Valentine’s Day is almost here and you’ve got a party to attend. Whether it’s a huge bash or a one-on-one, it’s essential to look your best. Whether or not you’ve been hitting the gym, we give you 10 tips trimmer for Valentine’s Day that will help get rid of the dreaded bloat and slim you down by sundown.
Take a probiotic in the morning
These “good” bacteria help keep your gut healthy and can also help get rid of any excess gas. If you’re not in the mood for yogurt or traditional Indian probiotics, pop a supplement.
Cut carbs and dairy
Complex carbs make the body retain water while dairy is slow to digest. Both can lead to a bloated feel, something you’re trying hard to avoid.
Nix the salt
Salt and bloating are extremely good friends so ban salt for a day. Avoid all processed foods, which are high in sodium. If you must eat, look for labels that say sodium free, low sodium or very low sodium.
Say no to alcohol
We all love our single malts and wines but be warned. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and can cause your face to look bloated and puffy. It can also give you a puffed-up stomach. So abstain! You can drink up in the evening!
Schedule a body wrap. Get in a slimming body wrap treatment in the early part of the day. Being wrapped in bandages/plastic leads to weight and inch loss on account of vasodilation, the dilation of blood vessels that decreases blood pressure.
Drink water through the day and stay away from carbonated drinks – the bubbles can inflate your belly. Diet sodas also lead to cravings so stay away.
Treading the raw path may help you drop a dress size by the evening. Try fruit for breakfast. For lunch, make a salad of leafy greens, cucumber, tomatoes and chicken/egg with a dressing of lemon juice and a smidgen of olive oil. An afternoon snack – an apple and peanut butter – will keep you going. Or else, try these 10 zero-calorie foods.
Take a long bath
Add a cup of Epsom salts to the bath and soak for a while. The salts create a reverse osmosis process by drawing water out of your cells.
Try a coffee scrub
A homemade scrub comprising coffee, sugar, oats and oil will get your skin date ready and can also reduce puffiness in the body. The skin absorbs caffeine and acts as a mild diuretic.
Stand up straight
Mommy knew what she was talking about. A good posture can help you look slimmer than you are. Stand straight, lift your butt and shift your weight to your heels. Open up your shoulders and tauten your tummy.