Wedding weight loss is on the minds of as many as 83 percent of brides-to-be, according to a "Fitness" magazine poll of 1,000 women published in the "New York Daily News." If you're planning to lose weight for your wedding, making smart weight loss choices can help you get the results you want.
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To lose weight for your wedding, you need to identify exactly how much weight you want to lose and implement a daily calorie count to address it, according to Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, registered dietitians, in "Shape Bride" magazine. Depending on your current size, your usual calorie intake and your activity level, cutting your calories can help you lose approximately 1 to 2 lbs. per week. Check with your doctor or a nutritionist to determine what your daily calorie count should be to achieve the results you want.
Most brides should start their wedding weight loss plans at least six months before the big day--especially if their goal is to lose more than 10 lbs., says Frances Largeman-Roth, senior food and nutrition editor at "Health" magazine on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning." Three months before the wedding is a potential problem time for many brides bent on weight loss because stress and to-do lists can make it hard to eat healthy and make time for exercise, says Largeman-Roth. Knowing that allows you to plan for challenges and avoid foods that cause bloating--including alcohol, carbonated drinks, processed or salty foods, beans and legumes--for 24 hours before your wedding.
A pre-wedding diet should focus on healthy eating, according to David Zinczenko, author of "The Abs Diet For Women," in "Brides" magazine. Zinczenko recommends eating plenty of green vegetables, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, eggs, whole grains, peanut butter and berries and limiting your intake of trans fats, refined carbohydrates and high-fructose corn syrup.
Resist the urge to skip meals or cut calories so much that you feel hungry, warns Zinczenko. Getting too hungry makes it harder to resist the quick energy offered by chips, cookies and other junk food and also makes your body start holding onto fat stores and breaking down muscle instead.
Be wary about extreme dieting, fasting or taking diet pills to lose weight for your wedding--these measure can have serious negative consequences. Diet pills can cause anxiety disorders, acid reflux, irritable bowels and irregular heartbeat, warns weight-loss doctor Mehmet Oz in the "New York Daily News." Fasting can impact your mood, making you stressed, irritable and unable to enjoy your wedding celebration, warns dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in the "New York Daily News."