Getting Beach Sexy: Flatter Tummy Tips And The Best Beachwear For Your Shape
Summer is finally here, and it’s time to bare some skin! This can be a source of stress for a lot of us, but before you start to panic, there are still some quick-fire ways to banish the bloat and get a flatter tummy in time for that beach holiday.
Cut the salt
Women often carry a lot of water weight, which can be a cause of bloating around the tummy area. This isn’t actually fat, but simply water retention. Diets that are high in salt and processed food are not only bad for your heart, but can also be a significant cause of extra water weight. Thankfully this problem can be fixed relatively quickly.
Firstly, you must cut your salt intake. The recommended daily allowance for adults is just 6g a day. Most of us go way over this. High levels of salt are commonly found hiding in processed foods, as well as foods like bacon, cheese, and even stock cubes.
Drink more water!
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the best way to get rid of your extra water weight caused by salt is to drink plenty of water! Water is a natural diuretic, and so the more you drink, the more you will flush your system through. You’ll also be killing two birds with one stone, as drinking at least two litres of water a day will give you fabulous summer skin too!
Give yourself an extra chance of losing the bloat by drinking dandelion tea, which is also renowned for its diuretic qualities.
Eat your way to a flatter tummy
During the summer, it is important to make smart food choices if you want a flat tummy. Instead of eating three large meals a day, try to eat five small meals of around 200-300 calories. This will give your body time to digest the meals and won’t make you feel lethargic.
You should also boost your body’s need for a speedy metabolism, so just get up and move! This is an excellent way of keeping your metabolism working, and you will burn off those calories.
Try to go for foods that are unprocessed and unrefined too. For example, almonds are high in antioxidants and are high in protein fibre. This is great for filling up, without filling out.
Dress right for your shape
Let’s face it, we haven’t all been blessed with a supermodel body. The thought of wearing swimwear in public can be daunting, so it’s important to dress for your shape. Here are some great tips to ensure that you make the most of what you’ve got.
If you are… pear shaped
Pear shaped women are heavy on the bottom half, often with thick legs and hips, and a large bottom. Therefore, it’s a great idea to draw attention to the top half of your body. Bikini tops with ruffles or interesting details will draw the eye upwards, and a bandeau top can broaden your chest which helps to balance you.
If you are… apple shaped
Apple shaped women need help synching in their waist, to create more of a womanly shape. Make the most of your slim legs by choosing high cut bikini bottoms, and pair them with a tankini, which is perfect for covering a larger tummy.
If you are… athletic
Athletic women tend to have boyish shapes, and therefore need to add the optical illusion of curves. You can achieve this by braving a Brazilian brief, or if you can’t quite drum up the courage for these, girlie prints and embellishments will give you a more womanly appearance.
If you are… hourglass
Women who have hourglass figures should definitely show of their small waists. Halter neck bikinis with low cut string bottoms will enhance those curves.
Whatever your shape, you need to give yourself the best chance of looking beautiful on the beach by eating the right foods. If all else fails, and you’re still not feeling very confident, a simple sarong can hide a multitude of sins!
Hayley Hillard regularly blogs on behalf of Lucy Mecklenburgh’s Results with Lucy, an online fitness video subscription service that was founded and is promoted by the Only Way is Essex star. As an integral part of the Results with Lucy team, she’s a health and fitness fanatic and loves writing about the latest tips and trends.