1. GET BRONZED
“A fake tan brings out muscle definition so you instantly look more toned,” says L.A. tanning specialist Jimmy Coco, who bronzes Kim Kardashian. To define abs with a dab of tanning lotion, trace a line from sternum to belly button and diagonally along the obliques.
2. CHEW SOME JUICY FRUIT
“Melons are the perfect hot-weather food,” says L.A. nutritionist Jonny Bowden. “They hydrate without bloating and fill you up without putting you in a food coma.” You might also want to limit artificial sweeteners, even in diet soda—they can cause temporary belly expansion, as do broccoli, cabbage and beans.
3. ROOT OUT UNWANTED HAIR FOR GOOD
Ready to toss your razor? Unlike IPL and electrolysis, the in-salon Depilar System is painless and works on all skin tones. “It’s an enzyme-based gel an aesthetician can apply after waxing to destroy empty hair follicles,” says N.Y.C. skin care expert Elke Von Freudenberg. Hair is gone in four to eight treatments.
4. ORDER AN APP
A recent study in the journal Obesity found that dieters who track their progress using mobile apps drop more pounds than those who keep paper logs. “Being aware of exactly what you eat is one of the quickest ways to change your body,” says Bowden. The Weight Watchers mobile app also lets you download recipes, including faves from spokeswoman Jennifer Hudson. Not a member? Try one of the many other free apps, like Lose It!
5. DEVELOP GOOD PASTE
Skip pricey microdermabrasion treatments that promise smooth skin and whip up your own remedy: Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water into a paste, and apply in a circular motion before rinsing. It’s all about texture. The grains act as an exfoliant, uncovering fresh skin underneath.
6. SUCK IT IN
Spanx has finally hit the beach. Sara Blakely, the creator of the ubiquitous shapewear, has launched a new swimsuit line designed to make you look as sleek as possible. “The strategic ruching supports and flaunts your curves,” says N.Y.C. stylist Lisa Marie Fernandez. This one-piece (Assets by Sara Blakely Power Suits, Nylon-spandex swimsuit, $50; at Target) looks equally chic on the street as it does on the beach (where it stays put in the strongest surf). “It doubles as the perfect bodysuit,” says Fernandez. For ultimate versatility, choose one in a solid neutral.
7. RAISE THE BARRE
As anyone who has seen Black Swan knows, ballet is a serious full-body workout. “It kicks your metabolism into overdrive,” says Jill Dailey, whose intense Dailey Method combines ballet, pilates and yoga. “You can burn up to 600 calories a session.”