Sometimes, you just want to get on the sand, relax, and soak up the sun. And in doing so, you want to look and feel your best on the beach. But getting a bikini-ready body doesn’t appear overnight.
The toned legs and upper arms, slim waist, and a healthy glow only comes as a result of a healthy diet and an excellent fitness plan that requires time and dedication. But there are hundreds of fad diets out there promising you a bikini-ready body in the shortest unrealistic time frame.
In this article, we’ll discuss five of the most popular diet fads for getting bikini ready.
The detoxifying juice diet became popular in 2007 when celebrities started crediting juice diets to weight loss and the secret to getting a bikini-ready shape. This restrictive and potentially dangerous diet fad has paved the way for the juice craze we have today.
Juice diet varies; they can be substituted for one meal or replace an entire meal for three to ten days. While there are nutritional benefits to juicing, it’s better to eat fruits and vegetables in their whole form because there are more fibers contained in fruits and vegetables in their whole form than when you juice them. You need those fibers to promote your overall fat loss.
Intermittent fasting is becoming so popular thanks to the growing body of research backing its benefits. There are different types of intermittent fasting programs, from 16 hours with 8 hours of feeding to full-day fasting, followed by a typical day of eating. Research has shown that intermittent fasting can be beneficial. However, some programs are strenuous and will require more determination than others.
But the challenge with restrictive diets is that when you subject yourself to an extreme degree, you can easily fall into a cycle of overcompensating by binging, which is not a healthy habit around food. This can lead to the opposite of that bikini-ready body.
Also, intermittent fasting can affect your social life. For instance, if you are on a fasting day, and you have a special occasion to attend or dinner with friends, you would have little or nothing to eat, which can affect your lifestyle.
Paleo and keto diets
Paleo and Keto diets share a similar principle, with some basic differences. The Paleo diet restricts legumes, grains, sugar, and most dairy. However, carbs are allowed in forms like vegetables and squash—the keto diet shares similar restrictions, with allowances for diary and restrictions on the intake of carb. The goal of this high-fat, low-carb plan is to put the body into a metabolic, fat-burning state known as Ketosis.
These diet plans can be a great way to get bikini ready. But the challenge with these diets is sustainability. Most people can only follow the diet plan short-term because it can be quite challenging to turn it into a lifestyle due to the cost factor. When you start to follow these diet plans and decide to stop, the weight will surely come back.
Diet teas can help people lose weight and achieve a bikini-ready body. However, this is not a sustainable way to achieve your body goals. Diet teas are usually laxatives, and the weight you’re losing is water weight. So, you aren’t burning calories.
The human body is amazing, and it does a lot of work to keep itself in a state of homeostasis. It is a state of maintaining a balance in terms of hydration and electrolyte content. This means that your body will somehow get that water back, which means gaining all that weight again. Excessive use of laxatives can pose a severe health issue, as with any aggressive diet plan that revolves around extreme water cut.
The Cabbage Soup Diet/Grapefruit Diet
The cabbage soup and grapefruit diet were created on the philosophy that there exist negative calorie foods, which is to say that your body effectively burns calories while digesting them. However, while the thermal effect of food could offset your food’s calorie content, the philosophy of negative calorie foods is merely deceptive. Even though some foods may require more energy to absorb, it doesn’t constitute a large portion of calories in your overall diet.
Truthfully, if you feed on cabbage and grapefruit coupled with some workouts, you will lose the weight and gain that bikini body. Eating cabbage and grapefruit is great for your body, and you should eat as much as you can. But don’t expect that eating them would automatically get you bikini ready.
Fad diets in the fitness world are just like get-rich-quick schemes in the financial world. They are usually too good to be true. However, it doesn’t mean that the principles around these diets are not worth examining, and the facts separated from fiction.