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Wouldn’t it be great if you could just message bikini season and ask it to please hold off for just a few months while you finally get on that juice cleanse you bought the ingredients for last summer?

Unfortunately, short shorts and crop tops are coming — whether you’re ready or not. The good news is, you can get yourself ready for all of it without tackling one of those cleanses that leaves you weak and irritable.

Losing a pound a week is a safe goal for long-term weight loss. And you only have to cut 3500 calories out of your diet a week — 500 calories a day — to do so. Setting moderate goals makes it more likely that you’ll stay on track instead of yo-yoing right after you ordered that one-piece cutout suit you want to stunt in.

So try one or more of these changes to your diet, continue to be physically active, and you’ll be celebrating reaching your weight-loss goals sooner than later.

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