Don't stress out about losing belly fat! The stress alone will add unwanted inches and pounds to your waistline. Its a well known fact that belly fat cannot be targeted with spot exercises or specific foods. That said, a diet consisting of primarily healthy, whole foods is the foundation to successful overall weight loss. As you lose weight, the fat will begin to come off all over your body, including your belly. To aid this process, a regular exercise routine is essential. Experts agree that cardiovascular exercise, combined with strength training, is the best approach. The added benefit of regular exercise is that it helps with managing stress.