Health Fitness

Your bikini health plan

Say hello to good health (without giving up chocolate and yummy stuff - really) with this easy wellbeing strategy…

By Edwina Carr
Fitness, health

The festive season is winding down and sadly, so is our health and fitness. Christmas pudding? We’re holding you responsible. And while “being healthy” is floating around the top of our New Year’s resolutions, we’re not quite ready to give up on yummy food just yet.

And the good news is, you don’t have to! We’ve found a health and fitness strategy that won’t ask you to give up your creature comforts – in fact, it encourages you to eat stuff like chocolate. Yep, you read right: chocolate.

It’s called The Cosmo Bikini Diet, but we reckon it should probably be called the “anti-diet”. So now that we’ve caught your attention, here’s a sample of what exercises and foods you can expect to incorporate into your life to get fit and healthy (minus the boredom). We promise.

The eating plan

Breakfast: Whole-wheat English muffin topped with cheese spread, and 1 cup blackberries on the side, plus coffee with sugar if you prefer

Morning Snack: 1/4 cup dried apricots mixed with sunflower seeds

Lunch: Chicken and veggie wrap with spinach salad on the side

Afternoon Snack: Two squares dark chocolate with 1/2 cup of strawberries

Dinner: Veggie-avocado burger on tomato bun with sautéed zucchini on the side

Flex Calories: 150, to spend however you want. Hmmm... a glass of wine is 123 calories, so why not enjoy it with dinner?

So, it might seem a little suspicious that you get to eat chocolate and get to pick out a 150 calorie snack, right? But according to nutritionist and dietician Jaime Rose Fronzek , having small treats helps you to stay on track. “Allowing yourself a small amount of treat food (or setting yourself a calorie goal so a snack) can be psychologically very helpful for someone who’s trying to get healthy,” she explains.

“If you feel as though you’re not completely depriving yourself, it will be easier during the rest of the day to make healthy food choices.” Agreed.

The fitness plan

The other good news? You don’t need to splash out on an exxy gym membership to follow this fitness plan. “It’s important to figure out what works for you. The gym environment isn’t for everyone. There are still plenty of workouts you can do in a park or at home to have you moving in the right direction for your health,” explains celebrity personal trainer Blake Worrall-Thompson.

Twist it

Here’s one workout that you are guaranteed to love (and hate a little, ‘cos truth be told – it’s a killer).

Start off in plank pose, with your palms placed on the seat of a chair. Lift your right knee in toward your abs, and twist it to the left, so your outer thigh is parallel to the chair. “Watch your form, when you bring your knee forward, because it could injure your back if you don’t have core stability,” advises Blake.

Now extend your right leg back around 90 degrees on the diagonal. Return to starting position, with your knee pulled toward your core. That’s one rep; now do three sets of 10, and change legs. Trust us, your muscles will be burning by the end. “This move is good because it’s a great way to strengthen your core and it adds a bit more to the traditional plank pose,” says Blake.

So, are you game to try this plan?

Photography credit: Chris Colls/Bauersyndication.com.au, Cosmopolitan.com.

  • Author: Edwina Carr