Fake it till you make it

If you feel like you’re nine months pregnant with a holiday-food baby, then you’re like most of us who are ready to jump-start the new year with grand plans of liquid diets and working out as much as they do on The Biggest Loser. Sure, with a lot of hard work you will be able to get back into your jeans from high school even though you graduated in ’93. But in the meantime, here are some tools to give the appearance you’ve shed a few while you are still working hard to get the scale to show the same:

1. Lipo in a Box shapewear. These girdles are much cheaper than lipo, and unlike the medical procedure, if you gain weight back it doesn’t show up in weird places. LipoInABox.com.

2. Hanky Panky lace thong panties. Not sure why this is still something women fight, but VPL (visible panty lines) are not OK, nor will they ever be. Hanky Panky thongs remain a favorite and are surprisingly comfortable with a wide lace band that fits a range of body types. HankyPanky.com.

3. Commando panties. These must-have undies are invisible under everything with seamless edges, leaving “the goods” to the imagination. BareNecessities.com.

4. Squeem lingerie. This compression lingerie touts losing inches in seconds. Plus, it helps alleviate back pain for some users. Squeem.net.

5. Herve Leger dresses. These dresses have become a staple for fashion mavens and Hollywood vixens for their bandage styling that holds you in tight without shapewear. HerveLeger.com.

6. Spanx. I wish I were Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx. She is a nonstop powerhouse of ideas. Aside from her obvious shapewear top sellers, she also makes the Bra-llelujah bra that is insanely comfortable and helps alleviate the look of “back fat.” Spanx for Men, compression T-shirts to help with the dreaded “muffin top,” swimwear, maternity and now activewear, what will she think of next? Spanx.com.

Now, put on your armor and celebrate your lost inches over a cocktail and nachos with friends.

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“My most prized possession is my Street Fighter II arcade cabinet. We met in a corner convenience store on the way to school in 1991 and I’d play against the older kids who’d just kick my ass. They knew the secret moves and wouldn’t tell you how they did it. I’d go to school with no lunch money because I’d drop all my quarters into this game. Then, I finally started to pick it up. Where once I’d miss out on lunch because I had no dough, I’d now miss out on lunch because I’d still be taking on challengers with just one quarter! This game turned a hobby into my passion.