Summer is a time for pool parties, beach vacations, and hanging out at the lake with family and friends. What do all these activities have in common? You guessed it! Swimsuits. If the idea of donning a swimsuit makes you cringe, you’re not alone. A lot of women dread wearing swimsuits, much less bikinis. Believe it or not, plenty of men are insecure about stripping down to their swim trunks as well, though society’s standards tend to magnify the insecurities for women.
So what’s a girl or guy to do? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. The long-term solution to truly change your body so you look and feel better is to commit to a strategic workout program that centers on both strength and conditioning. MIXFIT is the perfect place to get in the best shape of your life! Of course, summer is already here and everyone wants to be swimsuit ready in a matter of days.
So here are a few quick tips to help you look and feel better in that swimsuit tomorrow.
  • Get rid of belly bloating by cutting back on things and habits that cause belly gas. Chewing gum and eating too fast are prime culprits as they cause us to swallow air, making us look bloated. Curb your intake of carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners, gassy veggies (only for a short time because those veggies are really good for you), and the king of all gassy foods – beans. Instead, add a few anti-bloating foods to your diet, like probiotic-rich fermented foods such as Greek yogurt. Add lemon to your water, drink peppermint or ginger tea, sip some coconut water, and munch on pineapple and bananas. These are all nutritious foods that will help reduce bloating. In the case of bananas, which are rich in potassium, they can actually counter some of the negative effects of excess sodium too.  

  • Look less puffy by avoiding high-sodium foods and condiments. Excess sodium causes water retention, which can make us appear swollen and puffy. Some of the biggest sources of excess sodium are canned foods, sauces, and dressings, especially those found at restaurants. Opt for oil and vinegar on your salads and order sauces on the side. You’ll avoid a lot of unwanted sodium, sugar, and excess calories.
  • Have a flatter tummy by eating smaller portions. Most of us have experienced the distended “food baby” belly that comes from eating too much in one sitting. Instead of eating three large meals a day, try eating four or five smaller, healthy meals. Not only will you avoid the temporary big belly, but you’ll also maintain a more even blood sugar level and ward off extreme hunger – both of which are known to cause people to eat too much, too quickly. This shift in portion sizes and the number of meals will net you a flatter tummy, and it may also result in losing a few pounds too!
  • Feel better by staying regular and avoiding constipation, which is a common cause of bloating and discomfort. Drink plenty of water (aim for a gallon of water a day) and make sure you’re getting enough fiber (at least 25 grams a day for women and 38 grams a day for men). Try to get your fiber primarily from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
  • Last but not least, STAY ACTIVE! Try to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, at least five days a week. Physical activity is so important for a healthy digestive system, healthy body, and beautiful skin.

The old adage “fake it till you make it” only carries you so far. Commit to these healthy lifestyle changes and you’ll be swimsuit ready at every season!