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The Little Black Dress Workout: Get Slim, Strong, and Sexy in 4 Weeks

Get the body you want for the holidays with this can't-fail cardio/sculpt plan.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren dress The Sculpting Plan

It's party-dress season! How can you look and feel great in your LBD (that's Little Black Dress) without limiting yourself to seltzer and shrimp cocktail? Use our super-speedy routine, created by Marco Reed, owner of Get Beyond Fit in Los Angeles. Start with the 12-minute strength routine here to target your top trouble zones. Add our do-anywhere cardio program (a jump-rope workout with shadowboxing intervals) to blast up to 300 calories in 30 minutes -- perfect for no-time-to-work-out season. By January 1, you'll have lost up to 5 pounds.

Plus, follow our guide to holiday party foods and you can pare off a full 10 pounds without spending the season in deprivation mode!

Your 12-Minute Sculpting Routine
Perfect for busy days!

What you'll need: Two pairs of dumbbells (5 to 8 pounds and 10 to 12 pounds) and one set of 2-pound ankle weights.

How often: Three times a week on nonconsecutive days.

The plan: Follow the strength routine with our fat-blasting cardio workout to burn more than 400 calories.