It happens to everybody. You down a few extra beers with the boys or bypass the gym for a week, and all of a sudden you've put on a few pounds. There's no quick fix when it comes to being fit, but—and don't tell anyone we told you—you may just be able to fake it. Read the tips below, then burn this page.
WHAT TO DO:
To see the biggest turnaround in a short amount of time, Manhattan fitness guru Linda Farrell recommends a high-impact workout comprising moves that work a number of muscle groups continuously for an extended period of time. Start by alternating pushups and standing lunges, followed by pullups to work your back and core. Wrap it up with 20 minutes of cardio—interval training on an elliptical machine is ideal.
WHAT TO EAT:
Add almonds, apples, and >beans to your diet, says David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. All three help fill you up, preventing overeating. Avoid anything high in sodium, which can make you look bloated. Instead, snack on celery, watermelon, or olives—all of which are natural diuretics and help reduce puffiness, making you look more toned.
WHAT TO WEAR:
One of the easiest ways to hide trouble spots is to dress monochromatically in dark colors, says style expert Kathryn Finney, of male-fashion blog seejackshop.com. The trick works because there is nothing to break up the visual field. Finney also recommends avoiding pleated pants at all costs. "Even if you have a fl at stomach, pleats can make you look pudgy," she says. Pants that fall straight from the hip and make you look taller are much more flattering.