6. Control stress
Women’s waistlines are greatly affected by stress. “It affects the level of cortisol, a stress hormone that wreaks havoc on the body if it is not at an optimal level” says Callaway. That can lead to the storage of abdominal fat and breakdown of the muscle, decreasing overall metabolism.
Find a way to release your daily stress by practicing self-care. Go for a short walk, wind down with a cup of tea and a good book, or join a yoga or Pilates class that will relax you while you work on your core.