As you bury yourself under a baggy jumper and battle your way through wind, rain and snow to get to work in the morning, summer feels like it’ll never appear.

But believe it or not, the nights are getting shorter.

Pretty soon, cold winter days with barely six hours of sunlight will become a distant memory, and that exotic beach holiday you’re booking (which feels painfully far away) will be right around the corner.

The last thing you want is to spend the next six months looking forward to your getaway only to end up, a few weeks before your flight, panicking about baring it all in a skimpy two-piece or skin tight swimsuit.

Avoiding the last-minute bikini fear

The last-minute bikini fear isn’t only an instant mood and confidence killer. It’s also responsible for far too many of us making unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Fad diets and extreme detoxes promising miraculous results with minimum effort capitalise on those feelings of anxiety, but offer little in exchange for our money and health.

We all have an ideal body in mind and, for most of us, it isn’t achievable in such a short space of time.

The truth is, summer bodies are made in winter, not in the final stretch of a holiday countdown.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle

Whether you’re looking to build tone, enhance your curves or slim down, there’s no need to punish yourself in the gym for hours on end or completely deny yourself your favourite snacks and Friday wine nights.

To make a significant change, you need to focus on building a healthy relationship with diet and exercise.

We all have different fitness levels and schedules, but try to squeeze in two or three workouts a week – group classes or flying solo – and you’ll soon start feeling fitter and more comfortable in your own skin.

When it comes to food, you’re not dieting, but altering your lifestyle. Balance is the name of the game.

For long-term results, you need to make a long-term commitment, so it might be worthwhile seeking some professional advice before kicking off a new gym or diet routine.

Transforming your body

But what about those more stubborn areas that refuse to budge no matter what you do at the gym or however many pizzas you replace with salad?

One option is our non-invasive body contouring treatment, CoolSculpt. It’s a surgery-free way of eliminating fat cells that’s ideal for targeting notoriously difficult-to-shift spots like your stomach, inner thighs and underarms.

And the best thing is, with no recovery time, no needles and no anaesthetic, you can easily squeeze a session in around work and other commitments.

For more troublesome areas, cosmetic surgery could hold the answer.

Liposuction has long been a favourite with those looking to tone up all over and there are various methods for going about it, from surgery to less invasive laser lipo procedures.

Fat transfer, which works by transferring fat from one area to another, is one of the latest body contouring techniques on offer and our specialist, Dr Netri, is a world leader in the treatment.

But there are plenty of other options to consider. Over the past 40 years we’ve helped thousands of our patients feel good about their bikini bodies, and we know there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

During a free consultation with one of our experts, we’ll advise you on the best course of action to suit your specific needs and talk you through the next steps.