Memorial Day Weekend is just about three weeks away, which means that bathing suits will soon enter the picture for many of us. (Not likely for me, as I’m due with a baby on June 8. The perfect, built-in excuse not to have to worry about how I look in a swimsuit this summer!) And let’s face it: It was a long, cold, dark, and brutal winter for many people. But I’m not recommending that you crash-diet for the next three weeks (or months) to squeeze into a two piece. So I asked our Fearless Foodtrainer, nutritionist Lauren Slayton (@foodtrainers), to provide us with effective tips for getting into healthy and happy bathing-suit-shape this season. Here’s her sage spring and summer swimsuit advice:
Clothing can camouflage. Tummy troubles? Enter the empire waist. Large “hind quarters?” Try a longer jacket. There are even dolman sleeves for unappealing upper arms. Just about any body part can be concealed or improved with the right outfit; you’ve seen the makeover shows, so you know what I mean. In just a few short weeks, many of us will be donning bathing suits for summer. While the women’s magazines will tell you that there’s a perfect suit for your shape, they’re just pacifying you in the hopes that you buy one or more of them. The truth is that there’s no secrecy in a swimsuit. Your shape is your shape, and it’ll soon be out and about for everyone to see — sarongs can only do so much. (Cue horror movie music.) Many of my clients roll their eyes at me when I talk wellness; they aren’t convinced they have to go to great lengths to improve their energy level. But when I even mention the “S” word just once, reminding them that swimsuit season is soon, they sure do listen.
I think you should listen, too, so click through our gallery of eight “scared skinny” swimsuit tips for this summer season:
photo of Brooklyn Decker: Sports Illustrated
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