In some parts of the U.S., bathing suit season is most of the year. For the colder regions, there’s a fairly big gap between the pounds gained during the holidays and the time of year to search for a bathing suit. This means many will be looking for ways to have a better beach body. Does that mean that all methods are safe?
Low Calorie: This can be tricky. It’s easy to go on a starvation diet but that doesn’t mean it will work, nor does it mean that it’s safe. To lose weight, you do have to burn more calories than you consume, but the margin shouldn’t be more than 15%. If you plan on doing a calorie balanced diet, use a good calorie calculator to make sure you don’t overdo it.
Hold the Carbs: I hate to tell you this, but you do need some carbs. An all protein diet isn’t going to give you a balance. It leaves out fiber and reduces vitamin and mineral intake. Instead, choose your carbs carefully. Choose whole grains over processed and add plenty of fruits and vegetables.
There are a few vegetables you might want to eat in smaller quantities. Starches like squash and potatoes shouldn’t be avoided but should be cut back. High sugar foods such as carrots may also need to be cut back…but not eliminated.
Exercise: Diet can’t do it alone, but you can’t exercise if you hurt yourself. Talk to your doctor and perhaps get a personal trainer to find and learn what exercises you can do. Even if you were a cross country runner in high school you may not be able to take it up again if you are in your fifties and haven’t run since.
About the Gym: If you can afford it and if you will use it a gym can be helpful. However you can buy gym equipment for your home or get your exercise by walking. I must point out that any gym equipment that has arrived in our home became a convenient place to hang clothing, so only buy if you’ll use it.
Homemade: When you’re on a diet you may find that making your food from scratch will save you calories, provide the nutrition you need and otherwise be a benefit. On top of that, it will probably lower your sodium, sugar, fat and cholesterol intake. It’s well worth the time.
Once Done: The problem with diets, including one aimed to get you into shape for a swimsuit, is that they end. Having fallen off the diet wagon many times, I can tell you that what’s needed really isn’t a swimsuit diet. It’s a lifestyle change. If you go back to what you were eating before you started, the swimsuit won’t look as good at the end of summer.