Hollywood celebrities aren’t the only people who do photo shoots, you know...
Their photos just end up on magazines and billboards, which makes their photo shoots a little (just a little) more prominent than ours.
But we have our own photo shoot moments scattered throughout the calendar year.
Family portraits, pictures at each holiday, vacation photos, or really any life moment that you want to sit on the mantle above your fireplace.
No matter what the occasion is, you want to look and feel ready when the cameraman beckons to, “Say cheese!”
So how do you do it?
Well, I’ll guide you through what the celebrities do and you can take it from there!
I’m confident you’ll find that getting photo shoot ready isn’t as difficult as you thought it would be!
Follow these celebrity steps and you’ll see stars at your next photo shoot moment!
Cutting carbs is essential for looking your best in front of the camera.
You know this from experience in everyday life.
When you munch on carbohydrates, you bloat…
And then you munch some more because, well, most carbohydrates you enjoy don’t suppress your appetite.
They make you feel hungrier after you eat them and spurn some crazy cravings.
I recommend cutting carbs about 4 days from your big photo op.
Keep away from sugar and refined carbohydrates. You also want to stay away from fruit around this time, too.
Because even though an apple is healthier than a cookie, they’re both filled with carbohydrates.
Instead, I recommend sticking to green veggies for your carb source. They’ll keep your stomach full and will fill your body with essential nutrients to keep your skin looking great, too.
Be sure to add some asparagus to the mix as well. It’s a natural diuretic, which will help your body flush out toxins that cause your body to hang onto fat that you’re trying to slim off.
Between days 4-2, cut carbs and then in the last 24 hours leading up to the photo shoot, feel free to add some more carbs to your diet.
“Carb-ing up” will cause your muscles to look more defined because they’ll eat up all of the carbs that they’ve been craving.
Eat Plenty Of Protein
Protein is always advantageous.
In fact, eating more protein will cause your metabolism to kick-start and stay strong throughout the day, meaning that you’ll burn fat even when you aren’t thinking about it!
When getting ready for your photo shoot, eat plenty of lean protein such as white chicken breast, tuna fish, and even extra lean ground beef.
Eating protein will help you to lean out and feel more satisfied with your meal.
You can even mix your protein source with some leafy greens for an incredible tasting salad, like a grilled chicken and asparagus salad.
Cut Down On Salt
Leading up to your photo shoot, you want to watch your salt intake…
Salt causes your body to dehydrate, which in turn causes water retention and bloating.
Watch how you cook your food (seasoning, sauce, etc.) and try to stay as “low-sodium” as possible.
Again, when you start to add more carbohydrates to your diet, a little bit of salt will be just fine to follow.
Just don’t overdo it by eating salty snacks, canned-soups or grains.
Hydrate, Then Dehydrate
Staying hydrated is a good rule to live by.
Lots of people talk about it.
Few people actually do it...
It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the days leading up to your photo shoot.
By drinking a gallon or two a day while eating low-carb, you’ll flush toxins out of your body that causes bloat.
However, this is the part you probably didn’t expect…
On the day before your photo shoot, you’ll want to consume less water than you have been in previous days. Cut your water intake to about ¾ of a gallon (which is still plenty)...
On the day of your photo shoot don’t drink a lot of water.
Instead, you’ll want to sip on water by little bits throughout the day. Remember that this is only for your photo shoot.
Afterwards, get right back to drinking a healthy intake of water.
Watch Your Workouts
Because you’re changing your diet leading up to your photo shoot, you’ll want to change up your workouts as well.
You don’t want to over-fatigue your muscles, which can result when your muscles aren’t being fueled by carbohydrates. If you do fatigue your muscles, you’ll find that they look bloated rather than cut.
Change up your workouts to only full body exercises with lighter weight and higher rep schemes.
You could probably perform something like a squat for 4 sets of 20 reps and then a bench press for 4 sets of 20 reps as well.
Then, call it a day.
Don’t worry about cardio. Your diet leading up to the photo shoot will help you to lean out, and remember, you don’t want to overtax your muscles.
On the day before and the day of your photo shoot, don’t work out.
You’ll do your body some good by allowing it to recover.
You’ve been working hard to prepare for your photo op. Take a couple of rest days and you’ll look great on camera.
Epsom Salt Bath
My last tip for you is to relax in a warm Epsom salt bath.
Epsom salt baths have been known to reduce water weight.
Do this a few days before your photo shoot when your water intake is still at its normal level.
You don’t want to take an Epsom salt bath the day before or the day of the photo shoot because you’ll put yourself in danger of becoming dangerously dehydrated.
And there you have it!
6 Hollywood celebrity steps to get you ready for your next photo shoot!
When you plan out a photo shoot, no matter what the occasion, you want to be proud to show the dear people in your life your pictures.
Your photos will scale your living room walls, rest on a fireplace mantle, fill up your portfolio and so much more.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll be at your best when your next opportunity rolls around