The research suggests that weight lifting can help to keep belly fat at bay. A 2015 study in the journal Obesity found that men who did the most weight training exercise gained the least amount of fat in their waists over time. While waist size tends to increase with age, weight training seems to burn belly fat and slow this increase.
Researchers have found similar results for women. In 2007, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when women performed strength training twice per week, they gained significantly less belly fat over a two-year period when compared to women who did not engage in weight training.