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how can you get an hourglass figure and flat stomach?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
It is hard work!: Don't waste your money on "fat burners", laxatives, "cleansers", or anything else that promises an "easy way to lose weight." Sorry, but the only meaningful approach that is safe is appropriate exercise & making healthy food choices (avoid junk food & sugary drinks, watch portion size, moderate alcohol). Also, please review HealthTap answers on Body Sculpting. Good luck.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Where is the stomach and how does it work?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 43 years experience
Stomach Basics: The stomach is a large sac located just below your diaphragm at the end of a tube called the esophagus which connects your mouth to the stomach. The stomach's job is to begin the process of breaking down what we eat and drink into smaller pieces that can pass into the intestine and then be absorbed into the body. Digestion and absorption remove nutrients and we pass what is not absorbed.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to be able to feel my heartbeat in my stomach?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, but . . .: A heartbeat or pulse can be felt in many places with certain activities. However, if a person feels a large pulsation in the stomach or abdomen (especially if he's been resting), the concern is an aneurysm of the aorta. If the aorta keeps enlarging and breaks open, the person will die. The aorta problem (AAA) is easily detected on an ultrasound scan, and is potentially fatal if not corrected.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What type of foods should I eat to get a flat stomach?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Not processed!: There is no guarantee of getting a flat stomach. I would stay away from processed foods. Look at what, when and how you eat. The fda guidelines are quite good. If you're looking at losing more than a few pounds, i would do this in a medically supervised program. Dr. David kessler's books about foods are excellent.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What will happen to the lower part of the stomach that is bypassed?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Bariatric: Discuss this with your surgeon and the staff, as the answer depends on what surgery you had.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What could cause a small red bump on my stomach?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Varies: Many conditions could cause a small red bump. To properly determine what it is please consult a dermatologist.

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