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Top 10 Tips to Get Bathing Suit Ready

Look Good & Feel Great this Summer!
  -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator
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Tip #1: Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast-eaters tend to consume more nutrients and fewer calories than people who skip this a.m. meal. Plus eating in the morning helps boost your metabolism at the start of the day. Learn how eating breakfast helps you lose weight.

Tip #2: Exercise at least 10 minutes each day. Sure, you'll want to do more than that on some days, but doing just 10 minutes of cardio, stretching or strength training each day will help you make exercise a habit in your life. For ideas, check out SparkPeople's 10-Minute Workouts.

Tip #3: Write down your goals and put them in a place where you can see them. Seeing your goals will help you achieve them.

Tip #4: Make smart substitutions. Use vinaigrette instead of ranch dressing, eat an English muffin instead of a bagel, and try mustard instead of mayo. You'll save 250 calories each day. That adds up to 5 pounds in just 10 weeks.

Tip #5: Exercise in the morning. More than 90% of people who exercise consistently have a morning fitness routine. This ensures that other things during the day won't get in the way of your workout goals. Learn more about the benefits of a.m. exercise.

Tip #6: Keep a water bottle with you all day. Many times when you think you're hungry, you're actually thirsty. Plus, drinking water can help prevent you from eating extra snacks throughout the day. Get SparkPeople's Healthy Beverage Guidelines.

Tip #7: Find a diet buddy to check in with each day. Calling, emailing or chatting online with your buddy will help you stay accountable. After all, Sharing is Achieving.

Tip #8: Make three healthy recipes each week. You'll know exactly what's in your food. Plus cooking dinner yourself instead of going out will burn 125 calories! For healthier ways to follow a recipe, click here.

Tip #9: Pack your snacks ahead of time. That way, when you get hungry, you'll have a healthy choice that’s already perfectly-portioned. Our Snacking Healthy article is full of ideas.

Tip #10: Use—it really does work! SparkPeople is 100% free and gives you a personalized meal plan, calorie counter, fitness program, and thousands of articles and healthy recipes. Plus our online Community is full of people like you who can help you reach your goals. Sign up for your free account today!