Kristina Maury graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2007, earning a B.A. in broadcast journalism. She is a member of the Harvard Law School Class of 2011. In her free time she enjoys sampling new dishes, finding time for fitness, and blogging for Diet.com.

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by Kristina Maury, Collegiate Correspondent

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Spring break is just around the corner and whether you plan to cruise to the Caribbean, hit the clubs in Cancun or lounge on the beaches of Florida, you’ll want to be in shape so you can party without the extra pounds.

Although you won’t look like Giselle overnight, if you find yourself trying to scramble to get into shape at the last minute you can make a few changes that should make a noticeable difference in your figure.

Obviously, you’re going to want to restrict your caloric intake but aside from just counting calories you’ll want to focus on what types of calories you’re consuming.

Just say NO to soda and sugary juices (don’t just do this for spring break... make it a habit. Soft drinks contribute to 10 percent of the calories in the American diet. Drink water instead!

Throw out the junk food and stay away from white rice and white bread. Eat foods that are high in fiber (vegetables, oatmeal, brown rice) because they keep you full longer which means you’ll eat less. Also, having five small meals throughout the day is better than 3 large meals.

As for your workout, you’ll definitely want to step it up a notch (or two). I’ve been doing 10 bicep curls, 20 tricep curls, 30 squats, 50 crunches and 40 minutes of cardio four times a week.

Keep in mind that there are great swimsuits out there that flatter every shape and size so don’t despair if you don’t notice much of a difference. Happy spring breaking!

Grade: A+
If you keep up the healthy habits after this spring break they’ll pay off and you won’t have to worry about getting bikini-ready at the last minute when spring break rolls around... next year!

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