The bikini diet plan: basic rules

The bikini diet requires no calorie counting and you can mix foods almost as you like, but there are a few exceptions and some basic rules that will help you lose weight easily.

Practise portion control. Just because you’re not counting calories, it doesn’t mean you can overeat. On your plate should be: protein - about the size of your palm; carbs - the size of a slightly open palm; veggies and salads - a pile that would fit into two closely cupped hands.

Drink your morning juice before breakfast not with it. Make it fresh and, if it’s a fruit drink, allow some time before you eat.

Munch some fruit - but not as dessert. Fine for breakfast and snacking, but try to keep at least a food-free hour on each side of eating - fruit can clash with other foods, making you bloated.

Eat raw - include raw veggies in your diet. Raw is juicy, nutrients aren’t lost and the fibre will keep your tum happy.

Drink more water - two litres minimum throughout the day. Add some flavour with freshly squeezed lemon or lime. Best served still and at room temperature.

Skip carbonated diet drinks. There's nothing in them that’s good and they give you a gassy, bloated tum.

Make lunch your last carb-inclusive meal of the day (by that we mean rice, crispbread, etc). Dinner should be protein and vegetables (preferably green) or a salad if you want effective waist-whittling. If you find dinner without starches unsatisfying, have a veggie soup starter to fill you up.

Don’t ever go hungry - snack. Eat a couple of pieces of fruit a day between meals, but check the rules above. Raw veggie sticks - carrots, celery, peppers, radishes - are a good idea. You can include a few nuts to give you some good fat (almonds and brazils are best), but we mean six to eight and no more.

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