There are easy ways to appear slimmer without starving yourself or breaking a sweat.
Step 1: Stop eating salt You can drop a few pounds of water weight in a day or two simply by eliminating sodium.
Step 2: Drink dandelion tea Drink dandelion leaf tea. Herbalists swear you can flush out four pounds of fluids in one day.
Step 3: Splurge on a body wrap Splurge on a skin-firming body wrap. It can give you a slimmer silhouette in a single one-hour session by compressing fat cells. And the effects can last up to a month.
: Consult your doctor before having a body wrap if you have any allergies or medical conditions.
Step 4: Get a tan Get a fake tan; a bronzed body always looks more slender than a pale one.
TIP: To look even slimmer, highlight your abdomen with a light dusting of gold powder.
Step 5: Buy a new bra Go to a lingerie store for a proper bra fitting: Wearing the right one can make you look pounds lighter.
TIP: Experts say bras should be replaced every six months.
Step 6: Trade in your baggy clothes Ditch any baggy duds in favor of clothes that lightly cling. It may sound strange, but oversize clothes actually make you look bigger than ones that gently hug the body.
Step 7: Go to great lengths Pick dresses and skirts that stop at the slimmest part of your leg; when other people see you, their brain will automatically register that your entire leg is just as slim.
Step 8: Go ahead and vent Choose shirts with side vents, and wear them over your pants to create the illusion of a tinier waist. To camouflage a stomach paunch, wear a shirt that has ruching around the middle.
TIP: Tucking in your shirt can make you look heavier than you really are.
Step 9: Dab on floral perfume Dab on a floral/spicy scent. A study found it makes men perceive a woman as four to twelve pounds lighter than she really is!
FACT: In some African societies, slim women who become engaged to well-off men are sent to 'fattening rooms' to plump up for their wedding!