7 Flat Belly Hacks You Need to Try

Get a flatter belly in just a few simple steps.

7 Flat Belly Hacks You Need to Try

If you are tired of feeling bloated and puffy, you are in luck. Chris Powell, author of Extreme Transformation, can help you look and feel your best in just a few simple steps. While regular diets can help you lose fat all over your body, these tips specifically target your midsection. Unlike some quick fixes that are only temporary, these hacks will help your tummy stay flat and continue to get flatter over time. After today, you won’t have to dread wearing a tight dress or squeezing into a tight pair of jeans ever again.

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Reduce Your Stress

Stress is linked to a hormone called cortisol, which can cause excess belly fat. Make an effort to eliminate stressors from your daily routine and also focus on sleeping more so you are less likely to be irritable and easily agitated. You can also try tensing your muscles for five seconds, repeating three times. While it sounds counterintuitive, tensing up your body can actually help you become tired and more relaxed.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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