Getting rid of belly fat can be hard for both young and old alike. This is primarily due to the types of information that goes around about losing weight. You have probably come across some off-the-wall diets like the cabbage diet or cookie diet. It's not surprising that most diets fail because they are not meant for long term results. People who try fad diets may lose weight in the short term but almost always gain back what they've lost and then some.
I've always believed that keeping things simple works the best. Shedding excess weight should not be a complicated thing either. Your best bet is not to fall for the short-term fad diets. Losing your belly comes down to a very simple plan which involves a new way of eating and efficient, time saving exercises. I have done some research of my own and have learned that eating healthy is simply a matter of cutting out processed foods and refined sugar. It is not as hard as it sounds.
In fact, there is a way of eating that many people follow and have no problem doing so. It is called the paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet or hunter-gatherer diet) which is short for paleolithic. Essentially, this way of eating consists of lean meat, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, nuts, and good fats. Since you are consuming good fats, you will stay satisfied throughout the day unlike other diets that leave you feeling hungry.
There is plenty of research online about the paleo diet. However, you should always consult with your doctor before starting a new way of eating. The same goes for exercise. If you have not exercised in years, you should get your doctor's advice before jumping into it. For the most part, the best belly fat exercises involves lifting weights and circuit training (interval training.) Most people get stuck doing cardio and do very little strength training. Muscle burns calories even at rest. Therefore, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn.
Your exercise plan should not take any more than 45 minutes tops, a few times a week. I understand that the above diet and exercise plan is not for everyone. It may be a bit too much to handle right away. Everyone has their own fitness goals and requirements. The key is to learn how to burn fat in a way that is effective for you.