05/22/2013 04:09 EDT

Harley Pasternak's Fitness And Diet Tips For Summer

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Summer may be bikini and beach season, but it's also a good time for us to hit our body's restart button.

Celebrity trainer and author of The Body Reset Diet, Harley Pasternak, says we don't have to wait for New Year's to make a fresh start.

"Reset your metabolism, your appetite, your palette, your digestion and learn how to make simple quick meals," he tells The Huffington Post Canada.

Yes, warmer weather often calls for indulgent barbecues and "refreshing" desserts, but summer also offers plenty of healthy seasonal foods like peaches, cherries, green beans and raspberries.

Pasternak's book focuses on a 15-day weight loss regime that includes a diet of smoothies and eating high-fibre foods. He notes that people tend to go overboard with "beating the bulge" and rely on fad diets too often.

"We're desperate for something that will work. We want results and we want them now. Many mainstream diets work for a short while…but most set you up for rapid weight gain shortly after," he says.

Instead, stick with the basics: combine healthy eating with exercise and go at a pace comfortable for you. And yes, don't be afraid to sneak in an ice cream cone every once in a while.

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