So, you've got an important event or soiree coming up and you want to look your best.
Being that I have gone through my own "prep" for photo shoots on quite a few occasions, I'd say I'm pretty well versed in getting to that nice lean look that we all desire when we know we're going to be photographed quite a bit or for just FEELING and LOOKING AWESOME in front of family, friends and even strangers.
I've compiled my own personal tips and tricks into a nice little list to guide you through what you should and shouldn't be eating as well as working out leading up to whatever important thing you've got coming up.
Now I'm not saying that these tips will turn you into a professional body builder in 3 weeks. This is simply a brief guide to get you looking your own personal best in the time given.
Assuming you've had some sort of diet or workout plan up to this point (or even if you haven't), you'll want to start cutting back on junk food and cheat meals.
Instead of downing 4 donuts a week, try cutting down to 1.
The satisfaction of a cheat meal post-event when you're feeling like a lean bean is more than I can ever describe (and is well deserved!).
You'll want to continue consistent workouts in the gym.
I'd also recommend an extra 10-15 minutes added on to your workouts of just straight cardio to get that heart rate up.
This is the point you'll really want to add in some extra cardio.
Get on that treadmill and do some sprints (30 seconds running, 30 seconds walking) for 15-20 minutes about 3 times a week (or more if you're feeling ambitious).
You'll want to eat nutritionally balanced meals like whole grains, lean proteins, and lots and lots of veggies!
Stay away from processed foods and try and stop your eating for the day around 8:00pm if your schedule allows.
I call this phase the chiseling phase because you're just adding in some last minute detailing (if you can call it that) to your body.
At this point, you should be feeling good!
Things you should stay away from:
• MOST sugar-free stuff,
• including gum, because it has artificial sweeteners that cause bloating (if sorbitol is an ingredient, just say no!)
• Dairy (cheeses, yogurts, etc) because again, they cause bloating.
About 2 days out, stop lifting heavy weights (you don't want a swollen look), eat your healthy carbs (they fill in your muscles and make them look nice, round, and LEAN), and be proud of your hard work!
Good luck, and let me know how it goes!