Nothing says summer like a new bikini, but if you don't feel confident in your suit, you won't enjoy your trip to the beach, pool or wherever else your fun summer schedule takes you.
Of course, one of the best ways to get your body ready to rock a bikini is to amp up your workout with a mix of resistance training and cardio, which will burn fat while toning your tush, arms, abs and everything else.
However, no amount of working out will de-bloat your belly, and this is one reason many women are afraid to bare all in a bikini. Even if you don't have washboard abs, getting rid of the factors that cause you to bloat may go a long way in flattening your stomach.
Keep chugging water
Water is a crucial element in all workouts, but chug extra H2O this season. The reason is threefold – water flushes your entire body of water weight, improves a workout and cold water makes you burn more fat.
Even mild dehydration can reduce your fat-burning potential and negatively impact your performance. Plus, water weight, also known as water retention or, of course, BLOAT, can be shed by drinking more of it. It has a way of hydrating your body where it needs it and flushing everything else. Ice is also key, since research has shown that it makes your body work harder to get the hydration. In this process, your system burns more more calories to maintain its ideal temperature.
Curb your carboload
There is nothing wrong with healthy, hearty grains like whole wheat pasta, brown rice or oatmeal. However, eating highly processed, starchy carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, bagels and crackers can contribute to a bloated belly.
These foods tend to have lots of sodium and preservatives that cause you to retain water and and bloat. Instead, snack on lean proteins, fruits and veggies. If your belly is sensitive to raw veggies (they can cause bloating themselves for some people!) roast or steam them before eating.
Get your daily dose of diuretics
As much as you are working to flush your body of water and avoid foods that may cause bloat, you should also be stocking up on foods that decrease your "bloatability." Diuretics are food that cause your body to speed up the rate it passes fluids through your body, thus helping with water that is causing you to look puffy.
Food and drink with high concentrations of vitamin C, potassium or magnesium all act as diuretics, so stock up on cucumbers, asparagus, bananas, lemons and green tea.
Start the day with a cup of hot water with lemon, or add some cucumber to your water before you hit the gym.