3 Ways to Get Rid of Stubborn Belly Fat

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The snow has finally melted| but are you ready to embrace your favorite short shorts? If a newfound muffin top is making you wary of ditching your cozy Winter layers| rest assured| there are plenty of ways to whittle away those extra pounds without hitting the gym seven days a week.

“Muffin tops are a problem spot for everyone who overeats|” says celebrity trainer Barry Jay| founder of Barry’s Bootcamp| the bicoastal workout that’s attracted everyone from Katie Holmes to Alanis Morissette to Kim Kardashian. “That part of our body catches excess easily| and it seems like it’s the last to change.”

To reverse the damage you did this Winter| try asking a doctor or nutritionist how many calories you should be eating for your age| height| and ideal body weight. “Cardio helps| but food is 85 percent of the results we see|” says Jay.

Once your diet is back on track| add these three waist-whittling moves to your regular workout once a week to keep love handles at bay.

Side Bends

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Stand with your feet hip-distance apart| arms at your sides.As you reach down towards your toes with one arm| lift the other one up towards your waist| placing your hand on your hip.Alternate sides with one arm up| one arm down.Do 100 reps.Standing Twists

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Place your hands behind your head| elbows out wide and knees slightly bent. Isolate your core making sure your hips don’t move.Twist to one side then the other alternating sides.Do 100 reps.Jack Knives

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Lay on the floor or a bench with your legs straight out| arms stretched above your head| toes pointed towards the ceiling.Raise your arms towards your toes as you raise your legs to a 45- to 90-degree angle| keeping your shoulders off the floor (above). You should bring your arms way up over your belly button so your body looks just like a jack knife.Then return back to the floor or bench with your legs and arms stretched out.Do 40 reps.