It is almost a tradition that a bride to be will go on a big diet and fitness kick ahead of her big day, so she can look as good as possible in her wedding dress. While to the bride the wedding day is the focus of just about all activities and endeavours in the months prior to the occasion, for the rest of the people involved in the wedding, like the bridesmaids, life pretty much goes on as normal. Of course, as a bridesmaid you still want to look great at the wedding (after all, weddings are a great place to meet guys if you are single), but it is unlikely you are going to go on a massive pre-wedding diet and exercise campaign!
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You may find the wedding comes around quickly, and you have done pretty much nothing to ensure you look your fittest and best in whatever peach bridesmaid dresses your bride to be friend has chosen for you to wear. Fear not, however, there are a few steps you can take in the days before the wedding to look slimmer and more toned:
The Two Weeks Before
If you still have a couple of weeks to go, you can do a few things to actually make yourself thinner, rather than just creating some clever optical illusions with makeup and underwear! You won’t have time to lose much weight, but if you go on a low carb diet for two weeks before the wedding (under 20 grams of carbs per day), you can eliminate some fat and will also lose a significant amount of water weight, making you slimmer and less bloated. It is also a good idea to try inch loss wraps at a salon. Just one treatment will make you slimmer, and if you can fit in two then you’ll have lost significant inches as well as leaving your skin soft and toned, with less appearance of cellulite. While results are pretty much instant, remember to do this several days before the wedding as you can’t drink alcohol for about three days afterwards without becoming very dehydrated.
You may also want to consider getting a tan (either real or fake), as this will also make you look slimmer.
On the Day
Start the day of the wedding with some yoga, pilates or weight exercises. These types of exercise actually make the muscles look more toned for several hours immediately after doing them, so can add a little extra shape to your calf and arm muscles.
Now, use contouring tricks when you apply your makeup (or ask the makeup artist who is doing the bridesmaids to do this for you) to help define your cheekbones, camouflage things like a double chin, and generally make your face look slimmer.
And there you have it – in just two weeks you can look significantly thinner for the wedding, or, if you have left it too late even for that, you can even do some tricks on the day to look slimmer!