Hula hoops help you burn calories and fat, but you can't directly target your midsection for slimming down.
Hula hooping helps tone your abdominal muscles and burn calories, both of which can contribute to creating a flat stomach. It's also a fun, high-energy way to incorporate a playful workout into your exercise regimen. However, it's not possible to target fat loss from a particular part of your body, so hula hooping alone won't be enough to get you a flat stomach.
Estimating Your Calorie Burn
Hula hooping counts as a low-impact aerobic activity, and burns a moderate amount of calories to help you lose weight. If you weigh 125 pounds, you'll burn about 165 calories in a half hour of hooping. If you weigh 155 pounds, you'll burn 205 calories, and if you weigh 185 pounds, you'll burn 244.
Fat Loss is General, Not Specific
No matter how toned your stomach muscles get, layers of fat covering those muscles will hide your toned midsection and add girth that keeps your stomach from appearing sleek and flat, according to "Yale Scientific" magazine. Exercising helps to burn calories and fat, helping you manage your weight better. But hula hooping won't zap fat from your midsection alone; aerobic exercise will burn through fat from different parts of your body no matter which part of your body seems to be doing most of the work in a particular exercise. Because it involves sustained effort, hula hooping counts as cardiovascular exercise, though, which is known to be more effective at burning calories than anaerobic exercise.
Nutrition Trumps the Hoop
A hula-hoop, by itself, won't give you a flat stomach. In addition to including cardiovascular exercise and resistance training for your abdominal muscles, reconsider your nutrition choices to make sure you're not adding unnecessary calories and fat to your diet. Losing weight ultimately involves burning more calories than you're consuming, so for a flatter stomach you want to boost your physical activity while reducing calorie intake.
Whole Body Workout
As your skill level progresses with hula hooping, you can shift the hoop away from your hips to incorporate movement in other parts of your body, according to Oprah.com. For example, you can try moving the hoop up and down your body, twirling the hula-hoop on your arms, or using the hula hoop for practice jumping. Avoid frustration by considering the motives behind your flat-stomach goals; this might not be a practical or healthy goal for all individuals, according to The Huffington Post Healthy Living. Overworked abdominal muscles can lead to under-challenged back muscles, for example.