If you’re like me and have a beach holiday or two lined up this summer, then you’ll know where I’m coming from when I say that the pressure is on! Since being told by my mum that our holiday to Portugal is booked, I’ve completely given up crisps and chocolate (my two vices) and swapped them for fruit and salad. I’m now more determined than ever to get a flat stomach and firm thighs knowing that they’re going to be on show for everyone to see.
Along with exercising three times a week, there are certain foods you can eat that will help you when it comes to getting that bikini worthy figure. Firstly, you can never drink too much water. Not only is it great for your skin but it also detoxes the body. It helps you lose weight by flushing out the by-products of fat breakdown. Green tea is also great for weight loss as it speeds up your metabolism, try to drink at least two cups a day. I also enjoy peppermint tea as it’s been shown to be great for digestion and it’s a great after meal alternative to desert.
Snack on things throughout the day such as nuts and berries, eating a small amount regularly will keep your energy levels up and your metabolism working fast. Chicken and fish is highly recommended when trying to lose weight, try and steer clear of red meat. Spicy food is great as it speeds up your heart rate, making you burn more calories! That’s good news if you’re a spicy food fan like me.
One of my biggest obstacles in terms of weight loss is portion size. People often under estimate how important it is to get your portion sizes right. Your biggest meal of the day should ideally be breakfast but this isn’t always possible, I personally can’t stomach a lot in the morning. If this is the case then make your lunch the biggest meal and have a smaller dinner. Our portion sizes are supposed to get smaller as the day goes on. I normally load up my plate with food at dinner time but recently I’ve been swapping rice for salad and halving the size of what I would normally eat. I have already noticed a difference in my tummy size and I’m a lot less bloated than normal. I wouldn’t recommend completely cutting carbs out of your diet, but cutting back is a good move if you want to lose weight. Rice is something I used to eat almost daily so cutting it out has definitely made a difference for me.
It’s important to allow yourself a treat once a week because if you don’t then your body will end up craving sweet things more. Depriving yourself now makes it more likely that you will binge later.
Now unfortunately it’s unlikely that you’re going to get in shape without exercise, if only it were possible! My method is the gym but light exercise such as walking and cycling is also fantastic. As long as you keep moving and try to do some intense fat burning such as running at least twice a week then you should see results.
I’m not going to lie and say that it’s easy because it isn’t, but I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when I have a bowl of fruit after dinner as opposed to a bar of chocolate. Good luck!