Originally published on Blackdoctor.org

If you haven’t noticed, summer will be here any minute, and right about now, you’re probably panicking because those last pesky 10 or 20 pounds still haven’t melted off yet and are interfering with your summer body.

Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of seven helpful tips to whip you into shape just in time for summer.

1. Switch it up.

So, you work out every day for at least a half-hour right before you go to bed.

That’s all fine and dandy, but if you really want to start seeing results, set your alarm so that it goes off 30 minutes earlier than usual and go for a quick run or power walk before you go about your day.

2. Stop skipping breakfast.

You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by dashing out the front door on an empty stomach, but that’s where you’re wrong.

When you skip out on meals, especially breakfast, your metabolism slows down, which makes the weight-loss process that much more difficult.

3. Cut back on alcohol.

I really hate to break it to you, but alcohol is loaded with empty calories and to make things worse, it slows down the fat-burning process. Who wants that when you’re trying to drop the lbs?

4. Eat before you hit the gym.

Eating a little something before you work out helps you retain and build muscle.

5. Do not ignore hunger.

When you start to feel those midday hunger pangs, go ahead and reach for a snack!

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