It’s swimsuit season! Chances are that if you are reading this… you are looking for some healthy tips to get bikini ready. If you’ve been in major hibernation mode for the past few months and the thought of baring anything above your ankles fills you with dread, we feel you. So let’s begin! Here are a few tips & tricks to avoid bloating and rock that favorite outfit with confidence:
1. Avoid high sodium foods
Sodium will get your body to hold onto water so ease up on dressings and high sodium condiments like soy sauce and ketchup. If you feel that you have gone sodium overload, grab an potassium rich food like a banana to help balance out your sodium level.
2. Drink lots of water
Experts all say something just a little different on how much water to drink exactly. But, here is the nitty gritty on to determine the amount of water you should drink for your body – take your body weight and divided it in half, and drink that number in ounces. For example if you weight 150 pounds, then you will need to drink 75 ounces of water per day. Active women who exercise on a regular basis will require more water that what the formula provided above.
3. Drink lemon water in the morning
A glass of warm lemon water in the morning will help alkalize your system and get your digestive juices flowing before your first meal, helping your body operate more efficiently. Lemon also offers plenty of peripheral benefits as well. For example, lemons are high in vitamin C and are great for boosting your immune system and getting rid of your bloating problems, which is always necessary when attempting any sort of cleanse.
4. Eat breakfast
Do not skip meals! This is not the time to mess with your metabolism. Instead, start with a superfood smoothie with a protein source, or cut foods that make you bloat. Foods like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and oatmeal can certainly make one bloat so replace these with more water based foods such as – fruits and veggies like cucumbers, watermelon, celery, and red bell peppers.
5. Breakup with carbs
We all love pasta but cutting it out for just a few days is doable. Go for lean proteins instead, such as, beans, poultry and eggs. You may feel hungrier than usual so eat small meals 5 or 6 times a day. Watch your portions!
6. Breakup with alcohol
Alcohol has way too many calories and it causes bloating. Enough said.
7. Take probiotic
Probiotic will help you get rid of extra gas or bloating from your body.
8. Stand up straight
Strut like a model. Stand tall and keep your head held high. Confidence is always key to being beautiful!
9. Have a secret weapon
Many popular diets these days leave you starving, restricting calorie to the point that your metabolism actually SLOWS. But there is a little-known plan called the 2 Week Diet that actually teaches you what to eat and when. This increases your metabolism, allowing you to shed weight and shed it FAST. Those on the diet report losing 12-23 pounds and 2-4 inches in a matter of 2 weeks – all backed by science. Watch this video to learn more about how the 2-week diet works.