Thursday, 7 August 2008

How to Lose Weight Before the Big Day

How to Lose Weight Before the Big Day

Wedding day weight loss can be a very challenging fete. It takes a lot of patience, commitment, exercise, and change to achieve weight loss success. While it is not an easy task, it is absolutely attainable. Your wedding day is such a special day. For most, it will be the most important event of their lives. Weddings are usually highly planned, greatly anticipated, and quite costly. From photographers to wedding gowns, there is so much to consider. But don't let all of the details keep you from looking the way that you want on your big day. Here are a few simple steps to help you to lose weight before you say, "I do":
1. Plan to exercise. By incorporating some aerobic, anaerobic and strength training exercise into your life, you will be able to burn the calories off. Don't overdo it. Start slowly with shorter workouts at first, maybe even by sneaking exercise into your daily life, such as adding more walking and stair-climbing at first. Then, progress to longer and more body toning workouts. Exercise will not only help you to look good, you will feel good also. You should also consider working closely with a personal trainer that can tailor an effective program to your individual needs.
2. Make sure to eat right. While this is usually easier said than done, eating right is a key to any kind of weight loss. You need to be sure to have a diet rich in lean protein, low-fat carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Contrary to popular belief, when you are trying to lose weight, you should eat smaller meals more frequently. Eating healthy foods, in smaller portions, more frequently throughout the day will help to increase your metabolism. When you increase your metabolism, you burn more calories faster. So, you lose weight.
3. Be realistic about your weight loss goals. When you get married, people are looking at you, the outside you, and the inside you. Your guests will likely be people that you have some type of relationship with and that are there are to celebrate this wonderful moment. They know that you are not rail thin. Many may have watched you through the years. Going from a size 20 to a size 2 would not only be shocking for them, it could also take away from the importance of the day. Set a weight loss goal that will make you feel good about yourself regardless of whether everyone notices. You will know and your spouse-to-be will absolutely know.
4. Don't rush to lose it overnight. Healthy weight loss is not a one-day or one-week thing. It is something that should be done gradually, over an extended period of time. So, plan your weight loss accordingly. Expect to lose between 1-2 pounds per week for healthy, long-term weight loss. Join a weight loss support group if you feel that you need that added help and direction.
Your wedding day will be great, possibly even awesome. Your photos will be gorgeous, and your guests will remember it for years to come. Lose weight the right way, at a pace that you can keep up with, and keep it off. By shedding a few pounds, you could possibly become an even more sensational knock-out at your wedding, but do it wisely.

1 comment:

Fat_Into_The_Fire said...

Great tips! You definitely have to PLAN to exercise.

On that note, there should be a plan for the entire 'wedding countdown'.

As is, like you say, don't try to rush it. When you are 3 or 6 months away from the big day...make sure you are eating healthy and exercising. Don't wait til 6 weeks and try to 'crash diet'.

PLAN on being in the shape that you want to be in 4 weeks BEFORE your wedding day...then maintain.