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Running Burns Belly Fat, but It Comes Down to This 1 Important Thing, According to an Expert

Pop Sugar 2019-05-12 16:35:03

Not sure where to begin if your goal is to lose belly fat? You're not alone. There isn't a set prescription to reduce the fat stored around your stomach, but there are a few expert-approved things you can do.

The first is to stop trying to spot-reduce belly fat. Spot reduction is essentially trying to reduce the amount of fat you have on a specific area of your body. We know it sounds simple, but it's not possible because you can't control where you'll lose fat — that's up to your genes and your individual body to decide. Instead, in order to lose fat, you should begin to do things like strength training, because it requires a large energy expenditure, which leads to burning more calories and, as a result, fat.

Another style of training that has become synonymous with burning fat is cardio, specifically running. To find out if running can actually help you burn belly fat, and fat in general, POPSUGAR spoke to Rondel King, MS, CSCS, an exercise physiologist at NYU Langone's Sports Performance Center.