Beach Ready In 48 Hours 24 (Part 1) - Banish the bloat

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Pre-holiday prep a bit lastminute.com? Relax! We’ve got the toolkit to transform you from pale and un-pedicured to bronzed beach goddess in just two days

We’ve all done it – booked a beach holiday months in advance and simultaneously made a pact with ourselves to hit the gym and ditch the biscuits; only to end up frantically working late in the office in the run-up to departure, bikini diet and exercise regime not even started. Not to mention the Mani, Pedi, waxing and fake-tan appointments that also somehow failed to happen. But there’s no need to do a Nigella and start frantically Googling burkinis. Our quick and simple detox plan can hone a flatter stomach in 48 hours, while our hotel-room workout and hand-picked, quickly-fix beauty products will buff you into bikini-ready shape – however late you’ve left it.

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1.    Banish the bloat

Believe it or not, you can reduce belly bloat in just a couple of days. This 48-hour plan from nutritionist Charlotte Watts eliminates toxins and excess water, to leave your skin sparkling, hair shiny and belly flat before you even get on the plane. Hurrah!



Vegetable stir fry You’ve no time to lose, so prepare for your detox with a cleansing mix of vegetables. Stir fry pak choi, green beans, broccoli, ginger, garlic, tamari, soy sauce and Chinese five spices.  Add some cashews and coriander to serve.

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Bircher muesli The night before, mix 40g rolled oats (or buckwheat flakes if you’re gluten intolerant), 1dsp of golden linseeds and 50ml apple juice. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, mix in 1/4 grated apple, 30 ml natural yogurt, 1/2tsp cinnamon and top with a few berries.


Salmon salad Poached or baked salmon fillet (or, if you’re vegetarian, some tofu), Mixed salad including beetroot, 1/2 an avocado, watercress and onion



Lentil and vegetable broth Fry an onion, then add water, lentils (canned are fine) and veg of your choice (including some green veg). Simmer until the lentils and vegetable are soft. Season and serve with a scattering of pumpkin seeds.

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Bircher muesli (made the night before)


Chicken and greens Slices of baked chicken or turkey breast (or tofu), plus plenty of steamed green veg/salad, carrots and a small baked sweet potato/small whole meal roll.


Miso soup Boil some crushed garlic, ginger, spring onions and green veg. Add miso paste and tofu cubes or a small amount of cooked chicken.


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Herbal tea

Boost your water and herbal tea intake to two litres a day. Nettle tea is a good choice, because it helps eliminate toxins, while water will flush out your digestive system and help you beat bikini belly bloat. Cut down to no more than two caffeine drinks a day.

Get your beauty sleep

Be in bed by 11 pm at the latest while you’re on this detoxing diet. It will help moderate your appetite and reduce caffeine and sugar craving, so you’re less likely to wake up gagging for an espresso and a pain au choc!


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You can have amid-morning and afternoon snack. Choose from:

·         1/2 an avocado and four oatcakes

·         Fruit – stick to lower GI options such as berries, apples, plums, pears and peaches.

·         Nuts

·         Seeds

·         Carrot stick

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