Monday, August 10, 2009

Bye-Bye Belly #9

- Move! A Duke University study showed that a couch-potato lifestyle resulted in an 11.6 percent increase in deep-belly fat in women over eight months.

- Try Pilates. According to a Greek study, these exercises significantly improve posture - and that naturally minimizes a pooch.

- Another reason to stop smoking: Nicotine keeps abs from burning fat, so smokers often have more deep-tissue belly fat.

- Relax. Women with the largest waistlines also reported the highest stress levels, possibly due to the production of the stress hormone cortisol, Yale University research showed.

- Beat the blues. Depression is associated with higher rates of abdominal fat in women, says a study published in Obesity.

- Get more sleep. Women who get only five hours of shut-eye a night are almost twice as likely to be obese as those who get seven hours, Columbia University researchers point out.

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