I had my daughter 14 months ago and the idea of squeezing myself into a bikini is a pretty scary thought. I’ve called on the lovely Rosie from The Brompton Quarter who always seems to have the right answers…

Summer is here and your holiday is getting closer. “I’ve got to get into my bikini FAST” you say. Well, have no fear as these top ten tips will give you a good head start…

  1. At the end of each meal, wait 20 minutes before having second helpings or eating anything else. This gives CCK time to take action. By the end of 20 minutes you’ll probably feel full and that second helping won’t seem so desirable.
  2. Drink a glass of water or hot water and lemon before each meal. This can help to curb hunger so you eat less. 
  3. Don’t watch TV or sit in front of a computer when you eat! Really focus on your food, think about what you are eating – appreciate each mouthful.
  4. Try not to eat when you are stressed as it is difficult to focus on what you are eating and how much you are eating when your mind is on other things.
  5. Clean your teeth at the end of a meal as this can prevent you from reaching for something sweet. If you really have a sugar craving then suck on a boiled sweet. It really helps!
  6. Examine your portion sizes. Don’t put too much on your plate – you can always come back for more if you are still hungry (remember the 20 minute rule). Even too much healthy food can lead to weight gain.
  7. Examine exactly what is on your plate. Do you have the right mix of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables? Around half your plate should be made up of vegetables or salad at your main meals, at least a quarter should be protein (meat, fish, pulses) and at a maximum a quarter carbohydrate (brown rice, potatoes, etc.). If you have a lot of weight to lose, you can miss out the carbs in the evening.
  8. Drink plenty of water and cut down on alcohol as it is high in calories and also plays havoc with your blood sugar. Caffeine also interferes with blood sugar and so is best kept to a minimum.
  9. Don’t eat while standing up as this will discourage you from snacking.
  10. Monitor your progress but not using the scales! Take your hip and waist measurements every couple of weeks (ideally first thing in the morning before eating) to monitor your progress

Rosie Millen, The Brompton Quarter