Whatever your figure, simple diet, lifestyle or beauty tweaks can help keep your limbs lithe, tummy trim and skin smooth.
You’ve booked the tickets, planned the itinerary and started packing – so don’t forget that other holiday essential: a good feeling about your figure. Even with the best intentions, life’s too short to deny yourself all the time, so try these tips to prime your body – inside and out – for upcoming adventures.
Snack on sea veg crisps
Wave hi to a new healthy snack: sea veg crisps! Properties in seaweed can prevent fat absorbtion, according to a study from the University of Newcastle. Tuck in to Itsu’s seaweed crisps (from £1, itsu.com/grocery) for a salty snack that’s
only 24 calories per pack.
Upgrade your morning latte to turmeric
Add some character to your caffeine by including the wonder spice turmeric. It contains
a component called curcumin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that studies suggest shifts body fat deposits. We love Spice Sanctuary’s Smoothy Golden Milk, a blend of ginger, turmeric, cardamom and other beneficial spices (£5.35, thefoodmarket.com).
Get your eight hours’ sleep
The importance of quality sleep when it comes to the health of your body and brain is increasingly evident, and did you know a lack of it can even make a difference to your shape? People who sleep for fewer than six hours each night are 50 per cent less likely to succeed in following a healthy diet, according to a study in Portland, USA. It’s all to do with what your hormones do while you sleep. ‘Leptin is the hormone that lets your brain know you’re full after you’ve finished eating,’ says nutritionist Kate Llewellyn-Waters (thewhatifplan.co.uk). ‘When you miss out on sleep, your leptin levels can drop, triggering your brain into thinking you need food when really you don’t!’
Up your water intake over summer
Try to drink around two litres of water a day – it boosts metabolism and reduces snacking to keep weight under control. It also keeps things moving through your system so you don’t look or feel bloated! A water bottle with a daily tracker (£12, hydratem8.co.uk) is one way to ensure you drink enough. If you’re in hotter climes or exercising a lot, try Hydro Melon (£14.95, hellenia.co.uk), which contains a mix of electrolytes to support rehydration and deal with fluid retention.
Bayberry for radiant skin
There are so many different toning creams on the market but it’s hard to tell fact from fiction when it comes to the claims they make. The key might be to look for potent ingredient bayberry; which has been found to reduce fresh fat deposits in existing cells by up to 64 per cent. Green People’s Age Defy+Contour (£36, greenpeople.co.uk) promises to increase the firmness and elasticity of your skin through the inclusion of this berry; plus ginger extract, shea butter and pineapple.
Try a healthy pizza
That’s right – with a few hacks, this summer fave can stay on the menu. Lo-Dough (£4.99) is a gluten-free, low-carb pizza base, made from both fibre-rich psyllium husk to keep your gut healthy, and konjac flour, which is filling without being bloating. Whizz up fresh tomatoes with a clove of garlic as a sauce, then top with plenty of veg, plus lean protein such as chicken or tinned fish. Healthier cheese choices include part-skimmed mozarella, ricotta, parmesan or goat’s cheese.
Try herbal tea for bloating
Swapping your afternoon cuppa for a herbal variety may well help with bloating and digestion. Those containing ingredients with natural digestive properties, such as fennel and dandelion are good choices. Pukka’s Lean Matcha Tea (£2.79, tesco.com) contains fennel, as well as – you may have guessed by the name – matcha. This type of green tea
leaf contains high levels of EGCG, a plant-based compound that boosts energy and metabolism. It also contains ginger, turmeric, triphala and cinnamon, which all support digestion and metabolism.
Freeze away fat cells
The latest way to shape up involves chilling your skin to shift fat deposits – better than sweating it out in the sauna on a hot day! ‘Coolsculpting is a new non-
invasive treatment that works by cooling fat cells,’ explains Dr Selena Langdon, founder of body contouring specialists Berkshire Aesthetics. ‘This makes the cells dissipate, then they’re naturally expelled from the body over a period of 12 to 20 weeks.’ Ab treatments start from £3,000.
Soak in the tub to stop water retention
An indulgent soak in the bath is just the thing after a long day, and adding some Epsom salts tops up your magnesium levels. This mineral helps your body avoid water retention, plus it enables your muscles to contract and repair after any shape-defining exercises. As if that wasn’t enough it also encourages you to doze off into all-important restorative sleep later. Try Isla’s Apothecary Relax+ Recover Bath Salts (from £20), which contains added dried lavender and bergamot for ultra-relaxation.