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Your Dream Body: Real Shortcuts From Top Experts

Boost your confidence now with these beat-the-clock secrets from top experts.

You may not have the time (or money) to do a two-hour workout, hire a personal chef and devote endless hours to primping. So we rounded up the experts to spill their personal shortcuts to looking -- and feeling -- your best. With these beat-the-clock secrets, you’ll feel more confident and wonder what to do with all that newfound free time.

1. Eat more.

Noshing more often is one of the most effective ways to control your weight, says Leslie Dantchik, a nutritionist and author of AlphaBitesNYC.com. While it may sound counterintuitive, eating consistently also helps you avoid overeating, and smaller meals help maintain blood sugar and energy levels.

2. Find the right bra.

A properly fitting bra will lift breasts, making you instantly appear taller and thinner, says Susan Nethero, owner of Intimacy Boutiques. The right support can also make back fat disappear instantly, since bulges are commonly caused by ill-fitting bras.

3. Get a brighter smile.

Fact: People with white teeth have more self-confidence. Improve your smile and self-esteem with whitening strips. They effectively deposit hydrogen peroxide onto the enamel in no time. Choose products with 10 percent of the active ingredient.

4. Maintain your perfect smile.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and use a rubber-tipped gum stimulator to keep stains from building at your gum line, advises Hugh Flax, a dental surgeon. Also limit stain-makers like blueberries, red wine and coffee -- if you can’t avoid them, swish water or brush your teeth right after having them.

5. Paint your lips red.

Choose lip shades that make your teeth appear whiter, including colors with blue undertones, such as punchy berries and deep cherries. And stick to glosses versus matte finishes. “A little shine can distract from a less-than-desirable smile,” advises celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow, whose clients include Claire Danes and Rachel Weisz.

6. Make a smoothie.

Homemade fruit shakes are an easy way to get two to three servings of fruit plus calcium in a single drink, says Dantchik. Check out yummy smoothie recipes now.

7. Get a glow on.

Kelly Osbourne swears by the body-slimming effects of self-tanner, which can camouflage bumps and other skin inconsistencies. Be sure to exfoliate and dry skin before applying to avoid looking orange and streaky. And look for a product that gives you instant color upon application -- it’s convenient and helps you find any missed spots.

About the Writer
Anne Marie O’Connor
 has been writing and editing for 13 years. She has covered health, beauty, fashion and lifestyle for such national titles as SHAPE, Fitness, InStyle, Allure and Glamour. She is a frequent contributor to Completely You.
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