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The secret to confidence in a swimsuit is not a perfect body, but feeling good in the body you have. If you struggle with the notion of walking around half naked, follow these four tips that will help you feel your best in teeny bikinis or figure-flattering one-pieces.
1. Wear a Suit that Fits Your Body and Comfort Level
Just because monokinis are trendy doesn't mean they're right for you. Resist the pressure to wear the same suit Kim Kardashian is sporting just because it's popular. When you wear a suit that makes you feel secure, you will radiate self confidence, which happens to be the most important accessory for any outfit.
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2. Wear a Tan
A healthy base tan is like an instant diet. It uplifts the spirits, helps you feel your best, and can even make you feel slimmer. Adding a bit of color to your body's overall complexion also helps minimize the visibility of cellulite, improve skin's texture, and give you a radiant glow. You can further downplay
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Let me start by saying that I am indebted to "Dance Your A** Off" for any scintilla of cool I might have. Who knew what Fierce Thwacking was? Or Booty Cranking? Or thrashing as a dance form? And how fabulous to watch full-figured bodies rocking the rhythm in ways that skinny boppers can't begin to touch. But there are a few things about the show I don't love.... [back in a minute with those.]
If you haven't seen DYAO on Oxygen, it's basically The Biggest Loser meets Dancing With The Stars. Season 2, which just got underway, is hosted by Spice Girl Mel B, and features 12 contestants between 207 and 326 pounds living in a rambling Hollywood home that's kitted out from ballet barre to "cheats" pantry. On each episode the hopefuls rehearse, diet, and drench themselves in sweat at the gym, before dancing their hearts out in front of three judges and stepping on a giant illuminated scale. It's the combination of dance score and weight lost each week that decides
tan through swimsuitI've only spent one day so far this season in a bikini, and already I've got tan lines streaking across my body. Argh.More from The Stir: Did Kate Gosselin Get a Boob Job?
So you can imagine how quick my ears perked up when our copyeditor, Jill, told me about the tan through swimwear that she owns.
Apparently, the fabric is made with a special knitting technology, creating millions of tiny pores in the fabric, allowing about as much sunlight to pass through as you'd get wearing a medium level sunscreen.
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While there's only a handful of swimsuits on the Cool Tan Swimsuits website that are fashionable enough for me to actually wear, I like the idea if I'm planning on being on the beach for only a couple of hours. The thought of having to strip down to reapply my sunscreen does not sound appealing.
Nor do burnt nipples. Ouch!
Have you tried the tan through swimsuits? Did they work for you?
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- Glamour Magazine | Bikini – Thu, Jun 17, 2010 8:26 PM EDT
Bye-bye, cover-ups; hello, pool! Shimmy into one of these figure-flattering swimsuits to look slimmer instantly!
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There are some celebs we just love. We admire their talent, how they balance their public and private lives and yes - we definitely appreciate how sexy, sleek and beautiful they are. For an inside look at how they keep their fabulous figures, we sat down with Yahoo's head of TV and OMG, Liz Coughlin. Here's our list of the top celebrity bodies in Hollywood.
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Of course you know the sun's nasty rays can wreak havoc on your skin...but sometimes a girl's got a hot date - and no time (or no cash) to sprint to the nearest spray-tanning booth. Here's how to snag a to-die-for sunless summer glow that meets your, um, needs, no matter what romantic scenario you're planning. Plus: Read about the sunblocks that have bonus features to firm your body, fend off zits, and even sex up your hair.
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Best bet:Bronzing powder
Here's why: A few swipes with a fluffy brush and you're sporting a Gisele-like glow - no muss, no fuss. See which bronzers Cosmo editors love. New York City makeup artist Melissa Silver recommends mixing the pigment with translucent powder to keep things subtle and applying golden shades to your makeup for an overall summery look. Just be sure to give your skin a swipe with a damp cloth if you plan to end up at his place so his sheets don't get an insta-tan, too. These products will fix any beauty
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Tue, Jun 15, 2010 4:51 PM EDT
Susan Roberts is not your typical frustrated dieter.
First of all, she's a professor of nutrition and a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University, who has been studying weight loss for almost 20 years. Secondly, she's the author of the immensely popular and scientifically praised The "i" Diet. As part of researching the book, and as a "weight challenged person" herself, she went on her own plan. It worked for the home-cooked menus. It didn't when she tried a second, more convenient version she was developing using calorie-equivalent packaged and restaurant foods.
"I figured it was the sodium," she tells me from her lab, "but after a while, I thought, this isn't right." Instead of drowning her sorrows in something fudgy, she gathered up 39 of her favorite frozen diet meals and weight-friendly restaurant dishes, and threw them into her bomb calorimeter-a fancy machine that burns up grub just like your body and spits out an inarguably accurate calorie count.
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Get diet advice from registered dietitian Marissa Lippert.
Summer has officially kicked off, your bikini collection is ready to go and there's no looking back. For a fail-proof path to looking your best on the beach, look no further than your plate. Here are five easy lifestyle tips to kiss a bloated stomach and digestive distress goodbye for good.
1) Love Your Water Bottle And Start Chugging
Water busts bloating fast by aiding digestion and managing hunger and hydration levels. And a major bonus, plenty of H2O gives your skin a refreshed shine and helps prevent signs of too much tanning and aging (read: wrinkles). Suck down 1 ½ to 3 liters of water per day depending on activity levels and pop-in lemon, lime or cucumber slices for some extra flavor.
2) Eat Foods That Bust Bloating
They are indeed out there, so get your hands on them fast! Cucumbers, asparagus, artichokes, watermelon, citrus fruit and cantaloupe, among others, act as natural
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Sun, Jun 13, 2010 10:28 PM EDT
Maybe it's the ions in salty ocean air. Or maybe it's the rhythmic slap of waves that hypnotizes us out of our usual vigilance. But something about hitting the beach and spreading your towel definitely sets off the hunger signals.
The question is: What foods can you bring along that are melt-proof, healthy, energizing, and won't make one feel, at the end of the day, like giant sea creature who ate her way through the entire food chain.
I asked nutritionist Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater's Diet, to help us out. I love her because she believes that eating well is about enjoying food, and (rather than obsessing about every little calorie), simply being intelligent about what goes into your mouth.
Lippert offers three ways to eat for a day at the beach:
Scenario One: Bring on the picnic
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"I prefer cold salads and fresh wraps." You'll need to prepare some of these lunches
Reduce cellulite, boost confidence, and feel amazing when you join the 2010 NIVEA Good-bye Cellulite Hello Bikini! Challenge. Real participant, Charisse, a cellulite sufferer who had developed some unhealthy eating habits, gives us a glimpse into her Challenge experience. Be sure to check out her documented progress video.
Feel the love of whole grains, fresh produce, and lean protein, along with 100-calorie treats every other day. In fact, it's the nutritionists' orders to help keep your diet on track for time to come. Speaking of staying on track, Charisse met with the Nutrition Twins, and learned how to dine out without sacrificing her bikini goals.
The Challenge amps up workout intensities to define those muscles to the max. With the help of celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, Charisse got an incredible total body workout, with great exercises designed to target her inner thighs.
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