Tips For Looking Great On Your Wedding Day
Every bride wants to look
perfect on her wedding day. Selecting a dress that will make you look and feel
great is an important first step. But what happens when you look in the mirror
and notice trouble spots like saggy arms or unsightly folds in your back? When
this happens it’s not uncommon for brides to try quick-fix diets to help them
get in shape. Unfortunately, many dieting brides make fitness mistakes that not
only prevent them from reaching their goals but also cause unnecessary stress
and sometimes even illness. Those are two things no bride needs! Here are five of the most common diet mistakes as well as
some tips to help you avoid them.
1. Too much, too late.
One of the most important
things to remember if you are trying to lose weight is to start early. For
example, don’t try to lose 20 pounds two months before the big day. The key is
to plan ahead so that you can lose the weight (or just tone up) gradually. So if
you’re dream-wedding day includes you being in great shape, then include
fitness as a “to-do” on your overall wedding checklist. That way it will be
a priority in your wedding planning.
2. Setting unachievable
Many women get engaged and
begin imagining themselves drastically thinner or more sculpted. Be realistic
with yourself. If you’ve never been a size 6 in your life, then it is probably
unrealistic to think you can magically transform just because you are getting
married. And, do you really want to look so different on your wedding day that
most people (including your fiancé) hardly recognize you?
3. Radical diets or fitness
Brides typically are short on
time and long on to-do lists. This leads many to try unhealthy fitness programs
or starvation diets. Don’t be tempted by diets that promise quick, drastic
results with little effort from you. You should avoid any programs that suggest
taking “diet” pills or eating unbalanced meals (like eating only cabbage
soup for a week). And, don’t be lured into trying dangerous things, like
4. Not exercising.
It’s very easy for brides to
say “I don’t have time to exercise” or “I’m too tired to exercise”.
But diet and exercise should always go hand in hand. Consider them to be like
yin and yang. Without activity your body can’t burn as many calories. If you
are very short on time, try to exercise in small 10-minute bursts throughout the
day. And, keep in mind that little things help too, like taking the stairs or
parking at the outer edge of the mall parking lot. Plus, if you are tired from
all of your planning, exercise will help give you back some energy.
5. Skipping Meals
It’s not uncommon to get
caught up in your planning and then realize at 9 p.m. (as your head begins to
ache) that you haven’t eaten a thing all day. While it may not be an uncommon
scenario, it is unavoidable. Not only is skipping meals unhealthy, it can lead
to binge eating. That often means eating very fattening foods and/or overeating
all at once. To avoid this, try packing light snacks to keep on hand throughout
the day. Good examples include carrot sticks, cheese strings, peanut butter on
Getting in shape doesn’t have
to be complicated and it doesn’t require a lot of time. If you are trying to
lose weight or firm up before your wedding, below are some sample plans to help
you get started. Keep in mind that the most important thing is for a bride to
feel good about herself. And no matter what size or shape, all brides are
beautiful on their wedding day!
Sample Exercise FITscription:
20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (3-5 time per week)
Example: 2-5 minutes of brisk walking, 2-5 minutes of jumping jacks (repeat for 20-30 minutes)
20-30 minutes of strength training (2-3 times per week)
exercises for both the upper and lower body (like bicep curls, tricep dips,
Sample Meal Plan:
Eat 5-7 small meals per day (meals should include protein, grains, vegetables, etc. to meet the food pyramid daily requirements)
Example: Small, grilled, skinless chicken breast
Slice of whole wheat bread
Slice of cheese
Glass of Water (2 or 3 would be even better)
Lynn Bode, author and certified personal trainer, offers brides and grooms an affordable and convenient way to get fit through her website, WorkoutsForYou.com. WorkoutsForYou can help you get the body you've always dreamed of in time for your wedding day. Visit http://www.workoutsforyou.com for more information and a sample workout plan.
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