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    How to Get a Hot Body

    Do you want a nice, toned body for the summer? Are you getting ready to strut your stuff at a pool or at the beach? With a little work, exercise, and discipline, a hot body can be all yours.

    Part 1 of 2: Diet and Sleep

     Eat plenty of healthy foods. Avoid junk food like chips, cakes, pizzas, and ice cream. Your body will thank you. Eat foods high in protein and fiber, and remember to opt for smaller portions. Shoot for 3-4 small meals per day.

    • Fruits and, more importantly, vegetables will keep you from gaining the same gut you are losing in those crunches. Go for vegetables that have lots of color in them: beets, carrots, kale, tomatoes, and broccoli. Combine them in a salad or eat them with hummus if you don't have a taste for them.
    • Don't starve yourself. Starving yourself will actually hurt your chances of losing weight, because your metabolism slows when it doesn't get food. (It's preparing to save more energy.) So eat regular, small portions if you want to lose that extra weight.
    • 2
      Drink water instead of juice or soda, even if it's diet. Although diet soda offers a "zero" calorie alternative to regular soda, it still interferes with weight loss. If you're serious about getting that body looking in tip-top shape, don't drink anything but water. Substituting water for every other drink will drastically lower your caloric intake.
      • The recommended daily intake for women is actually about 2.2 liters, or nine cups.[1] We know that's a lot, and we know how hard it is to lay off those soy lattes in the morning or those juices in the day. But start off slow, and work your way up. Rome wasn't conquered in a day.
      • Cut alcohol out of your diet. This can be a tough one, especially if you're used to drinking that glass of red wine after you come home from work. (We have nothing against red wine, we swear!) Alcohol has lots of calories in it, especially those cosmos. So, even though a glass of wine is healthy for you for other reasons, it's not the greatest way to slim down.
    • 3
      Get more sleep. Sleep is the third part of the puzzle for many looking to lose weight. Many women (and men) go obsessively to the gym, eat like vegetarian monks, and still don't see a reduction in their waist size. Getting a good night's sleep is an important part of shedding those extra pounds.
      • Sleep deprivation hurts your ability to lose weight.[2] This because your body produces the glucose and insulin levels of some diabetics when you don't sleep! So depriving yourself of sleep is a no-no for healthy weight loss.
      • Less sleep kills your motivation to work out and eat well. We've all been there: It's the end of a stressful day at work, we're tired, and we have no energy to do the things we told ourselves we'd do at the beginning of the day. Getting a good night's rest helps keep you energized and motivated, so that when it comes time to hop on the treadmill, you're perky as can be!


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