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segunda-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2011

Thinner in a flash!

If you’ve got a party this week and you’re feeling fat and frumpy, fear not. It is possible to appear thinner — either by  getting rid of bloating, or simply tricking the eye — in no time at all. 
Here, we show you how...

BANISH BLOATING

TAKE A BATH: Add a cup of Epsom salts to a bath and lie there for 15 minutes. The magnesium sulphate in the salts help to draw out fluid from your body, and helping you to look slimmer.

GET A WRAP: The Universal Contour Wrap is a mummifying mud treatment that’s a tried-and-tested favourite for quick, all-over weight loss.
You’re wrapped in bandages that minimise water retention and the makers say you are guaranteed to lose up to six inches where it matters after just one 60‑minute treatment or your money back.

GET A MASSAGE: Elemis’s Fennel Cleansing Cellulite and Colon Therapy has an abdominal massage that works wonders in reducing fluid retention, while the fennel and birch all-over body mask, combined with drainage massage technique, smooths the appearance of cellulite and boosts circulation.
  
CURB CARBS, SALT AND DAIRY:  Avoid carbs, salt and dairy on the day of a big party.
Complex carbs and salt cause the body to hold water, while dairy products are slow to digest.

EAT STRATEGICALLY: For breakfast, have some watermelon and for lunch and dinner a small amount of chicken with vegetables or salad. The water in the fruit and vegetables will fill you up. But avoid sprouts, which can leave you bloated. If want a snack, try a spoonful of almond butter.

AVOID GUM: As you chew gum, you swallow air, which causes bloating and belly expansion. Even sugar-free gum contains sweeteners which are thought to make you retain water.
Also, according to some dermatologists, the repetitive movements of chewing build  up your jaw muscles, so your face  looks wider.
If you smoke, stop for the day — swallowed or gulped air is the biggest single cause of bloating.

GET UP AND GO WALKING: After each meal, go for a brisk walk for at least five minutes. Moving your body helps release air that has been trapped in your digestive system.

ONLY DRINK STILL WATER: Avoid caffeine, alcohol and fruit juices — their high acid content can irritate your gastro-intestinal tract, causing swelling. Fizzy drinks bubbles distend your tummy.  

QUICK FIGURE FIXERS

GET A TAN: Stars count on looking 5lb thinner by getting a spray-tan. If you’re baring your legs in a dress, try extra misting on the inner and outer legs to make them look narrower.
Celebrity favourite Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick make-up is foolproof. Use on your face, neck and arms.

ENHANCE YOUR FEATURES: Use a cream bronzer under your jawline and cheekbones to make your face look more angular. Pulling your hair up into a high ponytail or a half up-do will create height and make your face look slimmer. 

GET THE RIGHT UNDERWEAR: Control underwear is a girl’s best friend in the party season — it can transform your limbs from lumpy and bumpy to smooth and sleek. Pick the item which targets your problem area, be it lifting your bottom, flattening your stomach, slimming hips or defining your waist. 

STAND UP STRAIGHT: The quickest way to look like you have dropped a dress size is to stop slouching. Stand tall, with your shoulders pulled back and down, and imagine a string is at the top of your head, pulling you upwards.

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