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Shredding for the Wedding: Bridal Do's & Don'ts

Posted on 31 May 2017

Wedding venue? Check. Perfect wedding dress? Check. Perfect body? Not yet... time to start shredding for the wedding!

Perfection is a myth, yet...like the majority of brides to be, you are probably on a pursuit to look your best on your upcoming wedding day. It is afterall one of the most important days of your life! But losing weight, toning up, and eating healthy can feel overwhelming while combating the stress (and excitement) of planning a wedding. With so many different ‘diets’ out there, where do you begin?

Just as there’s no ‘one size fits all’ wedding dress, there is also no ‘one size fits all’ way to lose weight. Different workouts work for different people. And we don’t want you to diet, as diets are temporary, and dieters tend to put more weight on after they stop. It’s important for you to develop a healthy lifestyle instead, that will stick with you long after you’ve said “I do.”

Whatever your plan to get fit may be, read on for some helpful guidelines that will help you implement a healthy lifestyle that works for you, so you can start ‘shredding for the wedding!’

DO Set Goals

Whether you’re getting married in a year from now or in 6 months, create a plan based on timelines! Divide it up into categories such as 1 year to go, 9 months, 6 months, 3 months, and 1 month to go! How much weight do you want to lose total? What do you hope to achieve 6 months before your wedding? How often do you want to be working out each week?

It’s helpful to create a workout calendar. A great way to do this is to print out a calendar for the month, or you can use your daily planner, and start filling in which workout classes you’ll take each day, or schedule in some treadmill time. Writing down your goals will help you feel more inspired to actually achieve them.

DON'T Focus on the Scale

Waking up every morning and agonizing over the number on your scale is not going to help you reach your goals. At the end of the day, how you look and how you feel should be more important than a number.

DO Make Small Adjustments Everyday

Start your day with a cup of hot water with lemon! This will rehydrate your body and flush your digestive system!

Be mindful of the calories you consume. A great way to do this is to count your daily calorie intake. Apps such as MyFitnessPal are a great way to keep track of your daily intake! Plan & prep your meals based on how many calories you plan to consume. Counting your calories significantly increases your chance of weight loss success.

In addition to counting calories, try to implement simple swaps into your daily diet such as eating cauliflower rice instead of regular rice. Or try sprouted grain bread instead of wheat bread! Every little swap helps in the long run and you may be surprised to find out that the healthier versions often taste just as good if not better!

Another helpful tip is to stop eating after 7 pm. It may sound difficult but if you can shut down your kitchen after dinner, you won’t be at risk for late night snacking (because we all know that late night snacking never consists of carrot sticks and celery!)

In the off chance that you do splurge, replace your late night sweets with healthy options such as banana nice cream. The base is simply bananas, so although you are indulging, it will be guilt free!

DON'T Drink Your Calories

While planning a wedding certainly calls for celebration (& champagne) it is important to be conscious of how much alcohol you consume, as it can be packed with empty calories! If you are going to drink, drink in moderation and go for lower calorie beverages such as vodka with soda water and lime, or a heart healthy glass of red wine.

Try drinking a glass of water after every beverage; it may prevent you from drinking more alcoholic calories and you will probably feel much better the next day!

Also, if you’re used to sugary coffee drinks from Starbucks, you would be amazed at how many extra calories you're consuming everyday! Try your best to avoid adding cream and sugar into your coffee. Opt for healthy alternatives such as stevia or almond milk. Better yet, try black coffee (it’s only 5 calories per cup!)

DO Take Advantage of Bridal Specials at Fitness Studios

Many local studios (pilates, barre, etc) will offer brides-to-be tempting discounts on class packages or memberships (sometimes 50% off the monthly fee). Take advantage of this! A pilates or barre class will help you sculpt and tone your entire body, getting you ready for that dress!

DON'T Take Any Extremes

Don’t let yourself get stressed out over weight loss and the ticking clock by taking extremes such as diet pills or by not eating enough. Among the dangers of diet pills, some have been found to increase your heart rate and going without food puts you at risk for malnourishment. Not to mention after only 2 days your metabolism will slow down!

If you really want to lose weight the natural way, a great option is to start a meal prep routine. Meal-prep is the preparation of well balanced healthy meals in advance, so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Planning and making your meals in advance will allow you to be consistent with your diet, thus achieving your health and fitness goals. If you start a meal prep even a few months before your wedding, you will notice real results!

DON'T Have Unrealistic Explanations

Weight loss takes time and consistency. You shouldn’t aim to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time.

By setting goals and creating a plan in advance you can achieve your ideal weight. Time is the most important factor, so give yourself some to implement a meal prep routine and to consistently workout and your plan will fall into place!

DO Enjoy Every Moment

This is an exciting time in your life. Embrace the craziness, and enjoy the planning process! You will soon be looking back and realize how quickly time flies.

So strive for balance and stay away from extremes. If you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen, it’s okay to enjoy a glass of champagne now and then, you are getting married after all! Remember to take this time to develop not just a ‘diet’, but a healthy lifestyle.

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