Follow these 10 nutrition tips to get yourself beach ready this season!
Drink Water, And Lots of it!: Not only is upping the water intake the easiest way to get beach-ready, but it is also the cheapest. Staying hydrated will keep you looking healthy and happy while also giving your metabolism a little boost. For those of you who are not avid water drinkers, adding frozen fruit, mint, etc. is a great way to add a little bit of taste without adding the calories. Aim for a good 7-8 glasses a day!
Cut Down on the Carbs: Carbs are major promoters of water retention, which is exactly what you are trying to avoid when you put on that bikini. Keep your focus on healthy carbs; such as, fruits and veggies! In addition to increasing weight loss, cutting down on carbs can actually reduce your hunger and cravings.
Go for the Anti-Fat Foods: Anti-fat foods are essentially foods that actually burn calories while you’re eating them! For example, celery is a great snack that will fill you up without adding very many calories. A few more examples include other leafy green vegetables such as spinach, apples, and grapefruit, among others.
Skip the Soda: While diet soda may be low on calories, it is a huge contributor to bloating. Even worse, regular soda is packed with sugar and empty calories. Despite the lack of calories and sugar in diet soda, both diet soda and regular soda have actually been linked to gaining weight. Put down the soda and opt for a tall glass of water!
Lay Off Alcohol: It is no secret that alcohol and bloating go hand in hand. Not only do alcohol (such as beer and wine – among others) cause bloating, but they also contain a large amount of calories and actually slow your ability to burn fat efficiently. In addition to the obvious disadvantages that alcohol has on your body to begin with, it has been found that drinking alcohol is actually linked to eating and snacking more, and therefore, consuming more unnecessary calories. Like I said before, opt for a glass of water and reap the bikini benefits.
Green Tea: Green tea is a great way to burn fat. It is loaded with antioxidants and also boosts your metabolic rate, which results in increased fat burning. Even better, studies have shown that fat loss as a result of green tea is seen specifically in the abdomen, making it the perfect addition to your bikini body ready guide.
Up the Lean Protein: While you want to keep your metabolism working quickly, filling up on lean proteins can keep you feeling fuller longer, and therefore, not having the urge to snack. A great example of a lean protein is salmon, which is low on calories, fat, and sodium! Add lean protein to your diet; such as, eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and even some lean red meats to get your body bikini-ready!
Avoid Sodium: Sodium is the number one culprit of bloating, and cutting it out or cutting down on it will make a world of difference when you go to put on that bikini. Try to opt for fresh foods versus canned or processed, as many of those items can contain a large amount of sodium in their ingredients (think twice about that “Healthy Choice” can of soup!) You don’t need to cut it out completely, but avoiding unnecessary sodium will cut down on your water retention and keep you looking slimmer!
Boost Fiber: Keep your metabolism up to speed by boosting your fiber intake to keep you regular. Veggies, fruits, and whole grains are great healthy fiber sources. Berries are full of both fiber and antioxidants; so not only are they great for your metabolism, but the antioxidants help improve blood flow to your muscles!
Relax & De-stress: Beauty sleep is a real thing, and a solid 7-8 hours a night can make a huge difference in keeping your body running and functioning smoothly. In addition to getting enough sleep, cutting down on stress is equally important. Stress is known to trigger fat storage, which is exactly what you want to avoid in bikini season. Find simple ways to reduce your stress; such as, a nice warm bubble bath, yoga, mediation, and anything that gets you feeling relaxed!
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