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Bikini Body Secrets – Part One

You’ve booked your summer holiday and now you want to look good on the beach. Follow these helpful tips from our resident health and fitness guru Brenda to help you get beach ready in time for your holidays.

Forget the word ‘diet’ as if you’re anything like me that word just entices me to run to the treat cupboard. Instead you need to think about eating healthy and getting into shape, this is going to be a lifestyle change. There are no quick fixes, when you change your mind set you are giving yourself a greater chance of success and the results will follow.

The hardest part of achieving that body will actually be doing something about it and getting off your backside.

Be realistic

You need to be honest with yourself, do you need to tone up or lose weight? Remember you don’t need to be stick thin to look good. Set yourself realistic goals, whether this is monthly or fortnightly so you see your progress, this will give you the boost you need to carry on.

The front cover of magazine and newspapers are covered with models and celebrities in their bikinis, but how many of these photos are airbrushed? I’d say almost every one of them. I can honestly say I don’t want to have a celebrity body; I keep fit and eat healthy for me as I believe you need to look and feel good in your own skin, confidence comes from the inside.

Keep a food diary

Did you know that people who keep a food diary lose more weight than those who don’t? Keeping a food diary is a fantastic way to keep track of what you eat, doesn’t forget to include all drinks, alcoholic beverages, sauces and dressings. You will be surprised how many extra calories sneak into your diet. An easy way to do this is to download an app to your phone there are so many free ones available.

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Being fit is not just about how much you weigh, don’t just go by what the scales say. I would recommend that you measure yourself as believe it or not you can actually lose inches without dropping a single pound. The areas I’d suggest measuring are your upper arms, chest, waist, hips, and thighs.

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Make a few simple changes to what you eat and drink

  • Eat food rich in protein such as turkey, fish and chicken as these will help fill you up, build muscle and help maintain the body’s immunity. If you’re a vegetarian try eggs or tofu (and fish, if you eat that too).
  • Switch to whole grain versions of bread, pasta and rice as not only do they provide a good source of fibre they also provide many vitamins and nutrients that are needed for our body’s health and maintenance.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, these are rich in vitamins, help to fill you up and also improve the appearance of your skin.
  • Eliminate sweets and junk food, try to choose healthy options such as vegetable sticks and hummus. If you have a sweet tooth like me opt for dark chocolate as it is filled with antioxidants, which can help lower your blood sugar levels.
  • Limit your alcohol intake as it contains more calories than you think. We all need to let our hair down from time to time so why not choose a dry red or white wine as these have fewer calories than the sweeter versions or choose a spirit with a soda water mixer. Always remember to drink in moderation.
  • Drink plenty of water as this can help to make your skin clearer and also keep you full between meals.
  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many people seem to skip it. Eating breakfast will help jump start your metabolism and provides you with the energy you need throughout the day. If you skip breakfast you’re more likely to overeat at other meals or reach for unhealthy snacks to keep your energy levels up.

Kick start your summer and shape up in Bikini Body Secrets part 2 next month

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