Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Fit for the Beach

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Fit for the Beach

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THIS is the final week of our plan to get your body ready for the beach. In the past three weeks you will have increased your cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone.

This should give you a head start to being more active while away. Also, by following the timesaving eating tips and starch curfew eating plan, below, you should be enjoying more vitality and losing more weight.

You'll find the Body Revamp Circuit uses more challenging moves that will continue to streamline your body. Remember to warm up. In three to five minutes you can mobilise your major joints and get rid of the day's stresses with shoulder rolls, some side bends and full-body stretches.

How to eat yourself fitter

BREAKFAST At home: bread and cheese is a popular breakfast on the Continent.

Here is a lower-fat version.

Two slices wholemeal or rye toast spread with quark, a skimmed-milk cream-cheese spread and topped with sliced strawberries.

On the hoof: in a blender, mix one cup of orange juice, one cup of pink grapefruit juice, eight frozen strawberries and a large banana. Blend until smooth, add a cup of diet ginger ale and blend for a further 10 seconds. Pour into a drinking bottle and walk out that door.

Cafe: at any coffee bar, order an iced skinny latte with a fruit yoghurt pot with muesli. Slip an apple in your bag before your leave home to eat midmorning at your desk. All of this is portable so you can save time and eat your breakfast at your desk.

LUNCH At home: Greek pittas.

Spread a wholemeal pitta with a tablespoon of nonfat cream cheese, add a chopped tomato and a handful of spinach leaves and rocket with a tablespoon of crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese, sprinkle with dried oregano and fresh basil.

On the hoof: There are loads of soup shops in London that offer chilled seasonal favourites. Order a large cup of any soup under 45 calories per 100m, with a wholemeal roll and serving of pre-cut melon. …

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