How to Slim Down for a Photoshoot
Why slim down for photoshoot?
Everyone wants to look in their best in a photoshoot. Most people don't do photoshoot often and thus they want to do it well once and for all. Besides, doing a professional photoshoot is usually pricey, energy-draining and time-consuming, and thus nobody wants to re-do it.
If you are wondering how do models lose weight before a shoot because you also want to slim down for a wedding or casual photoshoot, the methods are the same as slimming down for any other reason.
The two main components to slim down for a photoshoot are dieting and exercising. Unfortunately (many Singaporeans love to eat), dieting is more important than exercising.
I'm not a fan of the gym although I do step into different gym outlets quite often... to eat and chill. My good friends are the personal trainers behind the chain of the local personal training company - Gold's Gym Singapore. I got to learn a lot from them regarding fitness and health, including slimming down.
Case studies: Weight loss for a personal trainer
During my teenage days when playing volleyball games with the renown Singaporean personal trainer Chung Tze Khit, everyone was amazed with his regular self prepared lunch - sardines. Out of curiosity, we questioned him more and he revealed that his usual breakfast was hard boiled eggs - many of them. These are food with high protein. I wasn't sure how many years of strict diet he stick with before relaxing. Of course, those were the days he was trying hard to tone up his body to begin as a personal trainer.
Tze Khit was featured in the local media numerous times. Every now and then, he needed to do a physique portrait photoshoot for the interview articles. Since he's a very successful person, he has learned to enjoy his life by not restricting his diet insanely like when he was young. Before doing every fitness photoshoot, he had to start training for two to three months to slim down and buff up. The main component of the training is dieting.
Why does a professional personal trainer cum a gym owner who spends huge amount of time inside the gym has to go on a special diet to slim down when he's already been working out in the gym a few times every week? Dieting plays a major part in slimming down, apart from a more intensified workout plan.
How to slim down for a photoshoot?
Let's talk about the average people (non fitness instructor) instead. Many women have to slim down for their wedding photoshoot because they want to look the best for the most important once and only time of their lives. That's probably the time in their lives that they're most disciplined.
From my casual interviews, what most of the ladies have done are basically controlling of diet and doing more cardio exercises.
Dieting to slim down
Dieting means reduction of high carbohydrate food and instead, consuming more high protein food. The lesser carbohydrate, the most effective the dieting plan would be. High protein food includes fish, beef, chicken breast (the part of the chicken with the least fat), eggs, broccoli and peanuts. Food with high carbohydrate includes rice, noodles and fried food.
Surprisingly, healthy fruits can also increase your weight if you consume them at the wrong timing. There are many fruits that shouldn't be consumed at night because they may be converted to sugar or affect your sleep; there are also fruits that can be consumed an hour before your sleep.
Exercising to slim down
I personally recommend swimming as the main workout for slimming. It requires the use of different muscle groups and it has a much lower rate of causing injuries to the joints. In fact, water is a good medium for physiotherapy.
Cycling and jogging are good for slimming down but everyone should take note of the possible injuries on the joints, especially knees. Perhaps, as advised by my previous physiotherapist for my knee injuries, cyclists should try to increase the height of the bicycle seat in order to keep the legs straighter to reduce pressure on the knees. For joggers, wearing a good pair of jogging shoes is advisable. Avoid jogging on concrete ground for there will be greater impacts, which may injure the knees. Running tracks are the most ideal if you find jogging on the treadmill boring.
On a side note, while hanging around my friends' gym outlet, I saw a curve treadmill that reminded me a little like the hamster's jogging wheel. My friend told me the machine would further help to reduce pressure to reduce injury.
There are also many other kinds of workout to slim down, such as yoga and speed walking, and the list goes on. However, I would advise you to just keep things simple.
Slimming down for a photoshoot is very straightforward but it also requires a lot of determination. The most difficult and crucial part of slimming down is dieting, which most people fail badly in. Nevertheless, the person who really wants to look good in her photoshoot will eventually do it.
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