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Living a busy life like we all do in the modern world, it’s no surprise there’s not enough time to take care of our bodies and diet properly. And even if you do, there are still things that can be done to improve your bikini look especially when summer is approaching. After reading these suggestions, you’ll be surprised how much you can do with controlling your diet. Not only will you look different, but you will feel your confidence boost as you take things in your own hands.

#1 Bloating

This is probably the most uninvited visitor when it comes to looking fit in your newest one-piece swimwear. However, there’s a strategy for keeping this unpleasant visitor away and it doesn’t involve much effort. Firstly, if you don’t want your belly looking like you’re 4-months pregnant, you’ll want to avoid eating vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale. Another gas-causing pest are legumes like beans, lentils and stuff like that. You should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages days before getting into a bikini since it also causes bloating. On the other hand, there are foods good against bloating so include cucumber, bananas and yogurt with probiotics in your diet to keep that belly nice and flat-looking.

#2 High-sodium foods

You would be surprised if you knew how much food out there contains too much salt which is a bikini body enemy. Avoid salty food like sauces, salty cheeses, even some baked goods like doughnuts and cakes or at least keep them to a minimum. If you do eat high-sodium food than at least drink plenty of water to flush it out.

#3 Make water your best friend

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help your digestion, make your skin softer and shinier and it’s good for your metabolism. Just be sure the water you drink is good-quality water. It might seem like the most natural thing, but drinking water regularly is a big obstacle to some people. For those of you who just can’t make yourselves do it, hack yourselves into it. Try sipping from a straw to make it more fun, or eating watery fruit, or drinking herbal tea. When there’s a will, there is a way!

#4 Fruit and veggies

These are not only good against bloating or for supporting your water intake, but also contain minerals and vitamins that will keep you energized. Fibers are good for the stomach and raw fruit and vegetables can also make your skin look shiny. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are also great for the skin.

#5 Don’t touch that candy!

It goes without saying that sugar is a major no-no if you’re determined to bring your body in a bikini acceptable state. Apart from the obvious sugar-containers, look out for the hidden ones in barbecue sauce, Chinese takeout or even bread. Always inspect the label for sugars and ‘ose’ guys like glucose, lactose, fructose, which are all forms of sugar.

Finally, here’s a suggestion of a 7-day diet plan to follow, apart from regular sleep and exercise you should do every day (walking, aerobics):

7 day meal plan
7 day meal plan