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Monday, April 9, 2012
Questions Women Ask About Their Body
Q: I work out and I'm slim, but I still have a belly! What can I do to get rid of it?
A: "Start by looking at the stressors in your life," says Pete McCall, a personal trainer and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise. Being continually anxious about anything drowns your system in stress hormones like cortisol, which is thought to make your body store excess fat around your middle. Find an outlet for your anxiety: Writing, running or meditation are all good options. Taking a hot bath while watching TV on your laptop, doing a beauty regimen while listening to your ipod, cleaning out a closet. One things to avoid is overdoing your workouts. "Exercising hard every single day may seem like a good idea, but it actually puts you into a stressed state that makes your body hold on to stored fat for dear life. A final thought: Even at a healthy weight, if you eat a lot of salty or over processed foods or sip soft drinks, the issue may be a serious case of bloat. Cut back.