Dr. Oz's May Diet, Pt 2 (3:39)
When we were kids, few things were more exciting than a trip to the beach. But as we get older, the prospect of wearing nothing more than a bathing suit becomes scarier with each passing year! Thighs and arms are exposed for all to see, and even the parts that are covered leave little to the imagination as bathing suits seem to get tinier and tinier.
You can stay inside all summer, wearing layer upon layer to hide your trouble spots, or always swim in a scuba suit. Alternately, if you’re ready to crank up your confidence, you can follow Dr. Oz’s smart and simple steps to lose weight, feel fit, and regain the confidence you need to wear your bathing suit.
Swimsuit Slimdown Tip 1: Sip Smart
Before every meal, try Dr. Oz’s secret swimsuit slimdown drink of a choice – a mixture of grapefruit juice and apple cider vinegar. Simply mix 1 cup of grapefruit juice with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, stir, and enjoy. The juice is loaded with vitamin C, which will help you burn fat faster, especially during exercise. In fact, a study showed that people with adequate vitamin C levels burned 30% more fat during moderate exercise than individuals low in vitamin C. Meanwhile, the acetic acid contained in the vinegar may switch on genes your body needs to pump out fat-burning proteins. If you find the drink a bit tart, add 1 teaspoon of honey, which only adds 20 calories, for sweetness. Drink Dr. Oz’s secret slimdown drink before every meal and you’ll literally burn away your fat while enjoying a citrusy delight.
Swimsuit Slimdown Tip 2: Slimdown Salad
For a lunch that tastes great and is packed with fat-fighting nutrients, try a salad of dandelion greens, watermelon, and parsley. After you’ve washed, dried, and torn 1 bunch of the greens into bite-sized pieces, combine them with 1 cup of cubed watermelon and top with finely chopped, fresh parsley. On top of tasting great and being filled with healthy protein, dandelion greens stimulate your body’s bile flow, which is vital for breaking down fats. They also act as a mild diuretic, allowing you to reduce water weight. Additionally, the salad’s watermelon is rich in the amino acid arginine, which might promote weight loss, according to a new animal study. Researchers supplemented the diets of obese mice with arginine over 3 months and found that doing so decreased their body fat gains by a whopping 64%. Finally, the parsley will add a subtle layer of flavor to your salad, while simultaneously removing water from your body and reducing bloat. When it comes to dressing your salad, skip the fatty ranch and go with a homemade dressing of 2 teaspoon olive oil, a half teaspoon of lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper.
Swimsuit Slimdown Tip 3: Fight Cellulite
For a quick, temporary fix to help you look better on beach days, try Aminophylline cream. This cutting-edge, anti-cellulite ingredient works by temporarily shrinking fat cells so they appear less lumpy. You can find Aminophylline cream online for about $40 a bottle. Apply it twice per day to make it work all day long, whenever you’re out wearing your bathing suit.
Swimsuit Slimdown Tip 4: Swimsuit Sculpt
Finally, to look better in your swimsuit, all you need is a beach towel, about 5 minutes, and a commitment to starting every morning with these two moves.
First, to target your thighs and glutes, do lunges along the length of your beach towel – 3 forward and 3 back on each leg. To begin, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your hands on your hips. Take a long step forward with your right foot to the edge of the towel, bending your right knee so that your thigh is parallel to the floor (making sure that your knee does not extend further than your foot when you're lunging). Pause, then step back into the standing position. Repeat, by stepping forward with your left foot. Then do the same but in the reverse direction. As you get stronger, try holding weights in each hand to increase the burn.
Next, it’s time to tighten your belly by getting into a plank position on your beach towel. To do so, lie flat on your stomach and brace your core muscles. Then lift your body up onto your toes and elbows, being sure to lower your buttocks down until they are level with your shoulders. The most important thing is to squeeze your navel toward your spine to really work your core. Hold for 30 seconds if you can, working your way up to a minute. You can start on your knees as you’re still developing your core strength.
Remember, the most important tip to look good in a bathing suit is to feel good! This means not comparing yourself to some imaginary and unachievable standard set by airbrushed models. Sexiness is not measured by the size of your thighs; sexiness comes from the confidence that accompanies knowing you’re working each and every day toward one of the most important goals of all: Your health.