Yes it’s happening. You open up that invitation and realize that WOAH, your high school reunion is already here!
Immediately the self-interrogation starts.
- Should I go?
- Am I where I thought I would be X years after graduating?
- Do I even want my classmates to see me?
Yes. No. Ummm…. It doesn’t matter!
You want to look your best if you attend. But you don’t have much time to prepare!
I just returned from my 20-Year High School Reunion and felt confident, comfortable, and so happy the entire night! Plus I fit into a dress I bought a month before that was a little too tight then.
How Did I Do It?
For the 4 days* leading up to your big event, follow these 5 steps to lose weight and flatten your belly: (*if you have more time, the results will be exponential)
1) Drink a gallon of water daily.
The benefits are endless. You’ll eat less and stay full longer. Built up toxins will be flushed out, leaving your skin younger and your brain more alert!
2) Eat asparagus with every meal (4-6 sprigs).
Asparagus works wonders. It’s a natural diuretic and will get rid of that water weight you’ve been retaining. Within a few hours of your first bite, your urine will become more fragrant and plentiful! It’s working. Get ready to drop up to 5 pounds!
3) Go zero carb.
It’s only for 4 days and you have a goal. Your body will start burning stored fat and you won’t believe your reflection in the mirror. Easy food options are:
- Breakfast: omelet, hard-boiled eggs, protein shake
- Lunch: salad loaded with veggies and grilled chicken/shrimp/fish, dressed with vinaigrette or oil and vinegar
- Dinner: chicken or fish with grilled vegetables
4) No alcohol.
Save it up for the reunion! Alcohol is loaded with empty calories and a lot of sugar which prevents weight loss.
5) Eat something before going to the party.
Don’t walk in hungry. The spread will be loaded with fried finger foods and you’ll overeat… or worse, be buzzed off your first cocktail. You’ve worked hard! Keep yourself together. And eat a small meal before you arrive.
Each step is worth it to make you look and feel your best when entering your reunion. When I walked in, no one believed I was a doctor with 3 kids. And once I was AT the reunion, I didn’t stress about food/drink limitations. I had several cocktails and went out to a late night Taqueria for some messy delicious Mexican food! I am a firm believer (and practicer) that you should work hard… and then celebrate!
About the Author
Rachita Reddy, MD, MPH is a double Board-Certified Nephrologist (kidney specialist) and Internist with training from UC Berkeley, NYU and Lenox Hill Hospital.
Her mission is to improve health (rather than treat sickness) through her passion for hypertension management and weight loss strategies. She customizes plans for patients targeting nutrition, stress, hydration, fitness and sleep to reverse high blood pressure and lose 20+ pounds.
Dr. Reddy has integrated her philosophy into her own life and is more fit and healthy now than ever before. She is the founder of Reddy4HealthyBalance.com where readers can get a FREE guide to lowering blood pressure before walking out the door each morning.