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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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Member Comments

  • 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
    I think this is a pretty good way for a lot of people to visualize proper portions. And while I'm not really trying to fit into a bikini (did that back in the 70's!) I realize a lot of people are, and if this helps I'm not offended like some other people have commented. Also, i see nothing wrong with recommending milk as s beverage - no, it is not necessary, but it is definitely more nutritious than the sodas or sweet fruit juices most people drink at summertime gatherings! - 5/16/2014 3:13:17 PM
  • Ugh. Nothing new, but the delivery is irritating, which is somewhat new. Maybe some will be helped by this and if so, great!

    But can you please stop saying milk is necessary! It's not and there is no evidence it provides any nutritional benefit beyond that of a healthy diet. - 5/16/2014 2:13:47 PM
    This reads like a "diet" from "TEEN MAGAZINE", circa 1969 or something, and GEE WHIZ, maybe that boy will make a pass at you, girls!!!! Only if you fit your tiny self into underwear masquerading as swim wear. - 5/16/2014 1:50:01 PM
  • What a great way to visualize & control both your 'portions' and your 'proportions' A+++ article Spark People!!! - 5/16/2014 11:35:17 AM
  • I'm a bit disturbed by this article, not to say there isn't anything useful in it, but more the whole idea that we diet to fit into an outfit or to look better and we eat this way or that. It's not about the temporary fix and I'm sad that Spark is selling these things like the tabloid magazines.. - 5/16/2014 11:35:02 AM
  • What a wonderful and creative way to visualize portions of food. I am going to work on that. Thanks for this engaging way to use our 9 inch plate! - 5/16/2014 10:44:04 AM
  • What a simple way to manage your portions without measuring. - 5/16/2014 3:30:38 AM

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