We love our wine + cheese over here at Sarah Ellefson Photography but we all know that’s not the best prep for photos or feeling great in your wedding attire. Wedding fitness expert Stephanie of Boss Brides is here on the blog to share the real scoop on how to decrease bloating before photos. She’s a total pro and these are legit tips, including a secret hack at the end if you’re up to the wire and just can’t kick the poofy feeling.
If there’s one thing we know to be absolutely true for a bride-to-be, it’s that feeling and looking your best is a MUST. With engagement photos, bachelorette parties and of course, your big day coming up, there’s nothing worse than feeling like your flat tummy has turned into a bloated blimp overnight. It happens to the best of us, but understanding WHY we bloat is key to knowing how we can combat it.
Our bodies typically bloat because of two reasons: 1) fluid retention, like after drinking too much alcohol or eating salty foods, and 2) digestive upset, meaning you aren’t processing food to create waste efficiently. The good news is that both are easy fixes when you know what to do, so keep reading to be flat-tummied in no time!
Whether it’s rocking your tiny white bikini for your Palm Springs bach-bash or your dream wedding dress that fits like a glove, we’re giving you our tried-and-true tricks to make sure you can go into every one of your big events feeling your very best!
Water is seriously underrated. Besides the fact that your body physically CANNOT burn fat when it’s dehydrated, it’s also responsible for flushing out toxins (hello, happy hour) and prevents fluid retention (we know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s true). You should be drinking AT LEAST half your bodyweight in ounces on the daily, but if you want to prevent bloating or water retention after a night of too many margaritas, we recommend increasing it to 100-120 ounces. We promise, you’ll feel (and look) better in no time!
FOCUS ON FIBER
Fiber not only keeps you full, so that you’re not overeating, it cleans out your insides to keep you regular. There’s nothing like stress, hormones or travel to throw a girl’s gut off it’s morning bathroom routine, so making sure you prioritize foods like cruciferous vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legumes at each meal will help keep your tummy feel flat and happy.
SWEAT IT OUT
A good sweat sesh is probably the easiest and fastest way to push out any extra fluid and tighten up your tummy when you wake up feeling less-than-ideal. A 20-30 minute workout promotes blood flow to your digestive system, which decreases bloat as well as pushing out any toxins that could be causing water retention.
Try this the next time you wake up feeling puffy:
:30 Jumping Jacks
:30 Air Squats
:30 Jump Squats
:30 Plank Hold
Repeat 5-10 rounds
If you have a big event in the next few days, you’ll want to avoid any foods that may have a tendency to bloat you. For most people these include: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, beans and lentils. Also, any salty or high carbohydrate foods can cause water retention, so avoid these 24 hours before an event: popcorn, soy sauce, pasta, chips, bread or anything with added salt. Remember – no matter when you have these foods – always drink extra water to help your body process them better.
LAST MINUTE HACK
When all else fails and the rehearsal dinner debauchery leaves you puffy AF, despite your good intentions, here’s what every supermodel and fitness guru do to look their best before a big event to decrease bloating before photos the next day. Before you go to bed, take 300-400mg magnesium; this is going to help you digest and guarantee a morning poop so you’re not walking down that aisle with a food baby. (You’re welcome). You’re also going to take 2 Dandelion Root pills the night before and the morning of. This significantly decreases water retention, so just make sure you drink 10oz. of water each time. And just like that, you’ve got a flat tummy!
We hope these tips to for how to decrease bloating before photos leave you toned, tight and ready to look and feel your very best for all the exciting celebrations coming your way! For more tips and tricks, follow along @bossbrides on Instagram and stay tuned for our personalized training programs coming Spring of 2020 to get your dream body just in time for your big day. Thank you, Stephanie! If you’re in the wedding prep mode, read this post about how to care for your hair so you boast a glossy thick mane on your wedding day.