This appeared in Fitness in April, 2011

Fed up with my abominable abdominals, I turned to lab docs for help in separating fact from flab. Here’s what to know to lose the excuses — and the crunches.

By Stephanie Dolgoff
How to Lose Belly Fat

The first time it happened I was in my early twenties, straphanging in a crowded New York City subway car on my way to work. I was wearing a slim-fitting T-shirt dress, one that for reasons that will soon become horrifyingly clear, I subsequently used to scrub out the litter box and then tossed. The seated woman I was standing in front of met my eyes and smiled. Then she stood up. I smiled back and stepped to the side so she could make her way to the door. She stood right next to me.

“Would you like to sit?” she asked kindly. “I remember how tired I was during my pregnancy. You look like you’re into your second trimester; it gets easier.”

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