*This is it... The final countdown to your big day. And along with settling those last few details — figuring out where to seat your eccentric Uncle Carl, firming up the flowers — you're likely also making one last push to make sure the body that will be wearing that gorgeous white gown looks as good as it possibly can. You and nearly every other woman with an engagement ring on her finger. In fact, research shows that an overwhelming 91 percent of brides-to-be are anxious about their weight. But from here on out, you won't have to be! *
Whether you want to drop those last few pounds or look more toned — or both — we've got a month's worth of daily tips (none of which require starving yourself or working out nonstop!) that will help you feel stunning and confident when you walk down that aisle. You know where to send the thank-you card. Let's get started!
Day 23: Sip This A-List Approved Belly Flattener
"A week before a big event, I have all my clients sip parsley broth — and they're obsessed with how effective it is," says Rachel Beller, R.D., of Beller Nutritional Institute in Beverly Hills and author of Power Souping.
That's because parsley is a diuretic, and Beller's beloved concoction has the added benefit of eliminating gas and bloating, too.
Here's what to do: Put a bunch of parsley in a pot with three cups of water and a tablespoon of fennel seeds. Add a few slices of fresh ginger root and simmer the mixture for 20 minutes. Strain the solids and sip one cup of the broth.
Bonus points for nibbling on the ginger — it's amazing for digestion. Save the extra servings and enjoy them either chilled or reheated.
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