Sexy Bikini Body Foods

Add these healthy foods to your diet to lose weight and look hot in your itsy-bitsy bikini, short shorts, or mini skirt.

  • 6 Foods for a Hot Bod
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    6 Foods for a Hot Bod

    Forget the latest tabloid diets and incorporate these six foods into your eating plan now for an ultra-desirable, beach-worthy bod. Each food group has an accompanying recipe to fill you up, keep you satisfied, and curb the need to cheat. Combined with a daily exercise routine, this sensible plan will help you lose pounds, get toned, and keep the weight off throughout the summer.

  • Lean Protein
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Mediterranean Salmon with White Beans

    Lean Protein

    New research is showing a strong link between weight loss and lean protein (fish, chicken, lean beef and pork, low-fat dairy, and eggs). In fact, it's being suggested that a reduced-calorie diet that's rich in lean protein, combined with a regular exercise routine, can help curb your desire to eat, build muscle mass, decrease fat mass, and increase metabolism.

    Recipe: Mediterranean Salmon with White Beans

  • Water
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Herb-Infused Spa Water

    Water

    The jury's still out on just how much water you need per day, but it's important to fill up on water because of its role in weight loss and appetite suppression. Water keeps the body looking lean by preventing fluid retention and, according to studies, helps the body metabolize stored fat. Fill up on foods with a high water content such as grapefruit, celery, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries. They are low in calories and take up lots of room in your tummy to keep you feeling full longer.

    Recipe: Herb-Infused Spa Water

  • Whole Grains
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Wild Rice and Barley Salad

    Whole Grains

    Load up on whole grains for a trimmer waistline this summer. The Harvard's Nurses' Health Study (a continuing study of thousands of nurses) found that women who consume more whole grains weigh less than those who don't. Another study found that whole-grain dieters significantly reduced their belly fat. Try oats, brown rice, bulgur, and barley–they're high in fiber to help slow digestion and keep you feeling full.

    Recipe: Wild Rice and Barley Salad

  • Non-Starchy Vegetables
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Green Beans with Roasted-Onion Vinaigrette

    Non-Starchy Vegetables

    "Lose weight by increasing your daily intake of non-starchy vegetables" has been the cry of dietitians for decades. And today, that message hasn't changed. These veggies aid in weight loss because you can fill up on them while taking in very few calories. Plus, most are loaded with fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Try asparagus, onions, peppers, green beans, broccoli, leafy greens, squash, mushrooms, and okra.

    Recipe: Green Beans with Roasted-Onion Vinaigrette

  • Dairy
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Blackberry Smoothie

    Dairy

    There's been a lot of buzz lately about dairy and its role in weight loss. Some studies suggest that a low-calorie diet that includes three servings of low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt help you lose more than the same diet without any dairy. However, other studies have found no effect. So, while the results are still uncertain, go ahead and add dairy to your diet and keep your fingers crossed that it also aids in your weight-loss quest. Plus, they're still a good source of calcium and vitamin D to help build strong bones and teeth.

    Recipe: Blackberry Smoothie

  • Green Tea
    By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor, MyRecipes.com, Green Tea Granita

    Green Tea

    Stay tuned for more research, but new studies are finding that green tea can help burn calories, lower cholesterol, increase metabolism, fight cancer, and regulate blood sugar. Enjoy this beneficial beverage hot or cold, or get creative and use it when cooking.

    Recipe: Green Tea Granita

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