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When swimsuit season is just around the corner, it's a good time to put in place a program to trim your belly.

We're not talking about spot reducing (which doesn't work!) by doing 100 nightly sit-ups or buying an expensive belly fat fighting exercise machine.

Conquer Belly Fat for Swimsuit SeasonInstead, here are some sound tips to help guide your program:

1. Measure up. Take out a paper measuring tape and measure the circumference of your belly by holding that tape at the level of your belly button and circling your tummy till the ends of the tape meet each other. Write down the size of your belly in inches. If your waist is greater than 40 inches in men or 35 inches in women, slimming your waist is particularly important as you are at an increased risk of developing health problems. Commit to repeating your waist measurements as you follow the tips below so you can see your waist size shrink and your body get healthier.

2. Eat and drink better. There are easy ways to eat better and cut more calories - without feeling deprived. Pay attention to cutting some liquid calories like soda and alcohol. Feel free to treat yourself to a light beer or some wine on the weekends but try and cut out alcohol drinking on weeknights.

One study had another surprising finding – that people who skip breakfast have more belly fat than people who eat that morning meal on a regular basis. Start your day on the right foot by committing to eat regular meals and planned snacks – ones that are also portion and calorie controlled. This will go a long way toward whittling away at your waist.

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3. Go for the burn. Instead of trying to spot reduce your tummy, the best thing you can do is aerobic-type exercise which helps you burn fat. You can achieve this goal by doing a brisk walking program, biking or working out on exercise machines like the elliptical or Stairmaster, or even jogging. Track the time you spend doing aerobics week to week as this will help you set new goals and encourage you to challenge yourself in new ways.

4. Strengthen that core. Have fun trying out some new fitness tools like a big exercise fit ball or a domed Bosu ball, which are great for doing a core strengthening program in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Both usually come with pictures or even a DVD describing how to use the product to get the most benefits. These tools can really give your stomach-trimming program a big motivation boost.

We hope these four tips will help you focus on the best ways to trim your tummy and get ready for the nice weather ahead.

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