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Bikini bodies are made in the winter
by Jessica |  Feb 6, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means that winter will extend well into March - but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about what you'll be wearing in warmer weather. In fact, this forecast gives you a distinct advantage to get in shape before summer arrives. Every year, bikini season seems to sneak up on us - and this year, we're all determined to be prepared. 

So if you're looking forward to tanks, crop tops and those hot new cutout bathing suits that are making a splash, use this guide to make sure you're slim, sculpted and ready to rock spring and summer's hottest trends. 

Staying motivated
To keep yourself on track, build a bikini inspiration board on Pinterest with healthy recipes, cute summer outfits you plan to sport or exercises you want to try. Purchasing a cute new swimsuit will definitely give you a dose of motivation, too.

This is also where the bliss fatgirlslim lean machine comes in: Combined with your new healthy diet and upgraded fitness regimen, you're on your way to a svelte silhouette sans cellulite. This award-winning spa-powered contouring system basically firms up your skin and massages any ripples away so that all your hard work is more visible.

The bikini diet
Looking slender depends largely on what's on your plate - starting with your first meal of the day. Opt for a high-protein breakfast, like an omelet with low-fat cheese and veggies or Greek yogurt with fruit and flaxseed, and you'll stay satisfied until lunchtime, meaning you don't end up mindlessly munching on a mid-morning pastry. At lunch, use the 50/50 rule: Visually divide your plate in half so that half of it consists of lean protein and healthy unsaturated fats, and the other half is made up of vegetables and fruit.

Hydration may sound like a no-brainer, but it's especially important when you want to get bikini-ready. Without sufficient water, your body can't properly metabolize fat or flush any impurities out of your system. Add sliced cucumber or frozen berries to your water to boost the flavor, or for extra calorie-burning credit, put in a packet of david kirsch thermo bubbles. The sugar-free blend of vitamins, herbs and minerals help fuel your metabolism while curbing cravings - and as an added bonus, it tastes like pink lemonade.

Whatever you do, stay away from high-sodium or processed foods as much as possible, which will only contribute to bloating and hinder your metabolism.

Building a beach bod
‚ÄčA little can go a long way in regard to your workouts. So tack on an extra 10 minutes to your strength training routine or cardio circuit and over time, your effort will definitely pay off when it comes time to slip on your swimsuit.

The truth is that High Intensity Interval Training, which is the core concept behind tabata and CrossFit, is a big trend right now for a reason - it's metabolic conditioning capabilities prove particularly effective for torching body fat. Not only that, but total body workouts that rely on short bursts of intense activity can give you results in a shorter timespan. So if you want a six-pack or toned legs but don't have a ton of time to spend at the gym, this method is your best bet.

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