Exercises to Lose Weight

Blast Your Belly, Butt and Thighs in Record Time

Get fit and firm faster—and lose up to 2 sizes by spring!

Tone Every Inch

Blast Your Belly, Butt and Thighs in Record Time  // woman's abs © Thinkstock

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If your New Year's resolution engine needs a little revving—or could use a total jumpstart to get in shape for spring—we’ve got you covered: You can melt fat and slash inches—in under 30 minutes a day. The secret to this lower-body workout: 3-in-1 toning moves that pair resistance bands with dumbbells. (Video: A resistance band workout) Research shows that this killer combo builds strength 3 times faster than dumbbell exercises alone. To speed your slim-down, we've added calorie-torching walking intervals and a few times a week, you'll also do 20 to 30 minutes of whichever type of cardio you like best.

We know this approach works because we tested it on 12 real women for 2 months. Not only did they get stronger and more shapely, they also lost up to 6 pounds in 3 weeks and up to 11 pounds by the end of the program.

Adapted from the book Tone Every Inch (Rodale, 2012) by Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie with the editors of Prevention.

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