The Best Exercise Machines to Lose Belly Fat

The fat on your belly won't melt away by getting on an ab bench. You need to do cardio, and burn as many calories as possible during each workout. For optimal belly fat loss, train five to seven days a week for 30 to 60 minutes each session. Keep your intensity moderate to high for optimal fat loss. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds of fat each week.

Stationary Bicycle 

The stationary bicycle is a surprising calorie burner for fat loss. In 30 minutes a 155-pound person can burn about 391 calories, if he is working at a vigorous pace. On a stationary bike your joints are non-weight bearing, so it can be appropriate for people with joint issues, or who are very overweight. You can use speed and resistance to make your workout easier or harder. Another stationary bike workout that can help you burn belly fat is group cycling. Led by a certified instructor, these classes are usually 45 to 60 minutes in length, and can be very challenging.

Treadmill Running

Running on the treadmill is going to burn more calories than walking on it. Running is more intense and can lead to more significant changes to belly fat over time. In a 30-minute running workout a 155-pound person can burn 335 to 372 calories running at a 5.2- or 6-mile-per-hour pace, respectively. If you can run any faster than that, you can burn more calories than on the bike.

Elliptical Trainer

The elliptical is a very popular machine in the gym. The motion is similar to running, but it's low impact and easy on the joints. In 30 minutes the same 155-pound person could burn about 335 calories on the elliptical. If you use one that has arm and leg motion, it's possible you will burn more calories. You can adjust the speed, incline and resistance on the elliptical to change up your workout.

Tips

Take any workout to the next level by incorporating HIIT workouts. High-intensity interval training is alternating high-intensity bursts of exercise with lower-intensity active recovery periods. For example, on the treadmill you could alternate jogging at 5.2 mph for two minutes with 30 seconds of 6-mph running for the duration of your workout. HIIT allows you to push yourself a little harder and burn more calories for fat loss. Also, keep in mind that just because something burns a lot of calories doesn't mean it's appropriate for you. Talk with your doctor about exercising and weight loss. They may have suggestions based on your medical history.