Spring beauty blitz - Sydney Morning Herald

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Summer's coming ... trim down and tone up for beach season.

Spring has sprung, so time to embark on a beauty blitz after a winter in the front of the fire drinking pinot. Alas, not all of us have A-list personal trainer Tracey Anderson - who Gwyneth Paltrow says "completely changed her body and kicked her sagging ass into shape" – on speed dial, but with some expert diet advice and a few shape shifting tips you'll be ready to bare that beach body by summer.

Step 1:  Easy Detox

If you shudder at the thought of a detox diet, don't despair; you can eliminate toxins (and the bloat) without living off juice. Starting the day with a glass of hot water and lemon (or apple cider vinegar) will stimulate the system, while boosting your anti-oxidant intake will help flush out the toxins according to Zoe Bingley-Pullin at Nutritional Edge (www.nutritionaledge.com.au). "Amazonian Acai Berry powder is a powerful antioxidant that supports weight loss, add to some water in the morning and drink before exercising," she says.

Step 2:  Swap it

The latest health message from the government "Swap it – Don't stop it" suggests making small diet and lifestyle changes to help improve your health and fitness and lower the risk of some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The campaign is full of easy tips like "swap laying on the beach for a walk on the beach" and "swap fried food for fresh." Bingley-Pullin agrees with the government's mantra and suggests swapping animal protein for one or days of vegetarian-only eating per week. "You can still eat proteins such as quinoa and tofu. I'm also a fan of tucking into super green fruits and vegetables such as spirulina as they are very cleansing. When you eat whole unprocessed food you are getting dense nutrients and stabilising your blood sugar levels so you lower the risk of over eating," she says.

Step 3: Shape Shift

Getting to work with products designed to help contour your body is also worth a shot. PRIORI Coffee Berry Body Shaping Complex claims to help eliminate the appearance of cellulite with its antioxidant rich highly stimulating coffee properties. "Massage it onto your thighs, arms and any problem areas twice a day to improve skin tone and achieve a slimmer more contoured effect,' says beauty expert Jocelyn Petroni of The Facial Room (www.jocelynpetroni.com)

Step 4: Move it

According to Anderson (trainer to Paltrow and Madonna) we need to train for one hour a day, six days a week for the rest of our lives. "Do 30 minutes of cardio training like dancing, jogging or aerobics and 30 minutes of muscular structure such as weights and stretches," she says. For a fun way to get into shape, try Fernwood's Beach Bod Boost for women only. Running from October 3 for eight weeks this beach style boot camp incorporates one-on-one personal training, food coaching, spring recipes and fashion and fitness tips. www.fernwoodfitness.com.au

Step 5:  Indulge

If a more heavy-duty approach is required, enlist the help of the beauty experts. Tailor made using a mix of tightening serums and natural remedies from the kitchen cupboard, "The Recharge" body treatment at Polished Beauty Bar, Woollahra  (www.polishedbeautybar.com.au) is a three-step process that incorporates a sugar based exfoliation (to shed dead skin cells), lymphatic drainage massage (to eliminate toxins and fluid) and skin oxygenation (for a glowing body). Beauty Therapist Rosa Francisco says, "having a body treatment is a great idea in spring to kick start the metabolism and give the skin back its texture. With lymphatic drainage you really do look visibly thinner after." Or for more serious results – without resorting to liposuction and where diet and exercise has failed to shift the excess – you might consider CoolSculpt. Touted as the hot new non-invasive weight loss treatment, a mini vacuum like machine is massaged over your problem areas, targeting fat cells and freezing them which causes them to die a natural death and then be metabolised by your body. www.agelessclinics.com.au

20 Sep, 2011

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