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Countdown To Hamptons Swimsuit Season: 10 Tips To Get A Bikini Body

Originally Posted: May 10, 2012

Colette Heimowitz

Don't fall into a food rut and be sure to exercise and you'll see your bikini body come into view. (Photo: Emir Memedovski/iStpckphoto)

Southampton - While New Yorkers gear up for Hamptons time, it's crunch time to achieving your ultimate swimsuit body! Here are some tips to help you get fit, maintain your ideal weight all summer long, and make counting down to summer Fridays stress-free.

Weigh Yourself Only Once A Week: Scales can't distinguish among fat, muscle and water and your body's byproducts. No matter what you do, the numbers are bound to differ a pound or two in either direction on a daily basis. And, as you build muscle and lose fat, your weight may not change, but your shape will. Instead, look at weight loss as something averaged over time. Check in occasionally with your scale, but take measurements as well. Even if the numbers on your scale aren't going down as fast as you'd like, you could be losing inches. Another great tool is a piece of clothing that was tight when you started your diet. Try it on every couple weeks to gauge your progress.

Don't Fall Into A Food Rut: As you start losing weight on your diet and become more accustomed to a new way of eating, try experimenting with different low-carb friendly foods - such as avocado, salmon or tofu - and recipes so that you don't get bored with your choices or tempted by forbidden treats. Swing by a local farmstand in Bridgehampton for a little of what's in season.

Increase Your Activity Level: Studies show that people who exercise are more successful at maintaining their weight loss than people who don't. Make it your goal to incorporate regular exercise into your life, especially now that the weather is getting nicer. Walking, swimming on Coopers Beach in Southampton, running and biking along Long Beach in Sag Harbor are all great ways to enjoy the weather while burning calories.

Build More Muscle: Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, which means the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest. Start building muscle by adding some resistance training exercises into your exercise routine.

Use A Journal: Keeping a weight-loss journal may make you more successful at losing the pounds. Note what happens if you add more Net Carbs to your diet or a new food. How do you feel after exercise? Are you hungry between meals? Are you feeling more energetic or confident? Write it all down so that you can accurately track your progress.

Read Nutrition Labels: Watch out for hidden carbs. To calculate the grams of carbs that impact your blood sugar, subtract the number of grams of dietary fiber from the total number of carb grams. Also double-check serving sizes on labels. Some foods and drinks are actually two or more servings, so you need to add in those extra carbs and calories.

Drink Plenty Of Water: Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so staying well hydrated helps you not to overeat. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, sip from it frequently. Spice up your water by adding sliced lemons, limes or cucumbers.

Don't Skip Meals: Keep your hunger in check by eating three regular-sized meals (and your choice of two snacks) every day. Some people do better with four or five smaller meals each day. The important thing is to keep your appetite and your cravings under control and your blood sugar levels stabilized.

Plan Ahead: Keep snacks like nuts or cheese from The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck at your fingertips so that you are less tempted by less healthy summertime treats. Serve healthy and whole foods at your barbecues and gatherings like grilled chicken breasts or fish and take advantage of the season's fresh vegetables.

Get The Family Involved: Have your family help choose new recipes to make every week, and get them involved in the cooking and preparation. Focus on healthy snacks for the kids, like frozen grapes or berries. Take a family walk in the evenings in Morton Reserve and go for bike rides along Meadow Lane in Southampton.

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