We’ve heard some horror stories of people not eating before a photoshoot. God forbid you to do that as you may just faint during the shoot. And trust us – it’s not a pretty sight.

Having said that, many are still confused as to what they can eat before a photoshoot. We know the aim of the shoot is to make you look good and elevate you to the next level. In order to achieve this, you need to observe three simple, yet practical tips in this blog post before your photoshoot. You don’t want to look pudgy in front of the camera. Neither do you want to look under-nourished.

Tip #1: Carbs Up, Then No Carbs

You may have a love-hate relationship with carbohydrates (carbs for short) as its bad reputation stems from the fact that excess carbs make you fat. But from what you learnt in school, carbohydrates provides the body with the necessary energy for the body to carry out its necessary functions; as well as digestion.

The trick to looking good for a photoshoot is to tweak your carbs intake prior to it. Studies have shown that if you increase your carbs intake for two to three days prior to the shoot, it will help to super-saturate your muscle glycogen stores…leaving your muscles large and full. Then one day before the actual shoot, you should steer clear of all carbs so as not to look bloated on the actual day. This will help you look lean and mean during the photoshoot.

Tip #2: Steady Your Proteins

You have to keep your protein intake steady at least three to four days prior to the shoot date. Proteins are the building blocks of the body and helps in cell renewal and muscle repair. More importantly, a consistent protein intake will help you lose fat and preserve muscle. That, to us, is the major goal.

Another point to note is that a consistent protein intake will prevent hunger pangs and get you to indulge in sugary stuff like doughnuts, cakes and muffins.

Tip #3: Lower Your Sodium

Too much of anything is bad. Likewise, too much sodium in your system causes your body to retain water. This puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. Now that you know there is a direct correlation between sodium and water retention, go steady on the sodium. Sodium is commonly found in many of our foods, especially in processed foods. What makes matters worse is that some of us enjoy adding seasoning (eg. sauces) to our foods even tasting them.

You need to eat prior and yet peak on the actual shoot day. So keep an eye on what you eat and let your body fire up the cameras!