Getting ready to sport that itty-bitty bikini can be tough but it’s not impossible. You may have seen some of our body-perfecting tips on Good Day New York but we have a few more insider secrets. Whether you have the time to sweat your fat away or are in a time crunch and need to fake it, we have the skinny on looking your slimmest and sexiest for summer.
Sweat Your Fat Away
Hard work pays off and if you have the time to hit the gym, it’s your best place to start. However, for your exercise efforts to be worthwhile, you need to make sure that you are doing the right moves, which includes both cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Cardio helps burn unwanted fat while strength training helps you burn more calories while you are at rest to tone the body.
A study conducted by Duke University Medical Center shows that when it comes to battling belly bulge, aerobic exercise—think low impact but long intervals to impact the aerobic system—is your best bet to burn the most fat because it burns the most calories. Look no further than Physique 57 for your cardio fix, which has multiple locations and a compilation of at-home DVDs. Physique 57’s focused cardio program of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches can rapidly transform the body, making this workout a celebrity favorite. Similar to interval training, no weights are used, but rather your own body weight acts as resistance. The targeted muscles are over-loaded to the point of fatigue. The body is then stretched for relief, which also lengthens them. After the first few classes you’ll see a change, and full results are apparent after eight classes.
As you being strength training, start doing one-minute plank poses for 3-5 minutes a day. Truth be told, crunches won’t do much to get rid of extra fat. These types of moves work more on the muscles and not on the fat, which as we explained, needs to be targeted with cardio to burn the fat away.
Fake a Better Body
If time is not on your side, one of the quickest and easiest ways to appear slimmer is with a good tan. Since we don’t condone baking in the sun, a body bronzer is the way to go for a successful sunless tan. Before you apply self-tanner, first exfoliate the dead skin cells with an exfoliator like Yon-Ka Phyto Gel Exfoliant ($48). This will give you a clean slate for your sunless tan and improve the texture of your skin. Next, apply a self-tanner like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mouse ($42), a lightweight, easy-to-apply, mousse that dries in 60 seconds and delivers a rich, streak-free tan.
Slim Down Surgically
If you’re in need of more than a workout routine and self-tanner before you squeeze into your swimsuit, read on about surgical solutions for a slimmer stomach.
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