If you (a Bride or a Groom) are looking to lose some weight before your wedding, NOW is a good time to begin – sooner if possible! Can’t stand the idea of walking down the aisle looking like you do now? Looking in the mirror and liking what you see is important.
In a 2000 Cornell study of 273 women who were getting married within the year, 70 percent of respondents reported wanting to lose more than 20 pounds. But in reality, by wedding day, their average weight loss was only seven pounds.
First, determine how much weight you want to lose before your wedding. Set an achievable goal – several dress sizes or several pounds – that’s up to you. Keep your health in mind. It is important that you are healthy and alert on your wedding day.
Robyn Flipse is a registered dietitian specializing in food, nutrition and health communications, says, “If you’d like to drop 10 lbs., you need at least 5 to 10 weeks. If you already ordered a dress in a smaller size and haven’t allowed enough time to sensibly and safely lose the weight you want, you better be sure to have a good tailor or postpone the wedding by a few more weeks.”
Some say that the stress of planning your wedding makes it even harder to lose weight. In wedding planning, there are a lot of concerns. Issues on the date, the place, the food, and most especially on the wedding dress. My suggestion is to hire the best professionals you can to assist you with your wedding plans. Your craving for chocolate, refined carbs, etc., often get worse during stressful times. When most of us are stressed, we often turn to food for comfort. A wedding consultant can truly be your “special angel” when it comes to taking care of the details and loose ends. This will free you up to focus on dropping a few pounds before your big day.
Eat breakfast. You’ll be less likely to overeat later in the day. Don’t eat red meat. Salmon works well, and brussel sprouts, and other leafy green veggies. Definitely stay away from fried foods. A great way to burn calories is to increase your exercise. Exercise at a vigorous intensity on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes a day. Give up late hours – get enough sleep. This is how your body rejuvenates itself from the work you are doing. Keep in mind weight lost quickly is mostly water weight and may not be permanent unless you continue a realistic exercise and nutrition plan after the wedding.
Do not eat because your watch tells you to. Eat because your body is asking for food. Don’t eat out. Drink lots of water. Carry a bottle of water wherever you go. It’s a good habit to have whether you’re losing weight or not – especially in Arizona where the temperatures can ease past 100 degrees quite often. Savor your food. Eat slowly, chewing the food properly and, above all, tasting it. Eat lots of veggies and fruits for your snacks. Keep an emergency snack on hand. Avoid salt and caffeine. Replace coffee with green tea. Besides the energy it provides, it also helps you to lose weight.
Limit alcohol. Not only is it highly caloric, but it also stimulates appetite and obliterates willpower. It causes you to forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge.
“It’s natural for brides and grooms to want to look their best for their wedding day, and going about it the right way can make the difference between living healthier, or heavier, ever after.” ~ Jennifer Warner
Don’t allow yourself to get down on yourself. Keep a positive attitude about your plan. Don’t struggle. Consistency is key! It may be helpful to asks the girls in your bridal party to participate in your “shedding” with you.
Be careful not to get sucked in by all the showers, parties, and outings prior to your wedding. Stay with healthiest choices. Create lasting memories that don’t revolve around eating.
If you don’t reach your weight loss goal, be sure to have a seamstress on call just in case. Or. . . have a really great photographer who can help you lose weight with Photoshop! 😉
Here is a cute video depicting others who may want to lose weight before their friend’s wedding:
Do yourself a favor. . . take 10 minutes and watch this video! Caution: If the “F” word offends you, please skip this video!
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