You've found the right guy, you've set a date, and now you're interested in a pre wedding diet. Wedding dresses today are sleeker and more revealing than in years past which mean that the shoulders, back, and arms are usually top areas of concern for brides to be. For many women and men too, body image and weight gain is becoming increasingly more of a concern during their adult lives and directly before a wedding is a common point at which this concern can become particularly strong.
So, if your wedding is getting closer and closer and you are dieting or are thinking of a pre wedding diet, you're not alone. A pre-wedding diet can be a good thing, in that the wedding can give you the motivation to put in the effort required to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. However, after the wedding is when these good habits often go astray. So the tips I'm offering below are not just for before the wedding (after-all the wedding is just one day, you've got the rest of your life to spend with your loved one), they are habits that need to be integrated into your everyday lifestyle.
1. First and foremost you should always consult with your physician before starting your pre wedding diet. Your physician can help you figure out the right amount of calories you should be consuming. You should always consume at least 1,200 calories a day; if you do not your body will develop a starvation response that will slow up your metabolism.
2. If you don't set realistic goals, you are setting yourself up for failure! The healthy average weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. If you start your pre wedding diet early in your engagement instead of trying to loose 20 pounds 2 months before the wedding, then you have a better chance of adopting your healthy eating habits for a lifetime!
3. Get rid of the fat and sugar in your diet as soon as possible. If you need to clean out the kitchen and get rid of the temptation.
4. Start a food journal of what you eat, when you ate, and how you felt afterwards. After a few weeks, this can help you identify the certain times of the day that you lose your willpower; and help you to stop the cravings before they start.
5. Consume small frequent meals throughout the day. By eating small healthy meals, you can avoid fatigue and hunger and keep your blood sugar stable. If you go long periods of time without food, you are more likely to end up binge eating.
6. Push your body outside of its comfort zone during exercise. When it come to working out there is nothing more important then intensity. You should also eat plenty of Omega-3 fats; these important fasts are found in fish (salmon, tuna and trout), flaxseed and walnuts. If you avoid Omega-3 fats then you will slow down your metabolism.
7. Don't avoid strength training, many women feel that this will slow down their metabolism and bulk them up. This is one of the most important steps in obtaining a fit body. While Aerobic Exercises will help trim body fat, strength training will help develop muscle tone.
8. To keep from feeling deprived of your favorite foods, schedule a cheat day. This will help keep your metabolism working at an optimum level and your cravings in check!
9. Partner with a friend or relative that is also on a wedding diet. This can be a great source of support and motivation when your spirits are low and you feel like cheating!
10. Don't go on a severely restricted diet or a nutritionally limited one either. Severely limiting your calorie intake is not healthy and will more likely lead to your gaining back the weight that you lost.
Now that you have made these changes in your lifestyle, don't stop your exercise regimen and healthy eating once you reach your goal. Don't use your weight loss as a temporary fix, but as a premise for the rest of your life. You can look as fit at 70 as you did when you were 20.