Exercise can help you lose fat and build muscle, but to get the best results, you'll also want to focus on your nutrition.
There isn't a perfect diet that will help you get rid of belly fat. Instead of following a diet just because it's trending, find something you'll want to sustain for five years or longer, Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, told POPSUGAR in a previous interview.
To lose fat, 50 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from carbohydrates like complex grains and starchy vegetables, 25 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from lean protein sources, and 25 percent should come from fats, Nikki Jupe, MS RD, LD, CSSD, senior sports dietitian at the University of Oregon, told POPSUGAR in a previous interview. This number may vary person to person, which is why I recommend working directly with a registered dietitian to find out what will be best for you and your goals.
By challenging yourself with workouts that will help increase your muscle mass and fuelling your body with quality foods, you'll be on your way to losing belly fat. Remember that it's a process, so be patient with yourself throughout this entire time. At the end of the day, I always tell people to focus on how you feel first and foremost. The rest will come in due time.