Are you thinking of going on a wedding diet? You’re not alone. As the big day gets closer, most brides would love to look slimmer in their gowns. If that sounds like you, here are some ideas on how to make the most of your pre-wedding diet.
#1: Set a Realistic Goal For Your Wedding Diet
Sure, you might want to lose 50 pounds for your wedding. But if the big day is just two months away, that is just not going to happen. Setting an unrealistic goal is only going to stress you out and leave you feeling moody and disappointed. Instead, sit down and figure out how much can you realistically lose in the amount of time you have.
What’s realistic? Mayo Clinic recommends a loss of 1-2 pounds per week. You might be able to lose three or more pounds during the first week, but that’s because much of it will be water weight. Once your body settles into a normal speed of weight loss, you really shouldn’t expect more than those 1-2 lbs every seven days.
#2: Don’t Enlist the Groom
You might be tempted to ask your significant other to join you on the wedding diet, but this is probably a bad idea. Dieting often makes people tense and moody, and the last thing you want just before your wedding is to get into fights about what your partner should be eating or when.
Instead, it might be a better idea to enlist a friend or even some of your bridesmaids. Since there are likely to be a lot of activities involving food – tastings, bachelorette party – before the wedding anyway, having a few trusted friends along for the ride can make a world of difference.
#3: Lose More by Cutting Down on Carbs
Carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, and rice are notorious for making you look and feel bloated. They also cause your blood sugar to rise, increasing the production of insulin and intensifying cravings.
The result? Slower weight loss. So for your wedding diet, skip most grains and instead get your carbs from vegetables, fruits, and small portions of starchy veggies (such as corn and sweet potatoes). While low-carb living may not necessarily be a great idea as a long-term solution, it can help speed up your weight loss when used for short periods of time.
#4: Focus on Lean Proteins
Forget starving yourself. You need your energy when dealing with wedding preparations, so crash diets should not be an option. Instead, focus on healthy lean proteins such as soy, eggs, fish, and skinless chicken and turkey. They’ll keep you full but add less fat and calories to your diet.
#5: Don’t Skip Meals
It’s easy to forget breakfast or lunch when you’re busy running around getting ready for your wedding. However, for some people, skipping meals can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to weight loss. Why? Simply because you’re more likely to overeat the next time you sit down if you skipped a meal earlier in the day.
If you have a tendency to “make up” for skipped meals especially with starchy foods and sugary treats, be disciplined about not skipping meals and of course, make those meals healthy.
#6: Don’t Forget to Add Some Exercise
High-intensity cardio actually helps curb appetite by affecting the hormones that control hunger and cravings, according to a study conducted at Loughborough University in the UK.
So joining that spinning class not only will only burn calories and help you tone up, but it will also help you eat less so you lose weight faster.