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November 8, 2007

4 Weeks to a Better Body

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Target your trouble spot
"Think of this as work-on-your-weakness day," says Kirsch.

What to do:

  • 20 minutes of cardio activity

  • "Then, if your arms need more sculpting than other areas of your body, repeat Tuesday's workout. If your back and shoulders feel especially weak, do Wednesday's workout. If your butt, legs, and abs need even more work than they got on Monday and Thursday, do Monday's workout again," says Kirsch. "This way, you won't be repeating the same moves you did yesterday, which can be tough on your muscles."

    What to eat:
    Want to drop a few pounds, too? Here are some things to consider when planning your meals this month:

  • Do make lean protein the main part of lunch and dinner.
  • Do pick dark leafy greens, such as spinach, when choosing vegetables, instead of starchy potatoes.
  • Do avoid alcohol, which contains a lot of sugar, whenever possible.
  • Don't consume too many high-calorie tropical fruits, such as pineapples, bananas, and coconuts.
  • Don't indulge in a lot of sugary desserts. Try satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit sorbet.

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