Best Exercise for Belly Fat

Has anyone ever tried in earnest to lose weight with a simple hula hoop?

I have been using my weighted hula hoop for 8 weeks now and have found it to be the absolute best exercise for belly fat blasting. In fact, it has blown my mind how quickly I have not only gained a toned and flatter stomach, but have gone down almost 2 dress sizes, AND lost around 8lbs in weight.

weighted hula hoop

And for good reason, as I’ve discovered hula hooping engages the whole body and can burn over 600 CALORIES AN HOUR! That’s more calories and fat burnt than any other abdominal exercise, and is due to the fact it elevates your heart rate up to 84% – which is high enough for your body to trigger its fat burning process.

The fantastic thing about the hula hoop is not only is it a whole body workout that tones every muscle, but it also vastly improves balance and joint flexibility; is a great stress burner; and is also great fun to boot. However, to gain the success that I did, you will need to commit at least 5 days a week to get these results so quickly.



I started out the first week by doing 10-15 minutes a day, then I built up to 30 minutes, 5 times a week. I did get a little bruising at first simply due to the fact that I wasn’t used to it and because the hula hoop is weighted which makes it harder ( a weighted hula hoop is crucial for the best fat burning effects), but I persevered and it was so worth it. The bruising went after a couple of days and didn’t come back, so I presumed my body had become accustomed to it.

I started doing hula hooping instead of my usual more time consuming workouts of swimming and the gym, and found it was so much easier. The best thing about hula hooping is you can do it in front of the T.V., or listening to music, and in the comfort of your own home come rain or shine – so there is never an excuse not to do it.

The key to this exercise, especially when it comes to belly fat loss specifically, is to make sure you keep your stomach pulled in and your core muscles engaged, whilst keeping the hoop spinning above your hips as much as possible. (This will also help refine your motor skills).


A weighted hula hoop is best for the results I know you want!

You will need to make sure you are using a weighted hula hoop specifically designed for adults, as the kids ones just won’t work as well for the results you want. It takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve mastered it you will start to love it.

I’ve begun to really look forward to my hula hooping sessions as my stomach feels more toned immediately afterwards, and that is a MASSIVE reward and incentive to keep going. Also great when I need to fit into something for a night out!



With your right foot forward, and standing inside the hoop, press it against your lower back, bend your knees a little, and give your hula hoop a spin around the waist to get it level. This may take practice, but once you get the hoop moving you need to shift your weight back and forth between your back and front legs. If the hoop starts to drop then stand straight and push your hip harder into the hoop as it spins around to the front.

After you’ve got the hoop going it is best to stand with your feet apart wider than shoulder width, and keeping your head held high really pull your waist in as much as possible whilst spinning the hoop and working those tummy muscles.

Check out this video if you have any problems as you may find a visual interpretation easier to understand.


To get the best results you really should be eating a healthy diet full of wholegrains, proteins, fruits and vegetables – and cut out as much as possible, sugar and junk foods.

Did you know there are specific fat burning foods that can help with the fat torching process? Well amazingly there are, and if you eat these in conjunction with physical exercise you will see a bigger difference much more quickly.


The plant based diet:

It’s worth mentioning at this point that since eating a mostly low GI plant based dietin the past year my body has turned into a fat burning machine. This is 100% down to me filling myself up on fruits, vegetables, low GI grains, pulses, nuts and seeds, and most importantly cutting down in ALL refined ‘free’ sugars as much as possible.

Not only will these types of foods help you shed unwanted fat, but you will also LOOK AMAZING, your skin will be just fabulous, and you will have endless energy to do all the things you want to do in life. It really is well worth the effort in making some gradual changes towards this way of eating. Try something different every day, even if it’s a fruit or vegetable you’ve never eaten before, or even a new exercise class. This way you will soon be creating new neural pathways in your brain, and forming healthier habits .

If you would like more tips and advice on how I did this, and how I changed my health and life around in 1 year of eating plant based then please read eating cleans in 10 easy steps.



After much researching, and reading many reviews to find the right hula hoop for the job, I finally decided upon a mid range, medium weighted, foam hula hoop for maximum comfort (they come in different weights so you can start lower if you are a complete novice to exercise). It is soft, making it easier on the stomach, and it splits into 6 pieces for easy storage, which is great as these things can be awkward to store.


NOTHING, and I Say NOTHING, has given me results for belly fat burning like a weighted hula hoop!!

mans abdominal muscles

And believe me, I have tried every new fitness fad under the sun over the years and have had much success, but I can honestly say that the hula hoop has given me the most noticeable belly fat reducing results in the fasted time, and for the LEAST amount of cost and effort.

It also has the added advantage of being easy to use in your own home, either in front of the TV or listening to music, and is so much less time consuming than other workouts. And don’t think the hula hoop is just for girls – it’s is a hard core workout that will tone a guys abs to perfection!


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Stefanie Taylor

I have studied nutrition for many years, and have since discovered that a plant based diet has been the most beneficial to my health and body. I have more energy and zest for life than I have ever had and this website is dedicated to helping others who wish to know more, and start out on this lifestyle.


Kien · 20/10/2017 at 3:51 am

I love this exercise since I do Hula hoop a lot when I was kid. I would spend hours on doing it and trying not to let it fall off my body and the result after that is my belly gets pretty itchy haha. I like the technique you mentioned above that one should do 5 to 10 mins a day then increase the time to 30 mins a day. That would be a proper practice for this exercise.

Feel free to let me know what you think so that we can discuss new ideas!


    Stefanie Taylor · 21/10/2017 at 8:42 pm

    Yes hula hooping is DEFINITELY one of the best ways I have come across to lose belly fat but you must stick to it every day to see results and I suppose it can get a little boring for some. But it’s great to do in front of the TV, that way you can kill two birds with one stone ha ha.

    I read your article and made a comment on it and yes it was very interesting and yes, would love to discuss new ideas. I am always researching in this field, probably as you are and I really like to try things out for myself to find what works best etc… will look forward to speaking to you soon. Stefanie

AlanJE · 21/01/2018 at 2:33 pm

A very interesting post, I may give it a try!

    Stefanie Taylor · 22/01/2018 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks Alan, yes you should, you won’t regret it I promise you. It works like a charm.

sarah · 12/04/2018 at 10:02 am

Oh wow, this is the article we all need, especially busy mum’s who don’t get enough time to go to gym – amazing exercise and food ideas. This post is worth a share with everyone, and I am going to share it on my twitter right now. I love the video demonstration and find it really useful. We can now lose weight without spending money and time. Thank you.

    Stefanie Taylor · 12/04/2018 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for reading and sharing Sarah, I really appreciate it! Yes this sort of exercise really is great for those who don’t have lots of time or money to pay for expensive gym memberships and classes. It’s great to know that you can get a great body just in your own front room with a simple and cheap device such as a hula hoop.

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