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iVillage: Get a Bikini-Ready Body Without Diet and Exercise

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Squash Stress

Feeling fried? That’s bad news for your belly: “Stress increases the production of steroids and stress hormones, which negatively affect your digestive system, often causing major constipation. And constipation gives your stomach that `pouchy' look,” says Judith Reichman, M.D., an assistant clinical professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. “To keep your stress in check, take 20 minutes a day to do a stress-relieving activity like meditation or exercise,” suggests Dr. Reichman.

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