Every year, as the summer season approaches I get really frustrated when I hear about girls doing unhealthy things in hopes of achieving a bikini-ready body. There are bazillions of silly crash diets, pills and other products promising a quick, easy fix. These things aren’t only bad for your health but the results are short term. In fact, people usually end up putting more on than they started with once they stop.
When I was filming Safe Haven in Southport, North Carolina, you’d better believe I was indulging in all of that great Southern fried food! According to the script, the whole beach scene with my character, Katie, and Josh Duhamel’s character, Alex would be shot with me in shorts and a tank top. Without the pressure of a six-pack in sight, the world was my (fried) oyster! Well, a couple weeks later, the producers were like, “We need a bikini shot!” Of course they did. I tried to avoid it by saying Katie wouldn’t wear a bikini (and crossing my fingers), but clearly that didn’t go over as well as I’d hoped.
Immediately I went from eating everything in sight to cutting out carbs, salt, sugar and alcohol. Instead, I filled up on lots of proteins like eggs, fish and chicken plus tons of veggies and more water than you can imagine. I was still eating — a lot, even! But I was eating clean. My mission to be bikini ready meant I had to amp up my cardio as well. In the end, it was definitely worth it — the scene turned out really great for the movie and I didn’t end up having to go to Fried-Oreo-Addicts Anonymous.
Remember, when it comes to getting into shape: slow and smart is the way to go. It’s never ever a good idea to be starving and miserable. When you take your time and do it right, the results will last much longer. And, more importantly, you’ll be respecting and taking great care of the one and only body you are blessed to have!
What are you doing to get ready for your summer wardrobe??