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Seven Tips to Get Yourself into Swimsuit Shape!

Spring is the season to make a fresh start and to start thinking about your summertime body goals!

To help you look your best, here are some helpful tips:

  • Add seasonal fruits and vegetables to your meals. Fruits and vegetables are typically rich in fiber, so you'll stay full longer. Fresh asparagus, green beans and strawberries have wonderfully robust flavor when picked at their peak — and they are naturally low-fat and low-calorie!
  • Substitute a sprinkle of chopped walnuts for hollandaise sauce, a splash of olive oil for butter and sliced avocado for sour cream to keep the focus on heart-healthy fats.
  • Limit casseroles, cream-based sauces and other wintry"comfort foods." Instead, try a chef's salad filled with luscious tomatoes, lean turkey and reduced-fat cheeses. For dessert, grab some fresh berries and garnish with a fat-free whipped topping for dessert.
  • Tackle your spring-cleaning or have fun outdoors! Dig out your gardening tools or chase your children at the playground, spring is the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine. As a good rule of thumb, aim for 30 minutes of brisk physical activity most days of the week.
  • Grab your walking shoes and hit the pavement, beach or trails. Instead of focusing on how far you need to walk, pay attention to the unique sights, sounds and smells of spring. You'll feel rejuvenated by the time you return home.
  • Using comfortable weights, resistance tubes or even cans of vegetables, add 15-20 minutes of light weight training twice a week to tone up your muscles. Some people overlook resistance training when they are trying to lose weight, but it's very important for a toned, beach-worthy body! For every pound of muscle you gain, you burn an extra 35 calories – which can add up to a 10-pound weight loss over the course of a year.
  • Adopt a fresh attitude. Just like a gardener can retrain a vine to grow in a new direction, so can a negative, judgmental thinking-style be guided along a positive, self-accepting path.
  • Try one of Jenny's featured recipes for Spring