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Body confidence for blokes

Words: Jon Axworthy Illustration: Bill Brown

Look around the beach on a hot day this summer and you’re likely to see lots of guys in shorts, and not much else, rowdily playing rounders, kwik cricket, footy or badminton. Look a little harder, and you’ll also see plenty of chaps playing the less well-known pastime of ‘hide the bod’. It’s a one-player game that involves wearing as many clothes as possible, even though the sun is beating down and the temperature is in the high twenties. And unfortunately, there are no real winners: the only figure on the scoreboard is the number of things the players feel they need to change before they’ll be self-confident enough to even consider going shirtless.

The truth is, that behind our often self-deprecating humour (‘Daniel Craig? It’s like looking in a mirror, mate!’) many of us men are very self-conscious about our body shape. And that’s where a mental shift could make all the difference. The simple act of accepting how you look – right here, right now, without being judgemental, ashamed or worried – can actually help you get the sort of beach bod you’ll be more than happy to show off on the sand.

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August/September’s Slimming World magazine is a real taste of summer sunshine! Kickstart your holiday slimdown with our easy weekday eating plan; share the success secrets of five amazing slimmers who between them have lost more than 30st; and brighten up your barbecue with our low-Syn recipes from around the world. Discover how to identify your craving culprits, survive the school holidays and get fit on foot. Plus beachwear you’ll actually want to wear! Download your issue now for a summer of slimming success.

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