We Asked an Expert How Long Your Workouts Should Be to Lose Belly Fat – Here’s What She Said
If you want to reduce the amount of belly fat you have, you may be wondering what you need to do when it comes to your exercise routine. Contrary to popular belief, spot reduction doesn’t work, and there isn’t one perfect workout, exercise, or diet that will help you lose belly fat. There also isn’t a perfect amount of time you have to exercise a day to lose belly fat, Leanna Ross, PhD, exercise scientist at Duke University, told POPSUGAR. Click through the slideshow above to learn more.
How Long Your Workouts Should Be to Lose Belly Fat
“There’s not a one-size-fits-all program for everybody and it’s going to depend on what your outcome of interest is going to be,” Dr. Ross said. Fitness is complex, and when it comes to changing your body composition, there isn’t a simple calculation that will get you closer to achieving your goals, she explained. “Yes, you want to try to eat a more balanced meal – the timing of those meals is going to be important – and your exercise patterns are going to be important, but I can’t give a specific prescription for a bunch of different people that’s going to work the same on everybody,” Dr. Ross said.
Generally speaking, Dr. Ross recommends beginning with the goal of being physically active three days a week for those who are currently sedentary. Once you’ve become consistent with physical activity three days a week, Dr. Ross recommends working up to training five days a week and following the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans.