It’s almost 4th of July weekend! Within a few short days, many of us will be packing up and heading to the beach and enjoying the longer, lazier days of summer. The first step to a flat belly is fixing your belly. Don’t let bikini season intimidate you- use these belly fix secrets to get bikini ready now!
Wake Up Your Digestion
If you really want to rock that bathing suit, you have to master your digestion. A sluggish digestive system equals a slower metabolic rate, making it harder to lose weight. Wake up your digestive system by starting the morning with a cup of ginger tea or apple cider vinegar and water. Both of these digestive drinks will help improve the digestion and elimination of your food and cut unhealthy cravings for salt or sugar. Boil 1/2 tsp grated ginger with 1cup of water and pour into a cup with your favorite tea bag. Alternatively, mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with 4 teaspoons of water and take first thing in the morning.
Load the AM Protein
Once you have awakened your digestion, start your day with a burst of protein. We all get distracted or busy through the day, but a high protein start will prevent surprise mid morning or early afternoon energy crashes that leave us reaching for sugar, caffeine or a carbohydrate load for a quick boost. Add a morning protein shake or a breakfast of eggs and nut butter waffles. The goal: don’t leave the house without loading up first on at least 15 grams of protein
Eat Every 3-4 hours
The afternoon crash, the end of the workday slump or skipped breakfasts leave many of us grabbing for more food than we really need, since it takes a while for our brains to realize we are not hungry anymore. Eat every 3-4 hours to keep hunger well controlled. Consider using your smart phone or computer to remind you of these intervals.
Add Bacteria to Your Belly
Food diversity seems to be a concept of the past as any food becomes available any time. But this was not the way our ancestors wanted us to eat. By eating a variety of foods, foods that were seasonal or locally produced, our gut bacterial profiles were never an issue. Today, we have to make a conscious effort to get that range of bacteria, by adding probiotic rich foods to our diet. Kefir, yogurt, kombucha and bone broth are examples of probiotic rich foods that help you lose weight by aiding digestion. The digestive system is key to getting a bikini belly. Add 2-3 servings of these probiotic heavy foods to your weekly food plan.
Lower your calories and improve your metabolic rate by allowing your body a twelve-hour daily detox. Cut off eating by 7pm or 8 pm at night, allowing your digestive system a chance to rest and process the food consumed through the day. Inadvertently, your caloric intake will lower, giving you that bikini ready body that you thought was unattainable.
Follow these 5 belly fix secrets to help you get ready for your best bikini season yet! A flat belly begins with a belly fix and makes lasting weight loss a reality.