By Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney, Veteran Spouse

The sun’s out. You’re catching fireflies. Your schedule is full of pool days and barbecues. But your bikini body is still hibernating! Instead of feeling like you need to keep things under wraps and can’t enjoy summer activities while feeling your best, follow my quick tips to get your bikini body ready before the sun sets!

Guzzle That H2O

Drinking water is always important, but it’s even more crucial that you uptick your intake when it’s hot outside (hello, summer sweat!) and you want to svelte down quickly. Benefits of drinking at least 1 -2 liters a day helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. To top that, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining it, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight. Say sayonara to soda and any other sugary drinks, take a break from this article, and grab yourself a glass of nature’s elixir of life.

Grab Your Greens

Load up on veggies like broccoli, spinach, cabbage and mixed lettuce. Try eating the first three options raw, steamed, sautéed, or roasted. Reach for the spinach, cabbage, and lettuce when making meals and skip the pasta or bread. Use the veggies as the base instead! Also, get on the green smoothie train by getting a healthy dose of greens from drinking a loaded cup of the good stuff. The happy color alone will leave you feeling healthier!

Fuel Up With Fiber

Eating fiber will help you feel more trim by keeping things regular, thereby making you feel nice and light! It fills you up, so you feel sated for longer without needing to grab for that extra snack. Head to the market and incorporate apples, raspberries, sweet potatoes, green beans, strawberries, pumpkin, chickpeas, and oats into your diet for a little boost.

Hit It With HIIT

Make the most of your workouts (and allow more time in the day to enjoy sweet, sweet summertime) by adding some High Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT) sessions to your routine. The basic premise is to increase your heart rate to a high level for a finite amount of time, about 20 to 40 seconds, then follow it up with a short rest of about 10 seconds. You can vary the ratio of work to rest as you see fit, but the goal is to spike the heart rate by going all out in exertion during the longer phase so that it doesn’t have much time to slow down during the rest phase. In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preservation, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) dramatically during the 24 hours after you finish your workout, so hello slim town!

Even if your bikini body is still hibernating and late to show up to the summer party, remember that at the end of the day it’s about how you feel inside and the memories you make. Take good care of yourself, limit stress, and soak up the fun in the sun!

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PCSgrades Guest Blogger: Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney started Fleur de Lis Fitness as a way to help clients seize the day and transform themselves into the healthier person they deserve to be. She offers fitness and healthy nutrition coaching to clients across the globe LIVE online. Claire tailors her programs to clients’ individual goals and needs so that it fits their lifestyle. Claire is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. Sher earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Science in Developmental Psychology from Tulane University. Claire loves spending time with her husband, family, friends, traveling, reading, and cooking (or “health-ifying” recipes).

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