One in two Italians not ready for bikini season

One in two Italians not ready for bikini season

Top tips from the experts on how to get back in shape.

MILAN – It’s almost holiday season but half of Italians (53%) say their bodies aren’t ready. One in three women (31%) aren’t happy with the several pounds they’ve put on over Christmas, and as many as 43% of men would say they were overweight.

EMOTIONAL IMPACT – Could not having your dream body influence your psychological well-being? Almost six Italians out of 10 (55%) think so – as many as 70% of women and 60% of men. On an emotional level, not being beach ready makes Italian very irritable (22.5%), feel apprehensive (21.5%) and feel depressed (20%).

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING HYDRATED – Does drinking water help stop putting on weight? Dr. Alessandro Zanasi, an expert from the Sanpellegrino Observatory explains: “Water helps our stomachs feel full. This means that if we drink a lot we tend to eat less and consequently don’t consume as many calories and don’t put on weight”.

A how-to guide to getting back in shape

– Follow the rule of five for meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two snacks – one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon
– Include a large portion of vegetables at each mealtime 3 – Snack on seasonal fruit
– Drink at least 1.5-2 litres of liquid a day. If you exercise a lot, it’s recommended you drink water that’s rich in minerals
– At least two or three times a week have just one course for one of your main means, such as legume and grain soup with a side of vegetables
– Limit intake of sweet foods to at the end of your meal or at breakfast and have them instead of other foods and not in addition
– Don’t be tempted to overdo things: start with some gentle exercise when you wake up and in the evening before going to sleep
– Don’t lose heart if you don’t see results: mood has an impact on willpower 9 – Learn to love your body, because the first step is to be happy with yourself, rather than trying to please others
 – Lighten up and don’t take yourself too seriously: admitting you have faults actually makes you stronger