It may be hard to believe, with Christmas barely behind us and Nashville currently experiencing seasonally chilly weather, but it's already time to start getting ready for bathing suit season! The truth is that if you really want to look your best at the pool or beach this summer, you need more than just a couple of weeks to prepare. Here are some steps to begin taking now, so you can look and feel amazing when the temperatures warm up:

Adjust your diet:

If you are hoping to slim down before you shimmy into that two-piece, make some tweaks to your eating habits now. As you probably know, if you lose a lot of weight quickly, you're unlikely to keep it off for long. Dropping pounds slowly over the next several months, on the other hand, will set you up for long-term success and prevent yo-yo dieting. 

Exercise:

Even if you aren't planning to lose weight, we all want to look toned and fit when we head to the pool! Consider signing up for a gym class or working with a trainer to incorporate some new strength training exercises into your fitness routine. 

Weigh your options:

While exercise and diet are important components of any wellness plan, some people simply aren't able to achieve the body they desire through lifestyle changes alone. If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, tummy tucks, breast enhancement surgery or other procedures, now is the time to schedule an initial consultation at The Lett Center, the Nashville plastic surgery practice of Dwayne Lett, M.D. Remember that some recovery time is necessary before you can hit the water. Explore your options now, and you'll be ready for bikini season when it's here!