9 Ways To Shape Up For That Special Event

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  • What is the healthiest party diet? People who are trying to get in shape for a special event, such as a wedding, an award show, a class reunion or a vacation, often do extreme things to slim down and get in shape.

    Common drastic measures can include bizarre food combinations, dramatic detox plans, such as the Master Cleanse…or just plain starving.

    Even more extreme, there have been many reports of people wiring their mouths shut or resorting to the K-E Diet, where a feeding tube is used to slowly drip 800 calories of protein, water and fat from the nose, down the esophagus and directly into the person’s stomach every day for up to 10 days.

    Dangerous Effects Of Dramatic Weight Loss

    Yes, any and all extreme diet measures can result in quick and dramatic weight loss, but the downside is that, because these are all temporary fixes, the weight loss not only will not be long-term, but in many cases, will re-appear quickly, sometimes along with a few extra pounds. Aside from these diets being non-permanent solutions, medical experts also are alarmed by the extreme dangers that these women are putting themselves at risk for.

    “Rapid weight loss increases the risk of heart arrhythmias, dehydration, and electrolyte disturbances,” says Ethan Lazarus, a family doctor in Denver who specializes in obesity medicine. “Shedding pounds this quickly, he says, makes it likely that you will lose more lean body mass and water than fat. This can slow metabolism and result in an instant regain of weight once you go off the diet. You may gain more than you lost,” says Lazarus.

    Experts also point out that your waistline isn’t the only thing that suffers from rapid weight loss. Other effects include shrunken fingers and feet and a drooping face—which can result in a loose wedding ring, flopping shoes, and a blushing bride with a dull expression.

    What’s The Right Way To Get Fit?

    If you want to lose weight before an event, you should actually start your weight loss program at least 10 weeks before the event date, says Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some people, especially with those with more than 20 pounds to lose, can safely lose more. Experts agree that eventually things will level out to 1 to 2 pounds a week for the average person.

    Last-Minute Diet Tips That Experts Can Agree On

    Eat a low-carb diet. There is no question that low-carb diets work well. But experts caution against eating too few carbs, and advise brides to consume between 50 and 75 grams per day to safely speed up weight loss. This can be achieved by eating lean protein, leafy greens, and healthy fats, such as nuts and seeds (watch the portions), and cutting back on processed grains, dairy, soy, sugar (including fruit sugar), and starchy vegetables.

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