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It takes more than crunches to get a flat stomach. Check your knowledge of flat-belly foods and moves with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Carrying extra weight around your belly increases your risks for which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: Carrying excess fat around your middle increases your risk for insulin resistance, cancer, diabetes and heart disease, among other conditions. Even someone who is at a healthy weight may be at risk if his waist circumference is too large.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your genes do not influence where you store fat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Genes do influence where you store fat, and both men and women experience belly weight gain. Men, however, are especially prone to storing weight in their abdomen. However, you can turn off those genes and help your body stop storing weight in your belly.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

For a woman's waist, how big is too big?

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The correct answer is: Health risks for women increase when the waist circumference is more than 35 inches.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's a healthy circumference for a man's waist?

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The correct answer is: Health risks for a man increase when the waist circumference is more than 40 inches.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Crunches are the best exercise for getting a flat belly.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Actually, there is no one-exercise-cures-all move for getting a flat belly. Crunches, like any form of exercise, can help you burn calories and lose fat all over, but they do not target the fat on your belly specifically.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which type of exercise is the best at helping you lose belly fat?

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The correct answer is: All types of exercise are good, but interval training is especially effective at melting belly fat. Interval training, which involves sudden bursts of high-intensity movement alternated with lower-intensity movement, boosts both your aerobic and anaeorbic systems so your metabolism can burn belly fat faster.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Working your shoulders can help tone abdominal muscles.

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The correct answer is: This is true. One study found that women who did isometric exercises worked their middle-body most when doing shoulder extensions. When doing that exercise, your body has to work harder to stabilize your trunk. That helps you work your whole body while building muscle strength.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: For the best results, you should maintain the same exercise routine so your muscles become accustomed to it.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You'll get the most benefit from exercise if you confuse your muscles -- that is, mix up your exercise routines so your muscles never get accustomed to anything. This helps your body work harder and burn more calories. The more calories you burn, the more belly fat you melt.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: The older you get, the harder it is to lose belly fat.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As we age, the fat around our bellies gets harder to burn. That's why there's no day like today to start burning calories and eating well.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Even when you restrict your calorie intake, you can develop belly fat.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Even when you restrict the number of calories you eat, you can still gain weight in your belly. One study found that people who lie on the couch gain more belly fat than people who exercise as little as three hours a week -- even though both types of people eat the same number of calories. That's why the whole equation is important -- both exercise and diet can help you kick the belly fat to the curb.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress can keep you from getting a flat belly.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Stress can make us gain weight and it can also affect how our bodies store fat. When under a great deal of stress, the body produces a hormone called cortisol. Over time, cortisol can begin breaking down muscle, increasing fat deposits and inflaming fat cells. Also, stress causes your body to change how it stores fat -- instead of a flexible layer of fat, your fat may become hard and immobile.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these fats causes belly fat to form?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can cause belly fat to form, but saturated fat and trans fat are most likely to contribute. Trans fats, or trans fatty acids, may increase belly fat. Research suggests a connection between the two, though the evidence doesn't demonstrate the exact mechanism. However, we do know that trans fats increase your risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and other weight-related health problems. Cutting trans fats from your diet may help you prevent health problems and get a flat belly.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate can help get rid of belly fat.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Dark chocolate, the kind that is made with 70 percent cacao or higher, contains a great deal of flavanoids -- powerful antioxidants that fight aging and prevent disease. Flavanoids also prevent inflammation, which can lead to weight gain. And unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate contains very few grams of saturated fat while being high in healthy, fat-burning monounsaturated fat. Keep in mind that foods fight belly fat only as long as you make sure not to eat too many extra calories.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cheese can help you get rid of belly fat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Cheese is high in saturated fats, which cause inflammation and weight gain. And just like chocolate, cheese can help fight belly fat only as long as you make sure not to eat too many extra calories.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Natural peanut butter can help you trim belly fat.

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The correct answer is: This is true. But the key word is natural -- processed peanut butter doesn't count. Natural peanut butter contains a lot of healthy unsaturated fats. These fats are good for your heart, veins and belly.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Guacamole is too high in fat to be effective at getting rid of belly fat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Guacamole, which is made from avocado, is high in fat. These fats, however, are mostly unsaturated. That means the guacamole is helping your body fight inflammation each time you take a bite.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Red wine increases your body's natural inflammation and prevents weight loss around the middle.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Studies show that moderate alcohol consumption (one glass a day for women, two for men) can prevent weight gain around the belly. Wine contains resveratrol, a compound that can prevent inflammation and fat cell deposits.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: The catechins in green tea prevent the breakdown of fats.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Green tea is chock full of catechins, chemical compounds that have been shown to assist with fatty acid breakdown and cholesterol metabolism. Green tea can help prevent belly weight gain and decrease your risk of developing insulin resistance, heart disease and diabetes.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When should you eat carb-heavy meals so your body can properly use them and burn the calories?

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The correct answer is: According to Dr. Oz, eating carbs at breakfast may give you the best day-long calorie burn. Eating carb-rich foods in the beginning of the day means your body has all day to burn off the calories you consumed.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these grain foods can help reduce your belly fat?

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The correct answer is: Whole grains, like quinoa, are good for your waistline. Studies show that people who eat whole grains tend to have less belly fat than people who eat more refined grains. Aim for three servings of whole grains each day.

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