We will be honest, while we do eagerly anticipate those glorious sun filled days spent lounging on the beach in our itty bitty bikini swimwear, to get there we usually resign ourselves to a Spartan like diet in the preparation to baring nearly all. Yes, to look that good there does seem to be a price to pay; yet if you are looking to drop a few extra pounds and truly wow come beach time you may be surprised to know that starvation is not something that needs to fit into the equation. A common misconception is that simply by eating as little as possible and subsisting on leafy bunny like food alone you will lose the most weight in the shortest amount of time. Those crash diets are not only going to leave you a bit foggy and dizzy in the head but with one grumbling stomach too. But did you know that the approach could also be setting you up not only for a later binge but work against your goal at the same time? If you do eat less than roughly 1,200 calories your body goes into a sort of starvation mode, your metabolism slows down to about nil, and you’ll probably be left both irritable and still stuck with those pounds. So here is your no nonsense diet plan to get into that bikini by summer time: 1. Eat breakfast first thing. If you want your metabolism to be running as fast as possible, and more importantly burning off as many calories, you want to supercharge it with a breakfast right when you wake up. A great option is something filling but not packed with calories that also contains a good source of protein which will keep you feeling full the longest. A great choice is a piece of fruit and an omelet packed with veggies. 2. Refuel throughout the day. Keep that metabolism humming throughout the day by splitting your total daily calories into three meals and two snacks; you should be eating about every three to four hours but in smaller amounts. 3. Shave a few calories here and there. To lose one pound a week you would have to cut out about 500 calories a day; that can be done by diet and also by burning some of those off by exercise. Simple changes can really add up; opt for mustard instead of mayo on that sandwich and you could be saving yourself 100 calories for 2 tablespoons. Take that sandwich open faced and ditch the second piece of bread and there is another 120 calories less. 4. Get moving. The best way to lose weight the fastest is to combine a healthy diet with exercise; get in some great cardio activity because each mile run burns about 100 calories!