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Quick Bikini Bod

According to Fitness magazine, almost 50 percent of women said they would be more comfortable strutting around in a two-piece if they could lose 20 pounds. While it’s true that diet is the primary means of weight-loss, you don’t have to go on a water-fast to slim down.

Herein are secrets to short-term belly shrinkage that don’t require a personal chef or hard-to-find Brazilian super-fruits. Though nutritional counseling with a professional can't hurt either.

Banish Salts

Sodium encourages your body to retain water. The result? You look and feel bloated. One easy way to reduce your salt intake is to replace carbonated beverages with water. Another trick is to incorporate potassium-rich fruits and vegetables, like bananas, cantaloupe and asparagus, into your diet, which help to literally flush excess salts down the toilet in your urine.

Cut Cocktails

Alcohol is an empty source of calories, and a huge one at that. A Long Island iced tea, for example, can pack in more than 750 calories. Sugary margaritas are even worse for your waistline, with as many as 900 calories in a salt-rimmed glass. Additionally, alcohol causes bloating, upsets blood sugar levels, and has yet another side effect: It lowers your inhibitions, making that cheesy pizza pie look extra mouth-watering.

Load Up on Veggies

Not only are vegetables low in calories; they’re also loaded with water. Snack on greens that contain high levels of thirst-quenching H20, like broccoli and spinach, to lose weight. Aim for those vegetables with high levels of vitamin C, like broccoli, since this important nutrient can also give your skin a healthy glow.

Curb Carbs

Low-carb diets, along with the newly popular gluten-free diet, are all the rage thanks to devoted celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah and tennis pro Novak Djokovic. That’s because banning carbs can result in a 10-pound weight loss in just two weeks, say many a dieter on Atkins. Know that the weight won’t stay off unless you continue to ban your carbohydrate intake.

Try a Cleanse

Cleanses, such as the 21-day Master Cleanse and the three-day BluePrint Cleanse, aren’t primarily intended for weight loss. Limiting your diet to 1,200 calories a day, however, will inevitably result in a slimmer shadow. Remember, exercise is not recommended during most cleanses, so check with your preferred brand before hitting the gym on empty.

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