Be Bikini-Ready Before Your Vacation

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You're vacation is coming up wayyyy faster than you realized and your tummy isn't quite as tight as you were hoping it would be by this point. It's time to make a change and get toned before your trip! Follow these 10 steps created by Pop Sugar so you can be beach-body ready!

woman in yellow bikini on beach

Exercise everyday: You're down to the wire, so make sure you make every moment count. "If you're trying to get ready for a last-minute event, then you better not skip a day," says celebrity trainer Zuzka Light. She recommends short 20-minute workouts done with medium weights or your own body weight. "The best workouts are high-intensity short routines that combine strength, cardio, endurance, balance, and flexibility," Zuzka says. "Basically you're using functional exercises that target every component of fitness in one powerful workout routine." Trainer and Vionic shoes spokesperson Juliet Kaska also recommends interval training to burn fat as well as Pilates to help define your waist.

Don't over do it: While working out is integral to seeing results, overtraining can actually have the opposite effect, warns Gabrielle Union's trainer, Ahmad Baari. "If you are dieting plus overexercising, you will do more harm to your body by creating a toxic environment, which results in the body holding onto fat," he explains. Instead of long, overly hard exercises, Ahmad says to focus on the quality of your reps in order to stimulate muscle growth. "Anything more will be creating an overstressed system," he says. "Your body reads stress as a signal to hold onto stored fat instead of releasing it into the bloodstream to be used as fuel to replenish your muscles."

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Go high quality: Pick high-quality foods like grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, and organic produce. "Choosing a good-quality food goes a long way, no matter what your goal is," Zuzka says. Ahmad also recommends going for dark-green, nonwilted, nutrient-dense vegetables to help fuel your body while losing pounds.

Fuel your body right: When you're prepping for a last-minute event, eating becomes less about enjoying a gourmet meal and more about eating foods that give you the nutrients your body needs to stay energized. "You are literally fueling your body with just what it needs, meaning portion size, and exactly what it needs, meaning health-wise," says Tia Falcone, who used this philosophy to help Miss America Nina Davuluri get pageant ready. For many trainers, that means getting rid of all processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, breads, and pastas, and instead sticking to lean proteins and fiber-rich vegetables along with healthy fats like avocados and olive oil.

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Get serious: If you really want to see results, it's time to get serious about your actions, says Juliet Kaska, the woman responsible for Stacy Keibler's toned legs. "Every bite and every second counts," she reminds us. Of her clients, she says, "if they aren't serious about it, it doesn't matter what I tell them to do, and the time we spend together working out won't matter."

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