It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, no, it’s…bikini season.
If seeing yourself a swimsuit makes you want utter profanities (or strangle that hot bitch rocking the g-string), cool your jets. While you may not be able to wave your magic wand over those love handles, you can prep for a day at the beach (OK, the neighbor’s slip ‘n’ slide ) by eating like a smarty and avoiding certain things in the days before you rock that itsy-bitsy ensemble.
When there’s a will to strut your stuff proudly, there’s a freakin’ way.
Tip #1: Avoid carbonation. Drink water and avoid the carbonated drinks. The air gets ingested in your mouth and goes right to your digestive system. It’s no fun being a big, bloated mess.
Tip #2: Eat natural diuretics. Wonder why you keep getting asked when your due date is? Balance your fluid levels with diuretics like green tea, cranberry juice and dandelion tea. Reduce bloating by eating watermelon, celery, parsley, watercress, tomato, cucumbers, asparagus, cantaloupe and beets. They are natural diuretics and will help flush your system of all the nasty crap, leaving your tummy flatter.
Tip #3: Get to know pectin. The pectin found in apples and berries helps prevent your body from absorbing too much fat and is an appetite suppressant. An apple a day keeps you from bingeing at the party table buffet.
Tip #4: Some like it hot. Try spices like cardamom, cayenne pepper, hot mustard and ginger in your food to help boost metabolism and burn the fat. Burn, baby, burn!
Tip #5: Fiber up. Eat foods rich in fiber like oatmeal and nuts to help prevent your body from storing fat. Fiber will also keep you full longer, which prevents the need to eat as much and, consequently, bear a food baby in front of your crush.
Tip #6: Work out. Maybe it’s mostly psychological, but getting in a good bout of cardio and strength right before you suit up will also make your body look more toned and defined. Plus, it’ll give you that flushed, sexy glow.
Surf’s up, bitches.