Imagine your wedding day, as you have many times: all eyes are on you; numerous friends and relatives greet you. So much emotion is felt and expressed on this very special day – a day you will remember clearly for the rest of your life. For many, it is undoubtedly one of the most important days of your life. It is a day when you and your best friend embark on a wonderful life together. This day is filled with so much meaning and clearly, it deserves all the preparation you put into it. All too often, a bride and groom-to-be put all their attention on organizing the day itself: arranging the caterers, selecting just the right suit, the breathtaking venue, the gorgeous flowers, and of course, the perfect dress. However, what is often neglected is what is of greatest importance.
As the big day approaches, brides often panic about an extra inch or pound that makes them feel fat. All eyes will be on the bride, so she wants to look her very best and that may include losing some weight.
Start as Early as Possible.
Normal and safe weight loss occurs at no more than 2 pounds per week. Because of that, make sure that you start your weight loss program as early as possible. By doing this you are giving yourself time to adjust to a new exercise program, benefit from the increased energy that comes from exercise, and to work through any plateaus you may encounter in your weight loss journey. So if you want to lose 60 pounds, then give yourself at least 30 weeks to do it. Think about it this way: if you already knew you wanted to lose 60 pounds, shouldn’t you have been working on it anyway?
Ladies, help keep your wedding day, and the time leading up to it, special by not obsessing over looks or a number on a scale. In the end, you want to walk down the aisle as healthy and fit as possible because you know you will look gorgeous in every other way. Don’t let the pressure of the wedding sabotage your weight loss efforts, and don’t let your weight loss efforts get in the way of have a great time planning and enjoying your wedding.
Eat Frequent Small Meals
Instead of eating three large meals per day, have five or six small meals. This will keep you satisfied and prevent gorging during mealtime. Breakfast is essential to get your metabolism started, and according to USA Bride, you’ll be less likely to eat too much throughout the day. Snack on vegetables and fruit. Keep portions under control and remember that most serving sizes are smaller than what most people eat. One serving of rice is approximately 1/2 cup. A serving of meat is about 3 ozs.
While you’re trying to lose weight, avoid or cut back alcohol. Beverages with alcohol have extra calories that can pack on the pounds. It is also an appetite stimulant that may lead to overeating.
Be aware of everything you put into your mouth. Avoid eating while watching television, chatting on the phone or reading. One way to stay with your eating program is to write down what you’ll eat during the day and don’t stray from the list. As you eat each food, cross through it.
Finish Eating Early
Eat your dinner at least four hours before bedtime. After your last meal, wash the dishes, put everything away and leave the kitchen until the next morning. Brush your teeth to help resist the temptation to have a late-night snack.
The Knot wedding website advises brides to set aside 20 minutes per day to exercise. Instead of driving, walk to the store. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Or you can walk laps in the mall while you window shop. Choose a time of day when you have energy, so you won’t be as likely to put it off.
Find a Workout Buddy or Buddies
Success in life is often determined by the company you keep. And in order to be successful at weight loss, you need support from friends and family who are like-minded. You can even involve your whole bridal party and workout together with your trainer or coach. That way, you all experience the camaraderie that bonds a group together and you will be able to push each other to do more, be more, and be accountable to each other.