Do you think doing planks, crunches, and other ab-focused workouts are best for losing belly fat? Here’s the thing. While these help tone your belly muscles, they may not help shrink your belly fat. To do that, you will have to burn more calories than you take in. That means watching what you eat, eating smaller portions, and getting more active. Doing longer workouts, doing them more often, or boosting how hard you work out can help dial-up the calories you burn.

Make sure to talk with your doctor before starting any new fitness routine.