The weather is starting to improve, and it will soon be bikini season. Whether you are planning a big exotic break, looking forward to days on the beach with friends and family, or just planning a relaxed summer at home, reading in the park, and drinking cocktails in your garden, you’ll want to feel confident in your bikini. Getting bikini ready now means that by the time you strip down to your swimwear, you’ll be happy in your skin, you won’t be worried about how you look, or what other people think of you, and you’ll be able to enjoy the season, without always trying to cover up or hide away.
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Fall in Love with Yourself
Have you ever noticed that the people that look the best, or at least the most comfortable on the beach, aren’t necessarily the people that society would consider to be the slimmest, or have the best bodies? The people that we notice, and are envious of, are often the people with the biggest smiles, who are enjoying themselves without worry.
A big part of being bikini-ready isn’t your weight or your body shape, but your self-confidence. Take some time to think about what you like about yourself, focus on positivity, and make sure you are surrounding yourself with positive people.
Ditch the Scales
The scales can be helpful in some cases, but they can also be frustrating, and lead to unhealthy obsessions. Often, we feel better about our bodies, and even achieve healthier sizes and shapes, when we ditch the scales and set more positive goals, like exercising more often, enjoying more time outdoors, and eating more fruit and vegetables. Try to think about what you can gain, instead of obsessing over the weight that you want to lose.
Take a Look at Your Diet
What, and how much, we eat is another element of both how we look and how we feel. Making changes to your diet can help you to lose belly fat, look less bloated, have more energy, and feel more confident. Instead of calorie counting and reducing, try to focus on eating the right foods, with lots of protein to help you to feel full and build muscle, and less saturated fats and refined sugars.
Try Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is a fantastic way to lose weight and tone up, without having to give up the foods that you love. Try to only eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Listen to your body and your cravings but try to practice moderation.
Get Some Help
Dieting and eating the right foods isn’t always easy. If you find it hard to know what’s good for you and what isn’t, a nutritionist can be a big help, and if you feel like you can’t lose weight even though you are doing all of the right things, supplements can help you to trim down before your next trip.
Dieting alone won’t help you to look and feel your best. Regular exercise helps to burn calories, tone muscles, and improve your mental health. Try to get into good habits, with some exercise every day, and remember to add some strength training as well as cardio for the best results.
You’ll never feel confident in your bikini if your skin is lined, sore, and has discolored patches. Wearing sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy or cool, will help to keep your skin plump and youthful, which is one of the best ways to look great in a bikini.
Remember, any body in a bikini, is a bikini body. Take some time to shop for a bikini that you love, trying on different styles and shapes until you find something that suits your body, and helps you to feel fantastic.