This was posted on my personal website last year (this is Whitney) but I decided to move it here so that more of you could benefit from it since we get a lot of emails on this topic. ;-)
Every time I have a photo shoot or an event I am always asked what I do to prepare. Of course, the main thing that I suggest is to eat healthy consistently before your event. You shouldn't do anything unhealthy or drastic to drop weight quickly. Some people think they will just basically starve themselves or do cardio for hours a day...please don't do either! With that being said, there are some changes that I do make to my diet and exercise to lean out as much as possible when I have a special occasion coming up - usually starting about 2 weeks out.
2 weeks out from your event (or even earlier...if you can):
- No alcohol.
- Aim for a gallon of water per day
- Eat only whole foods.
- Limit or eliminate protein powders and protein bars
- This might take some trial and error. I have found over the last few years that eggs, dairy, gluten, protein powders, protein bars, gum, some veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, etc) bloat me. I do eat these (some of them everyday) but will cut them out the week before an event.
- Check out this post for more information on foods that may bloat you and how to beat belly bloat (again, we love the Jillian Michaels Detox Water to help reduce bloating).