Whether you are looking forward to the next summer holiday or a winter break
somewhere sunny, It might not be too long before you could be unveiling yourself
on the beach, so many of us need to get rid of any wobbly bits that we've been
hiding during the cold months.
No matter what the time of year, it's easier than ever to incorporate more fresh fruit, veg and salads into your diet, which is good for your health and waistline. Also increasing your exercise can be done even when it's wet and windy - walking part of the way to work or taking a stroll round the park at lunchtime can be a pleasant change, and will help you lose weight and increase your metabolism.
The whole essence of the Bikini Diet is to embrace the holiday mood of the seaside : eat lots of fresh fish, leafy green salads, spend as much time as you can outside - walking, cycling, swimming.
If you are hungry in between meals use fresh fruit as a healthy vitamin filled snack. Keep slices of melon, small clusters of grapes, juicy sweet satsumas, strawberries and chunks of fresh pineapple chilled in the fridge.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and keep that image of you in your new swimsuit firmly in mind. You can and will achieve the shape you want, and enjoy your summer holidays even more after a few weeks on the bikini diet.
Follow the Bikini Diet for the next few weeks and you will feel more confident on the beach. Don't set your target too high, so it is unobtainable and you end up disappointed - set yourself a realistic goal. Whatever your size you should be able to lose some weight before your holiday and feel healthier, more confident and energetic.
Try to stick to 3 meals every day with only healthy snacks in between. Most people find eating every 4 hours or so keeps the hunger pangs at bay, and stops you falling prey to temptation. As with most diets it is important to plan ahead and have everything to hand. To lose around a pound a week, you will need to cut about 500 calories a day.
Choose from one of these tasty options to get a good start to your day
Porridge - (1 ounce of porridge oats will make a good portion). Use mainly water with just a splash of milk - porridge is a good source of fibre and an excellent slow-release food. Add vitamins and health improving anti-oxidants with a portion of juicy blueberries, or any other fresh berry of your choice,i.e raspberries, strawberries
Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs beaten (season with freshly ground black pepper and salt) and cook on a gentle heat with a dash of semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, serve on one slice of high fibre wholewheat toast. Try not to butter the bread - you won't notice with the moist eggs on it. Add vitamins with a tomato (raw or grilled). To make it even more tasty add a handful of finely chopped spring onions to the egg mix before cooking. The addition of a little smoked salmon makes this a low calorie feast, full of Omega 3 fatty acids and plenty of protein to stop hunger pangs.
Yoghurt and fruit - choose a light low-fat yoghurt and mix with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or slices of fresh peach or nectarine. A few slices of banana are nice, but be wary about eating too many bananas as they have a higher calorie content. A pinch of toasted seeds or nuts givesthe yoghurt mix an extra bite.
Kipper or smoked haddock - grill or steam, and serve with
a slice of fresh brown wholewheat bread.
High sugar breakfast cereals - they'll taste good but leave you feeling hungry in a short while, and the risk is that you'll find yourself reaching for more high calorie snacks to match the sugar high.
Large portions - measure your cereal carefully to avoid too many carbs.
Refined sugar and syrups - use a sprinkle of natural brown sugar or tsp of honey if you can't eat cereal without sweetening.
Refined white bread - it won't satisfy like wholewheat bread will.
Jacket potato - keep away from adding butter or cheese and instead choose baked beans, toasted seeds, cottage cheese, cooked prawns, roasted peppers or fresh herbs. This lunch is full of fibre and vitamins - King Edward potatoes are crisp outside and fluffy inside when baked and a good choice.
Vegetable soup - avoid creamy soups and opt for tomato based soups. Home-made tastes best - make a big batch and freeze individual portions. Add rice noodles to feel more satisfied.
Big leafy salad - choose a mix of any of the following as
a base: baby spinach, rocket, watercress, chicory, cos, little gem and add
tasty cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, blanched french beans, fresh
peas, sliced chestnut mushrooms, black (stoned) olives, anchovies, sliced peeled
Mix salad with either strips of lean ham, cooked lean smoked bacon, chicken, turkey, cooked prawns, hard boiled egg, avocado, salmon, smoked trout, smoked mackeral or tuna. Jazz up a low-calorie salad dressing by adding freshly chopped herbs and crushed garlic - use sparingly.
Omelette - use 2 beaten eggs with seasoning and pack with lots of tasty veg, like mushrooms (dry fry these first until they warm through), asparagus (steam first), oven roasted peppers, or mixed fresh herbs.
Wholegrain sandwich - use 2 slices of wholegrain bread and fill with lean meat, mackeral, sardines, tuna and dark leafy green salad (try rocket it has a lovely peppery bite to it). Add juicy tomatoes and cruchy cucumber. A smear of low calorie mayonnaise can be good.
Grilled fish - sardines, mackeral and salmon are teeming with Omega 3 oils, and are juicy and delicious. Serve with a small portion of new potatoes, brown rice or a portion of wholegrain bread. Add any vegetable you fancy or add a crisp leafy green salad.
Grilled chicken - serve a chicken breast with grilled mixed peppers, mushrooms, chillies, onions. Add brown rice, wholegrain pasta or new potatoes and vegetables or a green salad.
Baked fish - make a parcel using greaseproof paper of sliced veg, such as leeks, peppers, asparagus, mangetout, french beans and lay the fish on top, season with dill and a squeeze of lemon juice and/or white wine. Squeeze the paper's ends together to make a parcel, and place in tinfoil and again pull corners together. Bake in the oven at 350 F/180C/ gas Mark 4 until the fish is cooked through. Make sure you pour all the lovely juices over the fish when serving. New potatoes are a good accompaniment with this dish.
Too many carbs after 6pm
Rushing your meal - chew everything slowly and enjoy the taste
Watching tv whilst eating - try and make an occasion of it by sitting at a
you increase your exercise whilst you are reducing your calories you will speed
up your weight-loss. If you combine fat-burning aerobic exercise with toning
or resistance exercise you will build muscle and tone your body. Whenever you
go out try to become more active: