8 Last Minute Tricks to be Bikini Body Ready – by Rachel Cosgrove

Sorry to break it to you – There is no top-secret fitness program, nutrition plan or magic pill – getting bikini body ready literally starts with the basic programs and nutrition recommendations we write for our members at Results Fitness everyday.

Once you are following the basics, consistently, (click here to learn more about the basics) there are some specific “dial-it-in” strategies you can use to take your body to that next level. Here are some of my specific “dial-it-in” strategies. Some of these tricks will work immediately and you’ll feel a difference right away.

The key to feeling better fast is to drop the layer of water you may be holding that makes you feel puffy, heavier, and squishy all over. You also want to lose fat but you can only safely plan to lose one to two pounds of fat a week. These strategies will increase your fat burning potential and drop the layer of bloat, which can range from a couple of pounds up to as much as 10 pounds, in as little as a few days. Losing this water weight will make you feel better immediately and ready to brave your bathing suit.

1. You must have a motivating goal to give you a powerful reason “why” you should stay consistent. Pick out a goal, a time when you want to feel Bikini Body Ready! One last vacation? A family gathering? Or just spending the final month of summer hanging out poolside looking fantastic!

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2. Drink extra water, the colder the better. Ice-cold water makes your body work harder to burn more calories. Gulp it down like it’s your fat-burning liquid, because it is! To get rid of bloat you have to flush your body with water. Start chugging. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day (if you weigh 140 pounds you should drink 70 ounces of water). Add lemon and cucumber as natural diuretics.

 

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3. Take advantage of natural diuretics such as cucumbers, asparagus, lemon, green tea, and Vitamin C. These foods will help to shed excess bloat.

 

 

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4. Eliminate any processed, starchy carbohydrates. Most processed foods have extra sodium and preservatives that cause you to retain water. This summer commit to eating nonprocessed foods including fruits, veggies, and lean protein. If it has more than a few ingredients – or any anything you can’t pronounce – don’t eat it! Cut back on breads, pastas, bagels, cookies, and crackers.

 

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5. Eat vegetables at every meal and 1-2 pieces of fruit a day. For a smaller waistline, look for foods especially high in carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha carotene, and lycopene. Such foods include kale, spinach, turnip greens, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, collard greens, cilantro, thyme, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, broccoli, watermelon, and apricots.

 

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6. Reduce your consumption of adult beverages. If you have a nightly glass of wine or a pint of beer, cut back to two to three nights a week at the most. When you do enjoy your favorite beverage, sandwich it with a glass of water on either side.

 

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7. Work on your posture. Standing up taller and engaging your core will make you look like you lost 10 pounds. Every 15 minutes, set an alarm for yourself to do a “posture check” to train your body to stand up straight and hold everything in. Once you are strutting your stuff in your bathing suit, you won’t have to think about it – because you will automatically stand up tall.

 

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8. Get your sweat on! That’s right – Don’t skip the gym for the beach! At Results Fitness, we open early, so get in and get it done! Giving a little bit extra to each workout will add up to big results! Don’t hold back on your next workout.

Whether you’re struggling with the basics or getting ready to dial it in, we’re here to help. Click here for more information or call us at 661.799.7900.

 

 

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