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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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Skip The Whipped Cream

Your favorite Starbucks beverage topping can have between 50 and 110 calories depending on the size of the drink you have it on.

Cut this habit out of your morning coffee fix — and scale down a size or ask for your beverage “skinny” — and you can easily cut 500 calories a day from your diet.

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Have Skinny Drinks

A margarita after work can have well over 500 calories depending on the size — and that’s just the first one. If happy hour is your thing, try switching to diet soda with your favorite spirit mixed in to cut down on your calories.

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Leave One-Fourth Behind

If you’re on the daily recommended 2,000 or so calories a day, leaving one-fourth of everything you eat a day on the plate easily adds up to 500 calories.

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Swap Smoothies For Fruit

A morning smoothie can have quite a few calories in it depending on the ingredients. Switch to a piece of fruit and a large glass of water in the morning and you can cut hundreds of calories from your daily diet.

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Watch Your Cooking Oil

Often, one tablespoon has 40 calories or more, especially if you’re using oils like vegetable or canola oil. Coat the bottom of the pan before you cook and you’re easily looking at a lot of calories. Use oil sparingly or switch to nonstick pans or cooking sprays and you can save calories without actually eating less.

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Catch Some Z’s

Don’t get enough sleep and you’re likely to snack more. Sometimes adding up to 1,000 calories a day. Go to bed earlier and you’ll have less time, and no reason, to stay up late snacking.

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Say Goodbye To Soda

One can or bottle has between 120 and 180 calories. Have several a day and you’ll easily drink 500 calories. Switch to sparkling water or flavored seltzer water instead and you’ll be down a pound in no time.

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Drink A Quick Glass Of Water

Have one before you eat anything, and you could eat as much as 75 calories less with each meal and snack.

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Switch To Popcorn That’s Been Air Popped

Like to Netfix and chill with a bag of popcorn after work? The buttered microwave kind can have over 1,000 calories per bag. Switch to air-popped popcorn and you’ll only be eating between 30 and 50 calories per cup.

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Check Your Serving Sizes

We’ve all read the label on our breakfast cereal to know we’re eating about 200 calories per serving. But did you know that a serving is likely only three-quarters of a cup? Fill the bowl up and you could be quadrupling your calorie count without realizing it.

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Do Some Cardio

Burn 500 calories on a treadmill or trail every day — or close to it — and you won’t have to cut so many calories from your meals!

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