Get into your Skinny Jeans by Friday!

By Catherine Cassidy

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to health and wellness I’m not always just motivated by reducing risk for heart disease, etc. I love how I feel when I’m in shape, but I LOVE how I look in my clothes when I’m in shape. And I love for my clothes to always fit. I’ll stay at one weight just so all my favorite pieces still fit well. It’s so annoying when suddenly something is too big or too small … especially when you don’t have the time to shop for something to replace it. And, it’s not always that simple to replace it!

Can you relate?

We’ve all been there. An event is coming up in 5 days and you suddenly realize your dress is just a we bit tight. Good thing you made yourself do a fitting to finalize your outfit (accessories et al!), right?!

There is nothing worse than realizing what you were planning to wear doesn’t fit. So, I decided to enlist the help of an expert. Andie Jones of BeWell Nutrition shared with me her top 3 tactics to lose a few pounds to fit into that dress (and we all know even 1 or 2 pounds can make a difference!):


  • Reduce the amount of starchy carbohydrates you’re eating — breads, pastas, pastries of course, but even whole grains and potatoes.  Instead focus on leafy and crunchy vegetables.
  • It’s helpful to replace a meal a day with a balanced, protein smoothie that’s filling, yet easy to digest.  This can eliminate belly bloat.
  • Eliminating coffee, alcohol, and carbonated beverages will help reduce bloating and can have a slimming effect.  Instead, replace these beverages with a 2-3 cups of green tea each day, which has a fat burning effect.

I can attest that replacing a meal a day with a smoothie is effective. As someone who loves a glass of wine (or a skinny margarita!) at the end of my day, it’s not my favorite tip, but again, it is effective.

Something that you’ve probably noticed (at least once a month) is that suddenly you feel a bit fuller. Maybe the ‘muffin top’ is more pronounced and you SWEAR you haven’t changed anything in your routine and can’t recall overindulging too much.

Oh, yea. It’s that time again. Brilliant.

Fortunately, as much as we love our monthly cycle and the bloat that comes with it, there is one simple thing we can do to mitigate the water retention that tends to happen around that time of the month. According to Jones, “watch your salt and sodium intake. Instead, spice up your food with other herbs and spices.  Also, chamomile tea is very soothing and has a mild diuretic effect, so it can be helpful to sip this herbal tea throughout the day.”

Style note: If you are feeling the effects of bloat and ‘muffin top’ styling your outfit similar to Sarah Jessica Parker’s is one way to beat it that doesn’t require limiting salt or wine. It’s all about balancing proportions – add a little volume on top to minimize/hide your stomach (just don’t wear a tent, you should still have shape) and balance it with a slim, tailored line on bottom.

Now, back to the wine … again … I love a glass of wine to unwind, so I asked Andie if I really had to give it up.

You will be glad to know that she doesn’t force us to cut it out. In fact, “Drinking a glass of wine a day has been tied to a number of health benefits – red wine especially.” Though, Jones does warn us “that alcohol is sugar and it’s important to have the wine with a meal or snack that includes protein and fats, so that your body is less likely to store that extra sugar as fat.”

Since we don’t want that extra fat (need I remind you of muffin top?), let’s reiterate that last part to really get it to set in: “it’s important to have the wine with a meal or snack that includes protein and fats, so that your body is less likely to store that extra sugar as fat.”

Now, drum roll please … the number 1 mistake women make with their diet?? Eating too little! Jones sees so many “clients skip meals and restrict calories in an effort to lose weight, and that can really backfire.  Most of my clients are surprised when I ask them to actually eat more food and they see that result in weight loss.”

So, the moral of the story is that we get to eat more? Yes, if it’s leafy, green or a vegetable and a balanced mix of proteins, carbs and fats.

Those skinny jeans aren’t seeming so ominous anymore!!

Taking leave of the Corporate Fashion Industry, Catherine Cassidy founded U*styled in 2008 to support busy women everywhere. YOU are our mission. U*styled is dedicated to empowering women and giving you the tools to discover the lifestyle you deserve through personal style. Her unique approach to Personal Styling and Brand Image has had her work across a broad range of industries and career stages including Real Estate, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Entrepreneurs and Celebrity Entrepreneurs.

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