Sculpt a cat-walk bikini body in seven days – not possible, right?
Well yes, it’s not but you can make the most of what you’ve got if you only have seven days to do it.
Here are seven top tips to help you hit the beach or poolside with confidence this summer with just seven days of careful preparation.
Drink up but makes sure it’s water only. Not hydrating well can lead to water retention under the skin which can make your body look a little puffy. So drink plenty of water – consume 2 litres daily as an absolute minimum and if you’re active and love to hit the gym or pound the roads then endeavour to drink around 5 litres daily, sipped at regular intervals throughout the day.
Definitely ditch the favourite diuretics such as caffeinated drinks and alcohol. However, be careful of the crash from cutting out coffee all of a sudden. If you are a caffeine addict – it’s best to plan the abstinence in advance and steadily wean yourself off it. Ditch diuretics for seven days and you will achieve results. Not only will you appear slimmer but your body will look more toned due to increased water reserves below your muscles which presses them outwards and adds definition.
Sleep baby sleep
Getting at adequate sleep can speed up your metabolism and, of course, make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. If you routinely don’t get the eight hours of sleep which is recommended, then start doing to do so and it will certainly help you to start shaping up. Medical studies have shown that if you aren’t getting enough sleep then you tend to eat more and – coupled with a slower metabolism – that will inevitably lead to weight gain.
Cutting out carbohydrates for a few days can’t be all that hard but can make a huge difference to your body. If your body is reliant on carbs for energy then switching to a diet of protein, clean fats and greens for a week can help you to burn fat for energy. Eating less high sugar fruits and only eating them early in the day to give your body time to digest them can also help in your slimming blast. Using Juice Plus+ can be a perfect way to supplement your fruit intake to ensure you are getting well above your recommended daily allowance.
Up the intensity of your workouts and boost your metabolism even further. High intensity interval training (HIIT) will help you beat the flab quickly and tone your body. It may not work miracles in seven days but get started and you will see a difference. Don’t forget to get down for a short blast of push-ups before hitting the beach or poolside to give you that wow-factor pump.
‘Na’ to sodium
Say no to sodium chloride (NaCl) as salt leads your body to retain water. Ditch the salt and lose a few pounds of retained water right away.
It’s only a week so say no to all the things that your mind tells you really want. Don’t blow out on Friday’s with ice cream or sit down to a Saturday night movie with a bar of chocolate or glass of wine. Stick to the plan and hit the beach with a look and feel of confidence, knowing you did the best you could. Stay strong, look strong – oh, and don’t forget to smile and relax, you’re on your holidays.