No More Cover-Ups
"No question about it," Katz says, "laser is the answer."
With laser hair removal, you don't get these pesky, painful ingrown hairs that come with waxing and shaving, especially in the bikini area, he says. "Shaving or waxing takes the hairs off the surface, making it more likely that they will grow beneath the surface, but laser zaps the hair at its root -- stopping it from growing inside and out," he says.
Here's how: For a bicep curl, bend your elbows to lift the weight to shoulder height. Then lower to starting position with extended, but not locked, elbows. For tricep curls, start sitting with your elbows pointing to the sky, and the weights behind your head, then slowly lift them until your arms are straight, then lower them.
Don't fall for fad diets and all their promises, says Christopher Still, DO, director for the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management for the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Penn. Even if they do work, the quick results are not sustainable, he tells WebMD.
Instead, avoid drinking any unnecessary calories from fruit juices and sugary sodas.
"Choose noncaloric beverages and increase physical activity by five minutes a day," he says. "These two quick things can cut hundreds of calories per day while upping the amount of calories we burn," he says. The result? A thinner, leaner you.
More Natural Self-Tanners
Today's self-tanners give more natural-looking results, Katz says. Newer products deliver even, natural color in just 30 minutes compared with older self-tanners. Since the color develops so quickly, missed spots and streaking can be quickly corrected.