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Tips For Trying to Lose Weight Before the Summer

Two Tips For Beginning Your Bikini Season Shape-Up Plan

With Summer vacations on the horizon, getting in shape can be on the top of your mind, but it may not be on top of your schedule. So if you aren't ready to tackle a long-term shape-up plan, then remember these two simple tips from fitness trainer and healthy chef Katy Clark, a former contestant on Food Network Star.

Think about your portions: Whenever you eat, remind yourself to think about your portion sizes by looking at your fist, Katy says. "Look at your fist: that's the size of your stomach," she says. "Then look at your plate: how much food is going on there?" She also uses a demitasse or espresso cup to help her measure food easily.

Be honest with yourself: Self-assessment can do wonders for making sure you know where you stand and what your goals are. "Strip down in front of that mirror and be honest with yourself. You just gotta do it," she says. "And then go get a spray tan," she jokes.

So what to do when it's time for you to start your bikini workout plan? Katy recommends an hour of weight training twice a week, doing a total-body circuit while focusing on key areas like triceps and legs. "Triceps are 70 percent of your arm, so that's what's going to keep flopping around, and that's what you want to focus on," Katy says. "Focus on your legs [too] because your legs are your powerhouse. The more muscle mass you put on there, the more calories you're going to be burning throughout the day, the more lean you're going to get." Remember to add cardio, as well, for an effective shape-up plan, she adds.

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