Losing weight is a goal many brides share. There is nothing like a diamond ring to motivate a woman to get serious about dropping those extra pounds. Unfortunately, many brides believe that to get the results they want and look their best on their wedding day they need to resort to extreme measures. The end result? A hungry bridezilla and no one looks pretty when cranky and anxious.
The famous song “First comes love, then comes marriage” missed something. It goes more like this: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes an expanding waistline.” Studies have found that post-wedding brides pack on the pounds more than men do. This is probably the result of the pre-wedding crash diets that focus on restricting foods instead of balanced and mindful eating.
Squeezing into your white wedding dress is great inspiration and can provide the motivation you need to reach your weight and fitness goals. Losing weight the healthy way will not only leave you looking like the princess you always dreamed off, it will also help you to feel amazing and prevent those love handles that come with marriage. So if he decided to put the ring on it take a couple of days to celebrate and indulge before you begin your preparations to become the bride you have always dreamed of!
1. Write out your reasons
You don’t have to starve your way to the altar to look like the princess you always dreamed of. Successful weight loss stories start with a list of reasons and advantages of losing weight (I want to look sexy in my dress, I’ll have more energy, I’ll increase my self esteem, I’ll be more physically fit, I’ll be less self critical, I’ll be in better health). So grab the index cards and sticky notes hiding in the back of your desk drawer and scribble away. Read these reasons and goals every time you face temptation and find yourself struggling. Consistently reflecting on your goals will allow you to internalize them, tapping into why they are important to you and giving you that extra bit of motivation to further commit.
2. Quality vs Quantity
Another key aspect when loosing weight is changing the way you think about food and developing a healthy relationship with it. Nickel and dimming calories lead to an unhealthy obsession and food relationship. Focusing on quality (whole clean foods) V.S. quantity (calories) will take the stress away from “dieting. As if planning your happily ever after isn’t already stresfull enough! By “whole clean foods” I mean, unprocessed or minimally process foods such as: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and lean proteins. Yes, calories matter, but focusing on nutrients will effect real change.
3. Simple carb and sugar detox
With everything on a bride’s to do list, energy is a must! Boosting energy is about avoiding foods that deplete it like simple carbs and sugars. Because they are digested and absorbed so quickly they spike your blood glucose and provide an energy rush . Grabbing a candy bar or bagel for a snack is usually done in vain because the crash and fatigue come just as quickly as the spike. Plus simple carbs and sugars are usually loaded with sugar and lack fiber, vitamins and minerals. The recipe for disaster and weight gain.
Water is a natural way to detox! There is no need to suffer through a crazy fast because as long you eliminate junk food and add more glasses of water to your diet your body will detox itself. Aim for half your body weight in ounces per day. Not a huge fan of plan ol’water? Try sparkling flavored water and add slices of fresh fruit to flavor it.
5. Splurge wisely
If done correctly, periodic high-calorie splurges can be mind boosting but if not careful these treats can lead down a slippery slope. A bowl of chips or scoop of ice cream every night is not a cheat meal…it’s a bad habit. Aim for 2-4 cheat days a month and limit yourself to one meal + one snack rather than adopting an all-you-can-eat mindset.
5. Plan, plan plan
Meal planning may be the most important thing to do when you want to loose weight and keep it off. If you take the time to plan out your meals so they are nutritionally balanced there is no need to count calories. Plus meal planning will save you money by avoiding food waste, which means more funds for your wedding or honeymoon. Planning takes time and energy so don’t try this after a busy day at work. Delegate your Sunday chores to your better half and dedicate 1-2 hours to this. I plan my weekly meals by first deciding what three major proteins I’m going to eat and my rule of thumb is “cook once, eat twice”. I’ll cook and shred some chicken to prepare Chicken Tostadas one night and a salad for lunch the next day.
6. Get active
The formula for dropping pounds is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise but that doesn’t mean that fitness should be in the back burner. Check out this 6 Month Fitness Workout Plan from The Knot.
As you get closer to walking down the aisle the stress and crazy schedule may threaten to derail your plan and commitment but that’s what the index cards and sticky notes you created are for. Think of these goals as vows to yourself; a promise of self love and respect towards your body mind and soul.