How to prep for bikini season!

bikini season, weight loss, summer cleanse, lose weight fast, healthy diet, slim down, tone up, get fitThe warm weather is upon us–finally! I don’t know about you, but I was getting sick of the dreary weather and ready to shed some layers.

Shedding layers usually means showing more skin. And showing more skin can be terrifying if you’re not feeling great about how you look.

What generally happens for most women is they realize they need to be in a swimsuit in a few months and go on a dieting frenzy. This diet frenzy tends to include being extremely strict about what you eat, often skipping meals, obsessively working out, and looking for the latest quick fix.

Please stop the crazy. You’re not crazy. What IS crazy is the diet cycle you put yourself on every spring. It’s completely unnecessary and I promise you, there’s a better way.

My goal is to finally get you off that crazy diet train and learn how to always look and feel good, while still eating chocolate (like I’m doing as I write this post).

Alright, so the winter months are tough. I get it. You end up eating a bit more sugar than you’d like and because of the cold weather, you might not be as active. It’s totally normal for you to gain a few pounds here or there. But before I get into my tips to prep for bikini season, I want you to know that I also gain a few pounds each winter. And some days I get annoyed with my cellulite. Or wish I didn’t have the little tummy pouch.

But then I think–do I REALLY want to spend my life obsessing over my looks or do I want to feel really great about myself and do what matters most?

Pretty easy to answer that one, don’t you think? OK, let’s get to it.

  1. Set an attainable goal. Nothing you want will happen if you don’t set a goal. The universe ain’t gonna help you, if you’re not clear. So, for example, say you want to lose the weight you gained during the winter. Awesome. Your goal would be: I want to lose 10 pounds. Simple. Easy. Attainable.
  2. Make a plan. Now that you have a clear goal in mind, make a plan to get there. Whether that’s increasing your veggie intake (um, you should TOTALLY be eating more vegetables if you want to lose weight), eliminating soda (oh I’m serious–get rid of it), or joining a gym (or not–working out at home or outside is totally acceptable), write it down and get it done.
  3. Take action. Say you plan to start working towards your goal on a Monday. Use that prior weekend to pick up healthy foods and snacks, get some new workout gear and look at the class schedule at the gym to figure out what class to take and when. No gym? Write out a weekly exercise plan and stick it on your fridge. Then do IT.
  4. Cut back on sugar. This absolutely deserves it’s own step. Sugar not only prevents weight loss, but it has a negative effect on your mood, your hormones, your sleep, your digestion and your immune system. Seriously, that shit is bad for you. And you need to start cutting back. Have no clue how to curb those cravings? No worries. My 10-day Sugar Cleanse is a great starting point.
  5. Drink more water. Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice for increased energy and to help you cleanse (make sure it’s an organic lemon if you plan to drop wedges into your water). When you get rid of the toxins in your body, you’ll feel lighter, more energized and less bloated. WIN.
  6. Eat more protein. Protein builds muscle. Muscle is what makes you look toned and feel strong. Got it? Good. Look for grass-fed beef, chicken and pork raised without antibiotics or hormones. Same goes for dairy–no hormones, no antibiotics. Ever. And pasture-raised eggs are the bomb and so versatile.
  7. Use healthy fats in moderation. You’ve heard all the rage about coconut oil and avocados, yes? These are amazing for you, but like anything in life…too much of a good thing…well, might not be such a good thing. Baking healthy cookies? Coconut oil is a great replacement for vegetable or canola oil. Love green smoothies? Half an avocado is perfect. Two avocados a day may be pushing it. Just don’t overdo it.
  8. Move your body. Every day. If you hate the gym, that’s cool. Find some other ways to get movement in your day. Whether it’s walking, running, dancing, jumping on a mini trampoline, heading to yoga class, doing a bunch of squats, swimming or playing tennis, find a few things you love and get moving at least 20 minutes per day.
  9. Dry brush. Dry brushing is a great way to circulate the blood in your body and eliminate toxins. It’s also really great to reduce cellulite. I get it done every night with THIS brush and THIS oil.
  10. Stop stressing and get your Zzz’s. Stress causes your cortisol hormone to increase, which in turn, can cause extra weight, especially around your belly. So go to yoga, take an epsom salt bath, aim for 7-9 hours of sleep, distance yourself from stressful people…just do what you gotta do to manage that stress.

Want even more tips and strategies to feel AND look better than you have in years? Learn about my newest program, Health Habits Hook Up!, which starts Monday, May 1st.

Like this post? PLEASE share it with your friends so they can stop the crazy diet train, guilt around food choices and start feeling and looking better than they have in years. 

-Claudia xo

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