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The Bikini Diet

A Fun & Easy Way to Slim Down for Summer

Bikini Tip #3: Don’t forget the sunscreen!
An 8-ounce bottle of sunscreen is the perfect visual to represent the amount of low-fat milk to enjoy with your meal.

Bikini Tip #4: Sweeten with fruit.
Picture a tennis ball, balancing inside a large seashell. Your fruit selection should be about the size of that tennis ball. You can enjoy your fruit with your meal, or save it for a snack later in the day.
  • When selecting berries or melon, you can enjoy 2 fruit selections, since these types of fruit are low in calories and high in water content.
  • On occasion, you may want to substitute a dessert in place of the fruit. This dessert portion should also fit into the shell.
Bikini Tip #5: Imagine a tube of sunscreen lip balm.
Add this amount of fat to your meal. This could be salad dressing, olive oil used to sauté vegetables, butter or margarine, sour cream, or mayonnaise for a sandwich.

Bikini Tip #6: For breakfast, think bikini top only.
Enjoy your meat and grain items on the bikini top. Add some low-fat milk the size of your sunscreen bottle, and fruit that fits in your large shell.

Bikini Tip #7: The bikini body is an active body.
The Bikini Diet encourages getting 30 minutes of lifestyle activity 5-6 days a week. To get you in the mood, turn on those wonderful sounds from the Beach Blanket Bingo era. Vacuum, dust, mop, wash the car, garden, and "twist and shout" your way to a new healthier you!

For best results, add "The Bikini Workout" to your diet. You’ll be swimsuit ready by summer!
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Becky Hand Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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
    This article was silly and very complicated. - 6/1/2015 11:40:44 AM
    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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