If you would like to lose weight or get in shape before your wedding, a healthy diet and consistent exercise program can have you on the road to fitness in no time. Stay away from extreme diets or fasts. By drastically restricting your food intake, you will be more stressed out (as if wedding planning isn’t enough!), leading to headaches, mood swings, and even binge eating.
Rather than a quick weight loss diet, instead eat sensibly and establish a workout routine.
Here are some basic tips to help you get into shape before your wedding day.
Drink a lot of water. Water will help you lose weight, as well as improve the appearance of your skin, nails and hair. Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.
Eat several small meals. Many women starve themselves throughout the day, then eat a big dinner. Instead you should eat four or five smaller, balanced meals. Try to get 40-45% of your calories from lean protein sources, 35-40% from complex carbohydrates (avoid white sugar and white bread if possible) and 15-25% from healthy fats.
Eat salad made with leafy green vegetables with a tablespoon of non-fat dressing, along with both your lunch and dinner. A salad is a healthy way to fill up, so that you eat less of other foods.
Choose lean meats and other protein-rich foods, such as skinless chicken, white fish, lean beef, tofu and beans. Don’t fry your food in oil and skip the gravy and sauces.
Eat whole grains, which are low in fat and high in fiber. Avoid carbs that are made with white flour and choose those made with bran, wheatgerm, barley and buckwheat.
Eat healthy fats. Though some women try to avoid fats altogether while dieting, that’s not the wise choice. Instead eat foods containing monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and Omega-3 fatty acids. Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados and most nuts. Eat these foods often, but watch your portion sizes. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in seafood, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, salmon, sardines and tuna. Flaxseed oil, soybean oil and walnuts also contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
Eliminate soda or drink sugar-free soda instead. You should also eat a piece of fruit when you need something sweet rather than a sugary snack.
Learn about portion size. One serving of meat (3 oz.) is the size of a deck of cards. A serving (1/2 cup) of mashed potatoes, rice or pasta is half the size of a baseball. A serving of cheese is the size of four stacked dice. A cup of salad or a medium fruit is about the size of a tennis ball. Are these much smaller than you thought?
Start exercising daily. By adding 30-45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise into your routine every day, you will be well on the road to fitness. Don’t take the elevator when you can take the stairs. Don’t drive when you can walk.
By following these tips, you will be able to develop a sensible diet and fitness plan in order to get in shape for your wedding day. Whatever you do, don’t stress out if you are carrying a little extra weight. After all, beautiful brides come in all shapes and sizes.