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March 26, 2000

Do You Look Fat?

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Body Buster: Low-rise jeans
What They May Give You: Stomach pooch
Why: Standing with your hips jutting forward and your back super-arched (to look slim) can make your stomach muscles lax and difficult to flatten.
Quick Fix: Intensified Crunches. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your arms crossed over your chest. From here, lift your chest (not your head) toward the ceiling. Hold for one count, then slowly lower. Do three sets of 15 reps three times a week.

Body Buster: Push-up bras
What They May Give You: Back fat
Why: Uncomfortable underwires can cause you to round forward, making your chest muscles shorten and your back muscles weaken.
Quick Fix: The Cobra. Lie facedown, arms by your sides and feet together. Now squeeze your shoulder blades together, lift your head and chest off the floor about six inches, and hold for five counts, then lower. Do three sets of 15 reps three times a week.


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