Summer Shape-up

Ask Jenna: What's the best way to lose belly fat?

May 15, 2012 at 3:00 AM ET

Jenna Wolfe is a TODAY anchor and reporter, of course -- but she's also a personal trainer and a total fitness fanatic.

Have your healthiest summer yet! Ease into the dreaded "swimsuit season" with healthy tips from TODAY experts. All throughout May, we'll offer smart do-it-yourself ways to look, eat and feel better. So stop stressing about that swimsuit, and read on.

Q: What is the best way to lose belly fat? I eat a high protein diet with fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds as my only carbs, and I've lost a lot of weight doing that, but I also need to add exercise to my daily regimen too. I walk, but that doesn't seem to be doing much. Thanks, Jenna! – Laura Crozier 

A: Hi Laura: Good news, you've done the hard part already and that's the diet. Once you've locked in a healthy, protein-packed, low-carb diet, all you have to worry about is maintaining that with a calorie-blasting workout.

I'd recommend starting a strength training program to go along with your walking. Weight lifting should always be included in a weight loss plan. It will help spike your metabolic rate for hours after you're done. In fact, some studies suggest you actually can burn more calories lifting weights for 30 minutes than hopping on a cardio machine (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike) for the same amount of time. Try it!

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