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Stop Stressing

We’re sure you’ve heard this by now -- stress causes belly fat (and it may also cause you to indulge more, making it tough to stick with a healthy eating plan). “One reason why it’s tough to burn fat around your middle is because of stress,” says Dr. Oz. “Fight-or-flight hormones send the body a message telling it to hold onto excess padding.” But there is no need to pop a pill to prevent it -- relieving stress can be as simple as starting a regular exercise routine, trying meditation or enjoying a good laugh with friends.

Try it Today: Spend 15 minutes tonight relaxing – take a bubble bath or simply close your eyes, and sit still in a quiet room.

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