Boost Your Burn
Double Your Cardio
Do twice the number of minutes at the gym as you usually do, says Los Angeles trainer Teddy Bass. Change things up to minimize wear and tear: If you power walk one day, hit the pool the next (or at least migrate from one type of cardio machine to another type).
Double the Afterburn
If you can stand the outfit changes, divide exercise into two sessions: cardio in the morning and weights in the evening (or vice versa). You're elevating your metabolism twice, which means you're burning more calories than if you'd done both in the same session.
Bring It On
A Fistful of Protein Three Times a Day
Aim for 4 to 6 ounces (about the size of your fist) of lean protein, such as chicken, fish, or egg whites, at every meal, says trainer David Kirsch. (He's the one who whipped Heidi Klum back into shape within eight weeks of giving birth.) In one study, people who got 30 percent of their day's calories from protein ate 441 fewer calories than people who ate a 15 percent protein diet.
Your Weight in Water
Take your body weight and divide it in half. Then drink that many ounces of water a day, says Los Angeles trainer Jeanette Jenkins, author of T he Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water a day. (That's just a little more than four small bottles of water.) Why? The rate at which you burn calories drops when you're dehydrated.
The Cheap, Safe Metabolism Booster
Substitute green tea for coffee. Compounds in it called catechins — the same stuff that's in Enviga, the "calorie burning" soda — are believed to increase your metabolism, says New York City nutritionist Oz Garcia, Ph.D.
Celery, Spinach, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Peaches, Strawberries, Cantaloupes
These foods are at least 90 percent water, so they'll help flush out your system and keep you hydrated (assuming you're already drinking water, of course), says Los Angeles trainer Robb Parr, who currently works with the ever-fit Demi Moore. Nothing wrong with other fruits and vegetables. Even relatively dry bananas (76 percent water) are more hydrating than, say, whole-wheat bread (35 percent) or almonds (7 percent).
Knock It Off
(It's two weeks — you can handle it). Your body treats alcohol as a toxin, so your liver processes alcohol calories before all others in an attempt to clean bad stuff from your bloodstream, says Kirsch. The result? The other calories you've gotten from food are more likely to be stored as fat.
Milk and Cheese
"In my experience, most women have some sort of lactose sensitivity, which means they get bloated from even small amounts of dairy products," says Yumi Lee, a Los Angeles trainer whose clients include Julianna Margulies and Pink. "Once they stop for a couple weeks, they instantly see a difference." Don't nix calcium altogether: Take a supplement and get the nutrient from foods such as salmon and almonds.
Even high-fiber whole-wheat or multigrain bread can contribute to bloating, says Garcia. Feed your carb cravings with sweet potatoes, brown or wild rice, and wheat-free cereals.