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The Bikini Diet

A Fun & Easy Way to Slim Down for Summer

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Pool parties, beachfront vacations, and water park adventures…ahhh the joys of summer are almost upon us! To celebrate the causal, relaxed pace of the season, SparkPeople is happy and excited to introduce The Bikini Diet, a fun and simple way to control portions, shed a few pounds, and feel fit and energized.

There is no weighing food, no carrying around measuring cups and spoons, no special foods to purchase or prepare. The Bikini Diet can be used at home with the family, at the neighborhood cookout, or when dining out with friends. So bring that itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini back into your life—it’s a wonderful tool when it comes to healthy eating.

Bikini Tip #1: Start with a 9-inch plate.
You may not be surprised to learn that as our waistlines have increased, so have the sizes of our plates. Get our your plate and measure its diameter with a ruler—don’t eyeball it. If your plate is bigger than 9 inches, put it back on the shelf and get a new one!

Bikini Tip #2: Visualize a bikini on your nine-inch plate.
  • The bikini top has two bra cups that each cover one-fourth of the plate.
    • A serving of meat, legumes, or tofu should fit on one of the bra cups. Notice that a 10-ounce steak will not fit, but a 3-ounce steak will.
    • Place your choice of bread, rice, pasta, or starchy vegetable (such as corn, potatoes, peas, or lima beans) on the other bikini bra cup, also covering one-fourth of the plate.
  • The bikini bottom covers the lower half of your plate and will hold your vegetables and salad. You can select a large portion of one vegetable or salad, or smaller portions of several. Continued ›
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Member Comments

  • Sensible suggestions presented with a sense of humor. Very creative! Reading the comments though, some people didn't get it. Oh well. - 6/2/2015 7:22:13 AM
  • Funny way of putting things. At my age and weight I'll stick to a full suit thank you. The way of portion control is important. Measuring in this way was imaginative,and well put. - 6/1/2015 9:28:56 PM
  • Hilarious! & so true!!!!! - 6/1/2015 5:00:57 PM
  • To help with tip #1 - How about 9" paper plates for Summer! Dance ~Woo Hoo~ with all the free time from dishes. The bikini visualizations should help all readers this season!!! Thank you. - 6/1/2015 4:41:24 PM
  • As a dietitian, I really like this article! It's cheesy, sure, but it got my attention, and taught true principles of nutrition in a memorable, visual way. Thanks for the tips! - 6/1/2015 12:29:12 PM
  • BIGBL0GGER
    This article was silly and very complicated. - 6/1/2015 11:40:44 AM
  • ETHELMERZ
    Good for a giggle! - 6/1/2015 5:57:43 AM
  • Loved this visual! So much easier to think of portion sizes now! - 4/19/2015 11:31:02 AM
  • You could wear my bikini cup for a hat, so this really would not work for me. - 1/22/2015 1:59:17 PM
  • This wont work for larger chested women ! lol I have a hard enough time comparing myself to smaller women much less thinking of them when I am looking at my plate ! lol - 6/4/2014 9:58:17 PM
  • This is the best visual I have ever heard of to help with portion control. Thanks for helping me "see". - 5/17/2014 3:11:46 PM
  • I know plenty of women that can fit a ten-ounce portion into their bikini cups and then some! - 5/16/2014 10:38:15 PM
  • That was cute. I like the fruit in a large seashell visual. - 5/16/2014 6:21:04 PM
  • I don't know if they intended this to be tongue-in-cheek, but it sure gave me a giggle. For starters, any bikini that would have fit me when I started SparkPeople (some 70+ pounds ago) would have made for some generous size portions! No way would it have fit onto a 9-inch plate. Secondly, I would never have donned a bikini back then, nor to I intend to now. Just not a good look for us 60+ year olds :-). - 5/16/2014 4:02:34 PM
  • For a site that continually says they don't promote "diets", but instead focuses on permanent healthy lifestyle changes, they sure do push a lot of different diets. This one seems like it's directly out of magazine just trying to get people to hop on the next fad diet. Ridiculous. - 5/16/2014 3:34:53 PM

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