Summer is officially here, and we’ve got the inside scoop on what it takes to get bikini-ready, fast. Forget about gimmicks and fad diets, we know what it really takes to get the results you want. With a little hard work and dedication, you’ll be showing off the latest swim fashions in no time!

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One of the first steps in losing weight and getting toned is evaluating your diet. Are you eating an ideal ratio of carbs and beneficial fats? Are you getting enough protein? For an easy way to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need and a jumpstart to losing weight, try USANA’s 5-day RESET program.  This science-based proven system includes delicious bars, shakes, and supplements in one convenient pack. Once you transition out of the RESET program, be sure to fill up on yummy fruits and veggies along with lean meats for protein. And for a healthy meal on-the-go, try USANA’s Nutrimeal. My favorite is the Chocolate Whey.

Drink more water

Do you know how much water you should be drinking each day? Take your body weight (in pounds) and divide it in half. That’s how much water (in ounces) you should be drinking each day. Drinking water before a meal can also help you eat less. Thirty minutes before each meal, drink 8 – 12 ounces of water. Also, stay away from sugary sodas and alcohol – both of which can max out your calories quick. Instead, swap them for a tall glass of ice water with a slice of cucumber and lemon for a refreshing, satisfying drink.

Pump up your workouts

You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to look good in a swimsuit. Simply increase the intensity of your workouts. Start by doing interval training – walk for 2 minutes and then run for 3 and continue that for half an hour. Little bursts of high aerobic activity can really help you burn more calories than you think. Be sure to get in half an hour of cardio five times a week. Mix it up with a bike, elliptical, Zumba, or whatever it takes to keep you from getting bored.

* Pro Tip – find a workout buddy. Chances are you’re more likely to stick with the program if you workout with a friend!Workout

 Lift weights

Don’t forget the dumbbells. More and more women are starting to understand the importance of weight training. It is critical because it helps you build muscle and literally shapes your body. Plus, muscle burns more than fat – so get lifting!

For more tips on how to tone your body, check out celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler’s quick, workout videos here.

Find the right swimsuit

Finding the right swimsuit or bikini can be tricky. Don’t skimp on details or quality fabric. Some of the best suits I’ve discovered can be found at hapari.com. To find out which style of suit is best for you, check out this link from SELF magazine.

*Individual results may vary. RESET weight-management system lowers your daily caloric intake and recommends moderate exercise for best results. Average results are 4.5 lbs. in five days.

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