The Only ‘Bikini-Body’ Advice You Need

Before you rock your bikini and expose more skin than usual| it’s natural to feel a little nervous. If you can relate to this sentiment| then forget what everyone else will be thinking and start focusing on how you want to be feeling. Looking good in a bikini doesn’t necessarily mean having a rock-hard body ¡ª it’s all about your confidence! If you’re tired of being in a cover-up all Summer long| then take these tips to heart the next time you slip your suit on.

Your Suit

While almost no one loves to go swimsuit shopping| it doesn’t have to be such a painful process. Bring a close confidant or trusted friend along for advice| and take a few moments to touch up your hair| shave your legs| and add a little self-tanner. If you feel comfortable in your appearance from the start of this shopping trip| then it will be easier to keep up your confidence once the street clothes come off. Once you’re in the store| grab a variety of suits in tons of sizes and styles to find the best bathing suit for your body. This will not be a quick in-and-out trip; you’re going to need to spend a decent amount of time trying things on to find out what feels best.

Your Diet

A strict| unwavering diet is not sustainable for continued success. Even nutritionist Heidi Skolnik says there’s “nothing pretty [about] looking four pounds thinner because [you] starved yourself the week before.” Instead of keeping a rigid list of foods you can’t have before you sport a bikini| focus on what you can (and should) enjoy all the time: clean| unprocessed whole foods. If you’re one day out from the beach and in a bind| then try our one-day debloating meal plan full of fresh| satisfying recipes. You can’t make a huge change overnight| but choosing foods that serve your body will help you feel lighter the next day.

Your Posture

Good posture is not only essential for your spine’s health| but it can also help you look 10 pounds thinner. If you know you tend to slouch| then visualize your new posture not like the letter “C” but more like the letter “S.” Untuck your pelvis| engage your abs| and drop your shoulders back and away from your ears. This physical shift in your stance is a great tip not only for wearing a bikini but also for looking and feeling more confident wherever you are!

Your Attitude

If you’re committed to seeing big changes in your body| then start an exercise regimen at least six weeks out. But when you’re not trying to take off extra pounds| that’s cool| too! Bikini season is full of certain stresses| but remember that it’s also a blast. So many months out of the year we’re bundled up indoors| doing our best to stay warm. Summer is all about sunshine| warm weather| and taking time to relax. With so much pressure to look perfect in a bikini| the best thing you can do is take a step back and chill. Recognize that while outside sources are sending specific messages| you are the only person who can change the way you feel about your body.

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