Losing weight for the wedding is something most brides consider regardless of whether they are petite or plus size. We all want to look our best for our special day – after all the photos will last a lifetime!
If you want to lose weight for your wedding try some of these tips:
Eat breakfast: There is s saying – eat breakfast like a Queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper. Ensuring you have enough energy to start the day will help you keep control of your appetite and not binge on unhealthy snacks
Exercise regularly: Start small. Get yourself comfortable fitness clothing and try go for at least a 30 minute walk 4 times a week. Exercise is good for the mind, body and soul and you will find yourself motivated to keep going the more you exercise.
Plan your meals: Keeping to a healthy diet is not easy, especially when you haven’t had to before or if you struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. There are a number of free online tools so get search. You should also plan your exercise in advance.
Limit alcohol: You are ENGAGED – so exciting but try keep the celebrations limited to the engagement party. Alcohol is not only high in calories, but excess sugar can make you lethargic. It also reduces your inhibitions and control and can make you eat even more so it’s a double whammy!
Swap your snacks: If you are a snacker, then replace the banana/raisin bread and latte with a small sized fruit and a black coffee / tea. You can save yourself up to a quarter of your recommended daily calorie allowance with this simple replacement.
Get the bridesmaids on-board: Your bridesmaids can be your arsenal against temptation. When you feel de-motivated, call one of them up and go for a walk, or simply instruct them to help motivate to keep to your exercise and weight loss goals.
Set short term goals: If you have a large amount of weight to lose set intermediary goals to help you keep motivated. It can be daunting to look at a large weight loss number, so create smaller goals of 2-4 kilos so you can keep positive ongoing.
Reward yourself appropriately: If you reach a goal, don’t celebrate by eating chocolate, reward yourself with a treat that reinforces the new healthy you. Take out a gym membership or buy some new activewear in a smaller size.
Drink water: Make sure you are always hydrated. Drink between 8-12 glasses of water a day. Water fuels and flushes the system and helps you fight of illness. The stress of planning a wedding can often run you down so ensure you are protecting yourself and keep hydrated.
Turn your home into a gym: Commit 100% to your weight loss goals by upgrading daily activities to increasing your fitness. When you brush your teeth try doing abdominal crunches (2mins). Do squats, lunches and push ups against the bench top when preparing dinner (10-15 mins). Before you know it you would have added another 20-30 minutes of activity to your day.