Nervous about hitting the beach? 10 tips to boost your body confidence
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It’s a matter of weeks (or maybe even days) before the summer holidays hit – and if you’re not feeling overly confident about getting into a bikini, we wouldn’t blame you. There’s still time, though. Fiona Kirk, nutritionist and author of 2 Weeks in the Fast Lane, has offered us her tips on how to get yourself ready for the beach when time is super-tight and you might feel that desperate measures are required. Also, Fiona’s tips allow for a little holiday indulgence – so you won’t feel the pressure to leap into a crazy crash diet to undo the damage when you get back home. She says: “Many of us are guilty of leaving it too late, but all is not lost. We can shed a few pounds fast as long as we avoid the temptation to go mega low on calories. The semi-starve route may result in us hitting the beach day one feeling lighter and leaner but as soon as we start to relax into a holiday and enjoy ourselves, the iron discipline wavers and the pounds invariably pile back on. “The most frustrating thing about many quick fix diets is that they invariably involve copious amounts of calorie counting, require that you stick like glue to the ‘rules’ and it’s often impossible to continue with a prescriptive plan whilst on holiday, so things tend to go a bit pear-shaped. “Holidays are all about having fun but sticking with the basic principles of my super fast diet is pretty stress-free and if you find time before you go to ensure you have a few meals in the freezer for your return home, those few days of throwing caution to the wind on holiday won’t cause any lasting damage.” Here’s what to do… • Eat (and enjoy!) 2 or 3 filling and satisfying meals a day, resulting in plenty of nourishment, increased fat burning and little or no hunger and cravings. • Eat meals when you are actually hungry, rather than adhering to the classic breakfast, lunch and dinner mantra. You’ll eat less in a day without really being aware that you are.
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