma

    nice @ @

  • damo

    Awesome post

  • Nasir

    Thanks a lot sweet mounika

  • Ishvi

    Awesome post!! Exercise was never my cup of tea. But when I practiced these exercises to lose belly fat I was really surprised and quite happy as I finally found something that really works. I recommend everyone to start following these fabulous exercises, because there is a big prize at the end of it.

  • P

    For TONING…..sure, these exercises are great………To REDUCE fat……..there are tens of better exercises than all of these (especially if you’re going to spend an hour doing them, as the article suggests).
    1. Calorie deficit
    2. resistance training (body weight is fine…….squatting, pull ups, push ups etc. all better at reducing BELLY fat
    3. Cardio – you HAVE to do it
    4. Eat better food
    5. Crunches for losing belly fat is laughable
    6. But better than nothing!


  • chandrasekar

    control ur tongue & stomach

  • Sujay

    good one…need to be careful for Reverse crunches as doing the way shown(i mean keeping the legs in a way shown in pic) could seriously stress ur back and out for that

  • nitsposta

    This article is of great help.

  • sush

    this really awesome but it will available as video then there wont be any confusion

  • Anjana

    its difficult for me to uplift my torso.i m just able to uplift my shoulder.plz can u help on improving in this regard


    Very much happy for this article. I have two lovely sisters who always
    complain about fat on their belly, when i showed them this article and
    told them it is gonna work they both gave it a try out and the testimony
    was awesome.


  • sonu

    Can I know any tips for cellulite removal from thighs. ?.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi, glad to be of help to you :-)