How to lose weight and maintain a bikini body

How to lose weight and maintain a bikini body

Prawns with roasted veggies, garlic and chili

What to eat to lose weight ? Well, this is the million-dollar question that torments everybody these days … especially ladies 😉 . But another question that lives within me ever since I was a high school little girl is what and how to eat so I won’t gain any weight. And from these two, a ton of other questions derive. Like how many calories does this meal have? How healthy is it? How many carbs? And so on…

Whenever I gained a few extra kilos, I dived into all sorts of diets, read tons of related books and articles, and gathered all the info I could find about nutrition. Since it is such a complex realm, I got to the conclusion that it’s really hard (if not impossible) to find a diet a magical formula that will work for everybody.

Our bodies differ from one another, therefore what works for one it doesn’t mean that it will work for another. But there is a principle that we can all adhere to, and that is Discipline. I always thought that cooking is an art and the way we eat is a discipline. Whatever your meal or diet is it will simply not work if you are not disciplined and stick to it.

So I decided to put on paper (the online paper more exactly) what I like to eat when I want to lose a few extra kilos and maintain a bikini body. It works for me. I won’t guarantee it will work for everybody but it will certainly be inspiring.

My take on Eat more veggies!

Oh, I’d be incredibly rich if I had a dollar for every time I heard this. It is true, I won’t argue with that, but it’s also important what sort of veggies we eat. What, you thought all veggies are perfect for losing weight? I am sorry to tell you but some are while others aren’t. The best of them are the ones low on carbs, like spinach, asparagus, green salad, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage to name just a few of those that should always be part of your diet.

So make sure the veggies are low carb before digging in that massive salad you just made for lunch 🙂 .

I made the other days this delicious zucchini noodles aka zoodles, with tomato sauce. They’re low carb, low in calories and they work perfectly with all diets.

Zoodles with tomato sauce

Now, I’ve got bad news about fruits. They fatten!

They’re full of vitamins, tasty and hydrating, I know, they are healthy, no argue about that. But they also contain lots of sugar. So if you wish to lose weight, it’s best to steer clear from most of them while you’re on diet.

However that is almost impossible for a lot of us (yea, myself included) so how do we go around that? Simple. By choosing low carb fruits with a low glycemic index. One of the best is grapefruit, followed by cherries, berries, oranges and pineapple. Just Google the glycemic index of your fruits before embarking on a diet.

DON’T make the mistake to think that eating just fruits (and in large quantities) will get you across the bridge. All diets should be perfectly balanced and have a bit of everything.

And now let’s talk about proteins, shall we?

They’re actually quite good when on a diet. They are nourishing and give you the much-needed energy to keep you going throughout the day. But in order for us to maintain a bikini body, we need to choose the low-fat proteins. This means no burgers, hot dogs or other processed meat for you. And this is probably one of the hardest parts, but hey… it’s only temporary 🙂

I usually get my low-fat proteins from eggs, fish, seafood (like my Spicy Shrimp with roasted veggies below), chicken and rarely a steak. This is what I usually eat even when I’m not on diet. I like them and my body seems to work well with them. I always say that it’s best to keep a close eye on how your body reacts to different kinds of food, that’s how you’ll know what works best for you.

Prawns with roasted veggies, garlic and chili

Healthy fats rejuvenate our bodies and make us thin

Yep, that’s exactly how you heard. We need fats to keep a healthy diet. Fats with omega 3 and 6 are good for us and for our state of mind. You can get these healthy fats from avocado, coconut butter, extra virgin olive oil, pecans, brazilian nuts, macadamia and even sunflower seeds. One condition though: serve them raw. Pistachios and cashew are healthy but they are high on carbs, so you might want to avoid them.

Try to include the ingredients above in your daily salads, like I did below.

If you manage to include all the ingredients mentioned in this post, I am sure you will start seeing results in no time. But bear in mind that no diet works without discipline and often without a bit of exercise. This means that if you have an eating schedule, respect it. Don’t skip meals and don’t go to the fridge late in the night to finish that last bit of ice cream 🙂

I am sure I don’t even need to tell you about what not to eat. By now you probably know who are the enemies of our bikini body and what to stay away from. And even though those enemies can often be so tasty, trust me you can do it. You just have to find the better alternative. This is what I recently did, when I was craving for a burger. I found the better alternative in this low carb burger.

Low carb Burger with roasted veggies

All the ingredients and meals listed in this article have been cooked and tried by yours truly and they worked for me. It’s how I lost a few extra kilos and it’s how I keep a healthy diet. I wanted to share them because I really think they will work for most of you as well and they will fit perfectly with whatever diet you already follow.

Finally, keep in mind that our state of mind and well-being are what matter most and these are always improved by a healthy and fit body.

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