Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding!!! Now that you've shared the good news with your loved ones, it's time to get serious about trimming off those unwanted pounds. As is planning a wedding isn't enough, now you have to focus on your diet. There is good news, with just a few simple adjustments you can be on your way to a slimmer, healthier bride!
Fad diets?! Forget about those ideas that make you drink nasty shakes and deprive you of your favorite foods. A misconception is that you have to starve to lose when it's quite the contrary. We must eat in order to lose weight. Our bodies need nutrients from food in order to burn the calories. If you deny your body that energy it slows down your metabolism causing a halt in weight lose. A healthy weight loss is 1-2 lbs. per week. Keep in mind that a pound of fat is equal to ~3500 calories. Therefore, by cutting 500 calories a day through meal and exercise modification, you will shed a pound a week.
- Don't put yourself in a calorie deficit! Talk about a bridzilla?! Maybe this is why brides are always crazy, because they are hungry! I know your first instinct when trying to lose weight is to cut, but try focusing on adding nutrient-rich foods. Many formulas exist to estimate calorie needs and some can get overwhelming. If you desire to lose weight remember, subtract 100-500 calories, depending on your goal.
- Eat a protein rich breakfast! Consistent research has shown that people who eat breakfast tend to weigh less. Protein takes longer to digest in the body keeping you satisfied until your next meal.
- Eat fresh produce and focus on fiber! Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are packed with fiber. The average American gets around 12 grams per day, while the current recommendations suggest we need 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Start reading the nutrition fact labels to make sure your cereals, breads and pastas contain greater then 5 grams of fiber per serving. Warning: if you do not have a diet rich in fiber you need to make sure you are consuming ample amounts of water.
- Limit dairy products to help reduce bloating. Certain individuals may experience sensitivity to dairy products because they cannot digest lactose or milk sugar.
- Avoid excessive sodium (salt). Sodium holds on to fluid in the body increasing bloating and "water weight." Majority of the salt in out diet comes from processed foods the main one being breads.
Main food items to limit:
- Prepackaged meals (lean cuisine, smart ones, family dinners, etc.)
- Deli meats.
- Salty snacks.
- Sodas. Even limit your diet sodas!
- Breads. Do not completely cut out breads. You can get wonderful whole grains with breads, just limit the portion and buy reduced sodium.
- Keep a food journal. Starting as soon as you begin planning. Write down what you eat, how much you eat, and how you feel both physically and mentally. You may be able to identify foods certain foods that cause gastrointestinal upset (bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea).
- Set small, achievable goals. See Motivation Monday for more detail on goals!
Weeks leading up to your wedding make a conscious effort to carry around a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated and energized. I cannot stress enough the importance of hydration. Not only does it help reduce bloating and increase energy but it helps keep your skin glowing.
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