A wedding is a beautiful ceremony of celebrating love between two people. That said, it can be overwhelming, especially if you are the bride.
For most bridezillas, it is not the quest of finding the perfect wedding venue, searching for the special wedding cake, or creating the perfect flower arrangement, that makes them go berserk.
What gives them the most anxiety is actually the idea of not perfectly fitting in their ideal wedding dress which, for most women, is a few inches smaller that their current dress size.
According to a Cornell University study, more than 70% of the would-be-brides are on a mission to lose weight before the big day, and for most of them the goal is to get at least 20 pounds lighter. Unfortunately, the study also shows that at least 1/3rd of them have no qualms about getting to their desired weight by opting for unhealthy and extreme weight loss tactics such as skipping meals, fasting and dieting pills….all of which can have a detrimental effect on your health, give you loose skin and make you feel everything but healthy.
I am absolutely sure that you don’t want to feel lethargic and sick on one of the most important day of your life. You want to feel beautiful both inside and out, and be able to take part in and cherish every moment of your special day.
In this article you are going to discover 7 strategic ways to get to your desired weight, without making yourself suffer or starve. These tips are specifically designed to make you look beautiful on the day you tie the knot of love, during the honeymoon and even on your 25th wedding anniversary down the road. After all, if I am going to be working hard, I better have the results for the long term….Right?
1. Schedule a time for your workout and stick to it.
Staying active is incredibly important and so is picking the right time. As a fitness coach I hear complaints about not having the time or being too tired for a workout all the time. But the truth is, if you want your dream body, you will have to consistently work towards getting it…consistency being the key word here.
Studies have shown that motivation and endurance can diminish when you skip a lot of days between workouts. One of the main reason people continue working out is because they feel healthier from previous day workout and they want to re create that sensation. When you go days without any physical exertion, that enthusiasm can diminish. Hence, making the probability of your working out the next day even lower.
You know your schedule and your body better than anyone. For many, the best time to workout might be early morning before the day begins, for others it might be evening or night. Also, some may not like the gym or running on the treadmill, there is always a way to personalize each workout to match your lifestyle. Don’t like the gym? Power walk or go running in the nature.
2. Eat clean and controlled. Just like workout, a clean and healthy diet is very important to attain your ideal body.
Many times we snack mindlessly when we aren’t even hungry, or just because that bar of chocolate or chips is in plain view or within our arms’ reach. You have to remember that each of your decision matters. You are powerful, so you can control your temptations and cravings. The next meal you have, instead of focusing on emptying the plate, eat only till you are not hungry. If you find leftovers, you will know to prepare small portions for your next time. This tactic will cut down your calories immensely.
Also, don’t forget to include whole food like fruits and vegetables into your diet. Eat fresh and not processed.
3. A feast or Sampling?
Pre-wedding food tasting can prove expensive…calorie wise, so do it consciously! There is no way to get around sampling. Food is a very important element of a wedding reception and to get it right requires lots of testing and tasting. From hors d’oeurves, to first course, to entrees to the wedding cake, the sampling process can be heaven for your taste buds, but not so much for your arms, waist and stomach. What we can do to lower the packing of calories we can strategically plan ahead for that one sampling session.
Eat cleaner and lighter before going to your tasting event, and while at the event, have a small bite of each dish instead of a whole piece. Also, if you know you are going to be testing a lot of desserts, cut back on any anything sweet before your appointment.
4. Track EVERYTHING that you eat.
By tracking, I don’t mean remembering mentally…I mean writing it down. Research shows that keeping a food diary may just double your weight loss. From food journals to nutrition tracking apps like Myfitnesspal, there are plenty of tools available to make this process easier for you. By actually writing down what you eat, you become consciously aware of what you are putting inside your body. So the next time you crave junk food, you will be more inclined to make the smarter decision of eating clean.
To make this even more effective, reflect back on your food log at the end of every night and see where you could have done better. You are what you eat, and by tracking what you eat, you reduce the chances of eating mindlessly.
5. Cut back heavily on alcoholic beverages.
I don’t mean eliminate it completely, because with wedding parties and showers, that might be unrealistic for a lot of you. But alcohol and weight loss are not exactly friends. Alcohol is very high in calories, plus, it is metabolized differently than fats, carbohydrates and proteins, by your body. When your body breaks down alcohol, it spends all its attention on that process which means that the vital nutrients from other foods like carbohydrates, proteins and fats don’t get enough time to be processed. They are converted to fat, and gets stored away permanently.
Not just that, alcohol can lower your inhibitions and make you overindulge on unhealthy foods. If you must drink, track it on your food planner and choose a diet friendly drink. That said, Alcohol is very high on empty calories- 7 calories/gram. Weigh your priorities and choose wisely.
6. Sculpt your body specifically for your dress.
For example, If your dress is strapless, especially working out your arms , back and shoulders will be very important because that is what will be on view on your wedding day. See which parts of your body your dress highlights and pay more attention to working those muscle groups. Work smarter, not harder.
7. Be realistic about your goal.
20 pounds in a month is not realistic at all. If you want to lose that much weight, give yourself 4-6 months. Start early and be consistent with both your diet and workout.
The great thing about weight is that it is very much controllable. It does take effort but if you are loyal to your goal it will pay off. It is all about being aware of your decisions.
Thousands of women constantly make and break their goal to get healthy on a regular basis. Most of them just fail to find the right motivation and inspiration to go through with it. But for many brides, that ring on their finger is a huge motivator. Take this as an opportunity to start your new chapter with a strong and powerful you. By enough commitment and willpower, you can look like a princess you always dreamed about.
Masterpieces are not build in a day, it takes time, focus and more importantly loyalty. All three of which each of you have. Your body is your masterpiece, work on it with faith and it will pay back.