Get a Flat Stomach: When Temptation Sends You a Text

However you spend your days—whether you work out of the house or from home, whether you're running a business or a household—I have no doubt that you're multitasking. You're trying to get kids here and there, trying to advance your career, and reeling from all the technology that's supposed to make our lives easier. (How much chocolate did you down the last time your computer crashed?)

The effect: We're under the gun. All the time. Sometimes, the only solace we can get from the rigors of life is in the refrigerator. And that, friends, is clinically classified as Not Good for your Abs Diet plan.

Here's how to deal with some of the stresses and temptations in life so that you don't make the sexy abs you worked so hard for pay the price for your stress.

Working late in the office: Keep fiber-rich snacks such as Country Choice's Oatmeal Squares or Luna bars in your desk drawer. Fiber, as opposed to an instant sugar rush, takes more time to release glucose into your bloodstream. This will keep you energized and full longer, plus improve brain function and productivity.

Feeding the kids: It may be tempting to snort up the last 10 fries or scoop out a few spoonfuls of SpaghettiOs, but they're just adding on extra calories without nutrients. Anything your kid doesn't finish (and can't eat later) should immediately be thrown away so that you don't clean the plate.

Also, buy snacks high in calcium, like chocolate milk, low-fat yogurt, or string cheese, so that if you do pick from their plates, at least you're not doing so with Ding Dongs.

Partying with coworkers: Eat an apple and a handful of nuts an hour before you go so you won't feel like gorging on three-story appetizers when you get there.


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