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Last-Minute Tricks to Feeling and Looking Slimmer

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Quick fixes for that special day event

Here are some last-minute tricks for looking and feeling slimmer that you can do just before that special event when there’s just not enough time to diet.


It’s almost here—that wedding, beach party, school reunion or public speaking event and you want to look your best, but there’s not enough time for a diet to do some body improvement. That was the premise of a recent article by U.S. News & World Report contributor Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN, a health nutrition expert who offered her advice on 7 ways to look great on your wedding day without dieting.

However, that advice can also be applied to numerous situations as well when faced with the regret of not having managed to lose any weight before a special event that’s just around your calendar’s corner.

To help you look your best, here is a summary of her short-term tweaks plus some added advice on what you can do to feel and look slimmer in just a short time.

Short-term tweak #1: Stick to low-sodium foods.

Salt leads to water retention and bloating, so be sure to avoid all foods that are high in sodium at least one week before your special event.

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Short-term tweak #2: Pile on the fruits and veggies.

But not so much that it causes digestive bloating. Ms. Gan’s advice is to ease into your fruit and veggie intake while taking advantage of those powerful antioxidants that will give you great hair and skin.

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Short-term tweak #3: Avoid alcohol.

At least two weeks prior to your special day, forego the alcohol to avoid adding on any weight and keeping your body detoxed.

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Short-term tweak #4: Get plenty of sleep.

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The goal here is to ensure that for a couple of weeks before the big day that you do everything you can to get at least eight hours of sleep nightly. Not enough sleep leads to increased eating and facial puffiness.

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Short-term tweak #5: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Ms. Gans reminds readers that being well-hydrated can be key to feeling great due to that dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue and confusion for hunger. Her advice―try your best to drink plenty of fluids like water, seltzer, sparkling water, unsweetened coffee and tea all day long as well as fruits and veggies that are another source of dietary water.

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Short-term tweak #6: Don't skimp on exercise.

According to Ms. Gans, exercising now might not make a big difference in your weight, but it can do a lot of good for your mood by relieving stress from the upcoming event, not to mention the importance of a good sweat to help cleanse your system.

Here’s how you can detox and lose some weight with this Dr. Oz Approved Detox Diet.

Short-term tweak #7: Eat smart on your special day.

Skipping meals before the event, the day of the event is a big mistake—especially if there’s going to be alcohol involved. Go for a filling protein-packed breakfast like whole-grain toast with avocado, tomato and two eggs, or a salad with grilled chicken or shrimp is Ms. Gan’s recommendation. But if there’s no time to sit down for meal, then go for something quicker like fresh fruit, veggies, hummus, peanuts and Greek yogurt.

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Short-term tweak #8: Take a soak

Try this final tweak you can do in the tub guaranteed by Dr. Oz to help you fit into your clothes.

Reference: U.S. News & World Report “7 Ways to Look Great on Your Wedding Day Without Dieting” by Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN.