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You Can: Firm up your whole body and drop up to three pounds.
What to Do: "Your metabolism stays elevated for about five hours after exercising, so break your cardio workout into two sessions," says Ian Smith, MD, author of Extreme Fat Smash Diet. "That way, you'll burn more calories all day long."
What to Eat: Aim for a 1,400-calorie diet, says Smith. "Don't go below that, because you need fuel to exercise," he explains. "You should still lose weight because your metabolism is stoked." Load up on lean protein like fish, chicken, and turkey, plus fruits and vegetables -- they'll fill you up for few calories and the water in them can beat bloat. Steer clear of white bread, rice and potatoes, and sugary packaged food.
Inspiring Words: "Plunging necklines elongate your body because they draw eyes up. As for color, peacock blue is forgiving and fun." -- Susan Moses, celebrity stylist to Queen Latifah
You Can: Sculpt your way confident with time to spare to get beach-ready.
What to Do: A mix of cardio and strength-training will make you feel your best.
What to Eat: A huge salad. "You'll have tons of energy from the nutrients -- no empty calories here," says Smith. Combine two cups of spinach with tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, and a tablespoon of vinaigrette and chow down!
Inspiring Words: "Just think sexy! You'll stand taller, and that's the best way to cover up flaws in a swimsuit." -- Kimberley Locke, former American Idol finalist and a Jenny Craig client
You Can: Stand taller and look thinner!
What to Do: "The warrior pose makes me feel like a strong, confident woman," says Adrienne Reed, an award- winning yoga instructor and creator of the Power Yoga for Athletes DVD. "It works your shoulders -- an instant way to feel taller." Hold the pose for 1 minute.
What to Eat: Whip up a creamy strawberry protein shake in an instant. It'll fill you up now and even help you burn fat while you relax at the beach, says Daniella Chace, author of More Smoothies for Life.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.