How To Get Bikini Ready

21 Aug 2014

I am always asked tips on how to get in shape quickly for bikini season. While I know this post is a bit late (as it’s now late August and many of you have already enjoyed a full summer), I think that these tips will help even if you have a few last days of summer sun.

Tip #1: Do my detox. Okay, okay, I know that sounds like I’m pushing to sell, but truly I’m not. If you have 5 days to spare prior to prancing by the pool/beach, eating clean foods and adding lots of detoxifying ingredients will cleanse your body, leave your skin glowing and get rid of any bloat. The reason I say do my detox is because I see so many girls willing to starve themselves before getting in their bikini and that’s the worst thing you can do. Instead, flood your body with good foods and you will not only feel amazing but you will look the part!

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Tip #2: Drink water. You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again, water helps to clear bloating, increases your metabolism, flushes out toxins from your body/skin leaving you glowing. If you aren’t a fan of water, check out this post.

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Tip #3: Steer clear of bloating foods. This includes white refined grains, which are heavily processed, sugary foods (this means those bagels, pastries, pasta and other ‘beige’ foods), and salt. All of this will add bloat, make it harder to get a flat tummy and will also leave you feel like you have brain fog.

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Tip #4: When exercising, stick with high intensity for shorter periods of time. Gone are the days that you need to hit the treadmill for two hours. I personally swear by doing 20 minute runs which consist of jogging 5 minutes, then using a workout timer on my phone to do sprints of 20 seconds, walk 10. Repeat 1x. This spikes your heart rate and changes the way your body burns calories (a 20 minute HIIT workout will burn more calories for the rest of the day versus two hours on the treadmill at a lower speed).

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Tip #5: Have smaller portions at dinner. This is a super easy way to give yourself a flat tummy the next morning. Now by  no means am I saying to skip dinner altogether, quite the opposite actually. Stick with veggies, protein and good carbs (such as quinoa, lentils, brown rice, chickpeas, etc.), just make sure dinner is the smallest meal of the day. Think of it this way: breakfast is the king, lunch is queen, dinner is the jack. Biggest, medium sized, small.

I hope these tips get you happy & healthy in no time for your bikini beach bod’!

xoxo,

Nikki

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