How to get rid of a pear-shaped belly

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How to get rid of a pear-shaped belly
People with pear-shaped bellies also have trouble with love handles. (Steven Puetzer/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Pear-shaped bellies occur in people whose bodies have a tendency to store fat in the lower region of their midsection. Lower belly fat may seem frustratingly difficult to reduce, but if you develop a targeted plan to replace your stomach fat with muscle and pay close attention to how many calories you consume, you stand a good chance of getting your tummy under control once and for all.

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    Wear control-top pantyhose or a stomach-reducing undershirt. Starting your belly-slimming plan with a confidence-boosting undergarment can help you feel better about your physical appearance, and give you strength to resist the temptation to overeat or skip exercise.

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    Drink plenty of water. Research suggests that drinking water can help you stay full, especially when consumed before meals. No matter where the excess fat is located on your body, if you take in less calories than your body needs you are going to burn it off.

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    Buy a stability ball and use it to do crunches targeted at your lower abdominal muscles. Repeat three series of ten crunches each morning while lying on top of the ball, resting your lower back on it. For each crunch, clasp your hands behind your head and lift your upper body to a 45 degree angle; hold it for a count of two.

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    Perform a hundred bicycle crunches every evening to help tighten up your entire midsection. Lay on the floor with your hands behind your head and pull your knees to your chest. For each crunch, extend one leg straight up in the air and touch the elbow on the same side to the knee of the other leg; repeat for the opposite side.

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    Eat small breakfasts packed with fruit, fibre and protein to keep yourself feeling full through each morning.

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    Pack modest lunches and swap calorie-containing drinks for water.

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    Share a meal with your family instead of making a separate entrée for yourself. Have a smaller portion than you would normally and encourage your family to try healthier entrées. Many dieters forsake their diet plans at dinnertime because the temptation to eat what everyone else is having can be difficult to resist.

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