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How to prepare yourself for beach parties in the summer

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Spring is here and summer is coming fast.  Are you serious about finally getting rid of belly fat and increasing your tone and definition to create the beach body you’ve desired?

Prepping for your summer holiday can be a time-consuming affair. From self-tanning to dropping a few pounds, there is a seemingly never-ending list of beautifying tasks to tick off before you feel ready to hit the beach.

By starting preparations now and following our expert guide on what to do and when, you'll be ready for your holiday in no time.

"Eat extra helpings of green, leafy vegetables and good quality lean protein and you will be on your way to a healthy summer body."

Eating the right kinds of foods can also lead to a flatter stomach. "Fibre-rich raw vegetables as well as lightly-cooked vegetables will cleanse your digestive system, which may result in less bloating," Lily adds.

Antioxidants can also help you de-bloat so try swapping your usual afternoon cuppa for a healthy green tea such as Pukka Herbs Supreme Matcha Green Tea, £1.89 (ocado.com).

Magnesium, found in spinach, bananas, nuts, seeds, fish and whole grains, will also help you achieve a flatter stomach.

Getting active will not only speed up your weight loss but help you tone up, sleep better and give you an energy boost.  Pick a sport or book an exercise class that gives you a full body workout.  I recommend the cardio dance workout DVD with In The Dance Fitness http://inthedancefitness.com/  by Yendi Phillips.  What can we expect from this workout?  You can expect a high energy, muscle sculpting, fat burning dance party.

No matter how toned or fit you are, cellulite can still affect you. The orange peel effect can be tough to shift but by using the right treatment it is possible to reduce the appearance in just one week.

The best way to do this is with a cellulite-busting spa treatment. "This should be conducted one week before hitting the beach.  "Prepare skin for waxing by using a scrub the day before and don't use any moisturiser on the day of the wax as it acts as a barrier.
"Also make sure you don't go in the sun for 48 hours before you have a wax, so your skin does not become irritated. "Ensure you wait 24 hours before applying fake tan to give your skin a chance to calm down.

Applied properly, fake tan can be your legs' best friend, making them look slimmer and helping to even out skin tone while you are on holiday. For the perfect faux glow, start the process a couple of days before you go away.

"First, exfoliate from top to toe,Next, apply a firming body butter to hydrate, tighten and tone your skin. Massage it in to boost circulation and give skin a radiant glow.  "The day before you leave, apply a tanning cream of your choice.

"Remember to use a hydrating moisturiser to ensure your tan fades evenly."

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