Jenny McCarthy

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There are several indubitable certainties in life. The sun rises in the east. The world is round. Jenny McCarthy kills it in in a bikini.

The Playboy babe turned VH1 talk-show host never met a bikini she couldn't spin into centerfold gold, and with summer just around the corner, the 40-year-old will no doubt keep things sizzling as we head into primo beach-bod season.

So what's her secret to a slammin' bikini body? We recently cornered the blond bombshell at a Durex-hosted cocktail party in downtown Manhattan, where McCarthy was more than happy to spill the beans on how she nails—and maintains—those killer curves.

1. Watch Those Snacks…and When You Eat: "Throughout the summer or leading up to it, snack on fruit—don't snack on chips," advises McCarthy, who cops to a robust hankering for watermelon. "It's a natural diuretic and it fills you up." Equally important, she adds, is when you decide to chow down: "Don't eat past 7 o'clock," she says.

2. Dial Down the Boozy Benders: "Limit your drinking to weekends only," she offers, encouraging folks to adhere to a disciplined regimen when it comes to tripping out on tipples, which can easily add on those extra pounds. "You really wanna cut back on what you put in your mouth."

3. Swap Sun for Spray: In lieu of risking skin damage—or worse—under the sweltering sun, McCarthy recommends a spray tan instead. "I'm nervous with getting too much sun and getting cancer, so they make organic spray tans right now," she says, giving a shout-out to a company called Brown Buns that's owned by her sister. "And so I spray-tan myself, and it's deceiving. It airbrushes you, and you're looking leaner."

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