6 Secrets to Look Great for a Special Occasion

Unexpected things happen: a surprise vacation, an old friend’s wedding, your own marriage proposal. So how do we clean our skin and get in shape fast? It seems impossible…

Fret not! Bright Side has collected some tips on what you can do when there's not much time.

2 weeks. Lose weight.

You could lose a few pounds in 2 weeks if you reduce your caloric intake to 1,000-1,100 kcal per day. To do this, fill your diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat fish and meat. Due to limited energy intake, stored fats will be burned. Don’t forget to drink at least half a gallon (2 liters) of water a day — this is rule #1 for those who want to lose weight.

1 week. Tighten the waist and improve skin condition.

Losing weight in 7 days is possible with 3 types of foods: citrus fruits, pineapple, and protein. Citrus fruits contain large amounts of fruit acids, which dissolve fats and remove them from the body. In addition, vitamin-rich fruits — especially vitamin C-rich — will improve your immunity, skin condition, and overall well-being.

Pineapple is recognized as one of the best slimming products thanks to bromelain, which effectively breaks down fats. Proteins are building blocks for our body, supplying energy. For a full-fledged result, you should forget about carbohydrates and fats for these 7 days.

3 days. Tighten your belly.

Several options could help you remove excess fat from your abdominal area. The first: drink 7 oz (200 ml) of carrot and apple (1:1) juice 6 times a day. Not only do these products contain few calories but they also saturate your body with vitamins, beta-carotene, and pectin.

The second option: for breakfast and lunch, prepare a mixture of 1 boiled egg, 1 tablespoon of sour cream, and 1 grated carrot. For dinner, just have green tea without sugar.

2 days. Cleanse your body.

If you have only a couple of days left, small hacks for cleansing your body will come in handy. They work thanks to the same bromelain that breaks down fats. For breakfast, have a pineapple, which you can supplement with fresh citrus juice or coffee without sugar but with lemon.

During the day, replace your usual drinks with a glass of hot water with mint and lemon. Lunch should consist of beets, carrots, and cabbage and also a few large prunes if you’d like. You should also have a glass of water with lemon and maybe some dried apricots before going to bed.

1 day. Remove excess water.

When the time can be measured in hours, you will be saved by vegetables and bran. The latter serves as an "internal scrub" for our intestines, so 5-6 tablespoons of bran with low-fat yogurt in the morning will be very useful for your body.

Fry with 1 tablespoon of olive oil or boil 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) of frozen vegetables. Divide it into 5-6 servings, and eat at regular intervals. These measures will help you get rid of excess water. This is the best you can do because removing fats takes much longer.

Remember that these tips are good only for the periods of time mentioned! Eating too many sour foods on an empty stomach or a prolonged low-calorie intake is dangerous. Losing weight is a gradual process, and these tips are simply emergency measures. Love yourself, and enjoy the celebrations!

Bonus: Prevent sagging breasts

  1. Strengthen the muscles in your chest with weightlifting, chest presses and pulls, arm raises, roundabout push-ups, and dumbbell flyes. Don't forget to wear a properly fitted sports bra.
  2. Sleep on your back. If you favor one side while you sleep, you may find that the top breast stretches more.
  3. Stop dieting, and eat healthily. Each time you gain weight, your breasts may appear to sag more when you lose it.
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