6 surefire ways. 2 weeks. Get that friggin' bikini body.

Summer will be officially here in a jiffy and I don't know about you, but my body isn't exactly summer-ready yet. In our very first installment of The Basic B* Guide, I talked to one of Doha's top personal trainers, Dana Habayeb, for surefire ways to get summer-ready bod in as short as two weeks. Read on and get sexified in 3... 2... 1.

"I need to get fit in two weeks," something I regularly hear my clients ask. Whether it's the summer, a wedding, or a special event, everyone seems to be on a tight deadline to lose the extra pounds. As a personal trainer and public health researcher, my job is to get clients to their best weight in the healthiest and safest way possible. The weight that took years to pile on will take years to shed permanently. That said, there are ways to slim down temporarily within 2 weeks, and that is by releasing water retention and reducing the bloat. 

Many fad diets rely on releasing water retention for quick (but temporary) weight loss results. Here are some of the most commonly used/effective natural diuretics—successfully used by myself in preparation for a friend's wedding.

NOTE: If you have health problems, consult your doctor before implementing any of the tips below.

Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet

A low-carbohydrate diet may help you lose excess water weight quicker than a low-calorie diet. Specifically, limiting the amount of white carbs, fruits, and starches you eat can help you drop a few extra pounds of water weight fast. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Focus on high-protein foods like chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and lots of veggies.

This is a temporary solution to shrink in a period of time as the body needs a balanced diet.

No/Minimal Salt

This is one of the quickest ways to reduce bloating. Too much salt may cause the body to retain water leading to bloating and swelling.

Drink up: Diuretic Teas

Diuretic teas include dandelion root, green tea, and hibiscus. These teas help you release water from your body which in turn will make you look thinner.

TRY: 2 green tea bags + 1 lemon, squeezed + 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (unfiltered) + 4 thin slices of ginger

Hot Baths or Saunas

Water retention is composed of water and salt ions, and so causing our sweat to taste (and smell) salty.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Sweat up! If you have access to a sauna, use it! While in a sauna, drink lots of water and eventually your sweat will taste more like water. Getting rid of the salt ions will greatly help reduce bloating. An Epsom salt bath can also help you get rid of water retention and a bloated tummy through reverse osmosis. The salt bath draws out excess fluids and toxins from your body.

Drink up: Coconut Water and H2O

You may be retaining water because you haven't been drinking enough of it in the first place. Mild dehydration causes your body to hold onto water since there aren't adequate amounts being consumed. Coconut water is particularly hydrating!

Exercise. Do your regular squats, crunches, and jogging. Stretch. Just get yourself moving! 


Dana Habayeb is a Canadian ACE-certified personal trainer
and public health researcher based in Doha, Qatar.

To learn more about Dana and how she can help boost your lifestyle, check her out at www.danahabayeb.ca and find her on Facebook or Instagram (@danaisbananas)


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