5 Tips for Getting Beach Body Ready

by West Parsons on June 19, 2012 · 7 comments

in beauty

Summer is here and vacations are being had! Time to dust off those bathing suits or swimming trunks and expose a little skin!  Before doing  so, a little fine tuning may be necessary. If you’re like me and will be hitting the beach soon, but require a little preparation, check these tips.

What You Eat
Looking good in your swimsuit may not be that difficult if you try this diet trick; you can prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss—without dieting—just by eating more fiber, according to a recent study in The Journal of Nutrition [+]. Just a few additional nutritious items to add to your diet to keep you lean:

  • Leafy Green Vegetables – primarily comprised of fiber, water, minerals, and many vitamins such as E, D, K,
  • Whole Grains – Studies show those who eat atleast 3 servings (of oats for example) per day typically lose weight
  • Protein – fish and other seafoods are great sources of lean protein which is necessary to prevent the loss of muscle tissue, which sometimes happens during weight loss.

To Wax or Shave
If the skin is exposed, silky, soft and smooth skin is a must-have. While there are a few different ways to remove unwanted hair, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each before deciding which hair removal method is right for you. Some hair removal methods are time and labor intensive but don’t require frequent treatments, while others are quick and easy but require you to keep up removing the hair almost daily. Shaving and waxing are two popular types of hair removal and there are benefits and disadvantages to each [+].

SunScreen
Like any other skin type, black skin requires protection from the sun. Always apply a sunscreen to keep your skin well protected from the harmful rays of the sun. According to Brownskin.net, “Sunscreens work by absorbing the harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays before they can affect the skin”. Using a sunblock provides a barrier of protection between your skin and the sun, forcing sun rays to bounce off the skin. Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15. If you suffer from a medical condition such as lupus or have discolorations and dark spots, look for a sunscreen with an SPF 30. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure, taking care to apply it generously on all exposed parts of the body [+].

Cover ups
Though you may be doing everything in preparation for your beach body, sometimes there are areas of your body that you still may not comfortable with. For example, the aftereffects of pregnancy can cause your tummy not to be in optimal shape or you may have had a few growing pains resulting in stretch marks on your hips and thigh, which is fairly common amongst women. Tankinis, skirted bottoms, tunics, and wraps are all viable options [+].

Working Out

What are you doing to get your body ready for the beach?

{ 7 comments }

yacoomba June 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I’m all over this one-lol. I’ve been walking at least 3x a week since the beginning of May (seen a reduction in love handles and waist). Plus I’ve become more concious of my meals & snacks(adding in all the above in your post). Drinking lots of water too. As an extra bit of motivation I started a Healthy Lifestyle Email Challenge (12 wks total) where some friends and I share progress, setbacks, foods, and other healthy tips.

I’m going to get my beach body! 🙂

Bernadette June 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

This post came just in time — I’ve been working on the “Bikini Body” for a few months now! I’ve lost about 10 pounds in the past 100 days! Yay!!

What has helped:

* Using MyFitnessPal to track calories
* Like Yacoomba, walking 3 x per week during my lunch break
* During work hours, I get up and do squats around the lunch table
* Running 4 x week
* Doing a bit of toning exercises in the morning

It sounds like a lot, but I have broken up my workout routine throughout the day so it doesn’t seem as time consuming!

I’m getting there!! They say 30 is the new 20 right?!

yacoomba June 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Bernadette- that is awesome! Congrats on the progress and steps you’ve taken so far-10lbs you go girl! 🙂 Walking at lunch for me seems to work better too, starting this weekend we’re going to get our 100 degree weather for the summer. So now I have to figure out how this going to work out w/ walking. I’ve been doing the 10 min Trainer by Tony Horton on & off so I guess I’ll have to start doing that again.
*Yes 30 is the new 20 cause I’m already there 🙂

AmeeraNakisha June 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I have found counting the calories if you have an app (but if you don’t cut your portion size by a 1/3) REALLY helps. I am a totally gastronome and live food, my husband & I pan vacay’s around food. I said all that to say, dieting doesn’t make me happy. I just try to eat health for the most part and watch the portion size and it keeps me in my size 4…BUT the struggle is so REAL!

westNDNbeauty June 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Man! You ladies are on it! I wanna be like you guys when I grow up! Good job!

Jae July 20, 2012 at 4:11 am

Great entry! I really want that bathing suit! Who makes it? Where is the picture from?

westNDNbeauty July 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

The model featured is Chef Ahki. She has her own website and FB so you may be able to contact her. If you search Chef Ahki on my blog you will be able to find the 2nd post I did about her.