Look and Feel Better in Your Bikini in 7 Days

In a week’s time you’ll be sipping margaritas by the beach on your holiday. But oops, the diet you were supposed to start erm, eight weeks ago, got flushed down the loo. And now you’re dreading the thought of having to slip into your bikini after months of ‘pre-winter’ binge eating. Sound familiar? Don’t fret! We’ve got seven ways you can look better in your bikini in just 7 days! Pre warning: you’ll have to make some sacrifices – but in a week’s time it’ll totally be worth it.

ACV

Feeling like a bloated mess? Lucky for you, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most effective ways to relieve gas, bloating and heartburn. Simply dilute a tablespoon of ACV in some water before a meal, and drink up! The vinegar’s enzymes slow down the gastric juice production and start flushing away the bloat. For more info, click here.

No dairy

A large portion (75% to be exact) of the world’s population can’t break down lactose (that’s the sugar found in milk). Which is why many feel feel belly discomfort after eating dairy – if this isn’t you, it doesn’t mean that your tummy isn’t working overtime to digest that lactose. Try cutting out dairy from your diet for a week, and you’ll instantly see changes.

No bread but heaps of fibre

We don’t need to give you a lecture on how bad white bread is for you. But, we will suggest you cut it out for the week, and all bread for that matter. Carbohydrates cause bloating by retaining water, which makes it difficult for your tummy to digest. Instead, opt for gut-loving fibre found in nuts and quinoa. Quinoa’s main nutrients include fibre and potassium, both of which are important for de-bloating. You can also snack on fiber-rich foods like avocado, raspberries, chia seeds and pears. Don’t cave into your bread-cravings!

Soak in a Sauna

Sitting in a sauna for at least 20 minutes is a trick many fitness models use right before photo shoots! Why? The weight that is lost through (crazy) sweating in a sauna is water weight. So you’ll feel lighter the moment you walk out!

Limit your sodium intake (and avoid refined sugars!)

Did you know an excess of sodium leads to water retention (i.e a flabby belly!). By minimizing your intake of processed/packaged foods (refined sugars!)- and you know the added salt – you’re allowing your body to release some of that water that’s been building up. The result? A flatter tummy! 

P.S. Do your best to purchase organic ingredients. This way you know they are as close to their natural state as possible.

Portion control

We hate to break it to ya – but the reason you’re feeling full and bloated could be your portion sizes #sorrynotsorry. If you find that you’re constantly feeling stuffed after a meal, go easy on the portion sizes. Try chewing slowly, or much on healthy snacks during the day so you’re not chowing down your meal come dinner time.

P.S. Love Asparagus? Asparagus encourages digestive health by stimulating the growth of good bacteria in your body. So why not add it to your meals during the week!

Exercise erryday

We don’t need to tell you how important it is to work up a sweat. But in fact, regular exercise promotes belly fat loss. How? (Click here to find out more) By promoting circulation, food keeps moving through your digestive tract which prevents bloating. Also, by working up a sweat, you’re actually releasing bodily fluids that also add weight.

Avoid caffeine

We all love coffee. But if you’re trying to de-bloat, it’s best to avoid it. See, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which can cause your stomach to produce excess stomach acid. Excess stomach acid can contribute to bloating, cramping, or even worse ulcer formation. If you still need a caffeine hit in the a.m. opt for green tea which has a lesser percentage of caffeine.

P.S. Cold nights? Peppermint tea can help reduce any gas that’s trapped in your tummy.