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A-Z guide to a flat belly

One of the best ways to help reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is to focus on your abs. And, you'll look great. Read on for simple gut-trimming tips that'll help take the inches off

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A – Avoid beer

Beer drinkers sport higher waist-to-hip ratios than wine drinkers do, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that looked at people who imbibe more than six drinks per week.

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B – Blueberries

A blueberry-rich diet may stave off belly fat, a University of Michigan study suggests. Add them to your cereal, yogurt or salad to get an extra fat-fighting boost.

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C – Coconut oil

Brazilian researchers found that obese women who dieted, exercised, and took a 30-milliliter supplement of coconut oil every day carved more inches from their waistlines than women who dieted and exercised but took soybean oil. (Just choose the virgin, or unprocessed, form of coconut oil.)

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D – Do faster crunches

Increasing the speed of your crunches (while still maintaining good form) activates more muscles in your trunk than doing more leisurely reps, according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

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E – Eat eggs

Dieters who had two eggs with breakfast whittled their waists more than those who ate the same number of calories but had a bagel instead, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity. (One caveat: You'll want to limit your eggs to six or fewer per week.)

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F – Flatten with shapewear

Some suck-it-in undergarments can make your belly look svelte, said Paige Adams-Geller, founder of Paige Premium Denim and author of Your Perfect Fit

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G – Get happier

Depression is linked to deep-belly fat, a study in the journal Obesity reports. Make time to do what you enjoy, and talk to your doctor if you're feeling down.

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H – Have whole grains

Obese adults who slashed calories and added whole grains (think brown rice, oatmeal) to their diets lost more belly fat than dieters who ate refined grains (like white bread), according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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I – Interval train

Doing 20 minutes of heart-pounding cardio intervals three times a week burned more abdominal fat than spending twice as long doing slow-paced cardio, according to Australian researchers.

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J – Just say 'moo'

Dieters who consumed 1,200 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium every day experienced three times the middle-whittling as those getting the same number of calories but less calcium, a University of Tennessee study found.

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K – Kick it up a notch

Exercisers who cranked their intensity up to a 6 or 8 on a 10-point scale shed more belly fat than people who phoned it in, according to research done at Duke University.

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L –Lift. Weights, that is

Women who pumped iron twice a week for two years lost more body fat and didn't gain as much belly fat as women who didn't lift, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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M – Make time for cardio

People who got regular cardio exercise had less ab pudge than those at the same weight who were sedentary, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports.

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A-Z guide to a flat belly

One of the best ways to help reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is to focus on your abs. And, you'll look great. Read on for simple gut-trimming tips that'll help take the inches off

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