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Why, hello there, bikini, nice to see you again. Thank you – yes, I am rocking you this summer.

We’re so not about one size fitting all and saying no to a biscuit isn’t even worth considering.

But there are times when you want to look your personal best and we get that, too. Like when you hit the beach; or a wedding; or, let’s be honest, that party where your ex will be bringing his new girlfriend…

Description: We’re so not about one size fitting all and saying no to a biscuit isn’t even worth considering

We’re so not about one size fitting all and saying no to a biscuit isn’t even worth considering

So we’re here for you, and we say: forget the clichés. This isn’t about getting ‘your best body ever’ by wrapping takeaways and cocktails for Mung beans and alfalfa sprouts. It’s about easy, fit-into-your-life, genius tips from the experts that are a shortcut to you feeling and looking healthier and more amazing than ever.

The food rules for fast results

Don’t slash your intake: Whatever you do, don’t resort to that tired dieting cliché of skipping meal. “You could unwittingly be making your body more efficient at storing fat,” warns dietician Azmina Govindji. When your body’s normal intake of food is dramatically reduced for some time, your metabolism can slow, because it thinks it needs to conserve fuel supplies. “Plus, if you cut meals, your blood-sugar level will drop, so you’re more likely to crave sugary or fatty foods,” she adds.

Eat more protein: “Low-fat protein keeps you satisfied for longer and helps you build muscles, which speeds metabolism,” says lan Mellis, sports scientist and founder of Results Fast fitness training. “Have chicken, turkey, fish, eggs or pulses at every meal.” A study by the University of Wisconsin, US, found people whose meals were 30% protein ate 440 fewer calories a day.

Description: “Low-fat protein keeps you satisfied for longer and helps you build muscles, which speeds metabolism,”

“Low-fat protein keeps you satisfied for longer and helps you build muscles, which speeds metabolism,”

You can drop a dress size fast: While a sensible rate of weight loss is often cited as 1-2lb a week, it is possible to lose more and stay healthy. “If you have as short-term goal, like a holiday, that extra motivation is good,” says Govindji. “You’re more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan, so dropping around 3lb a week for two to three weeks is perfectly feasible.”

Turn up the heat: “The effects are small, but chillies and green tea are Thermogenic, meaning they slightly raise your body temperature and speed up your metabolism, so you burn calories faster,” says Mellis. Time to get spicy.

Our 10 favourite flat tummy foods

“There keep you feeling fuller for longer, calm cravings and won’t bloat you,” says Kate Adams, author of The Flat Tummy Club Diet.

Berries: A low-GI, low-calorie, nutrient-packed easy snack for the sweet-toothed.

Oats: Slow-release energy that’s easy to digest and packed with soluble fibre.

Cucumber: A diuretic that helps flush out water retention, and gets skin glowing, too.

Natural yoghurt: For weight loss promoting calcium, filling protein and lots of gut-friendly probiotics to banish bloating.

Description: Natural yoghurt

Quinoa: A great alternative to potatoes, rice and pasta, with all the essential amino acids.

Melon: Rich in skin friendly vitamin C, hydrating, plus potassium reduces bloating.

Oily fish: For your omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are linked to fat-burning.

Dark-green leafy veg: A nutrient and fibre packed way to fill your plate. Try spinach, kale and watercress.

Monounsaturated fatty acids: Found in olives, avocados, nuts and seeds, they’re satisfying, great for skin and some studies suggest they may help break down tummy fat.

Pineapple: Contains the enzyme bromelain, which eases digestion.

Ease water retention

You’re in great shape, but the waistband on your jeans sometime feels two inches smaller. What gives? Your hormones, says women’s nutritional health specialist Dr. Marilyn Glenville, author of Fat around the Middle. “Many women experience fluid retention during the second half of their cycle, giving that swollen, puffy feeling. It’s down to fluctuations in blood-sugar levels and the hormone aldosterone, which conserves water.”

The solution? Drink more. “It may be counter intuitive, but you need to take in plenty of fluids so your body doesn’t think it’s dehydrated and hold on to even more,” she says. “Watch your salt intake and try dandelion tea it’s a diuretic that won’t make you lose nutrients.”(Try Clipper Organic Dandelion Tea $ 2.1 Holland & Barrett)

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