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Getting ready for the big day, and need to lose a few pounds to look perfect in your dress or tux? This section provides you the resources you need to lose weight before a wedding.

The Truth About Wedding Diets

Whether newly engaged or approaching the big day within a few weeks, brides-to-be are likely to be "shedding for the wedding." BistroMD is dishing the truth about wedding diets, along with advising how to choose a safe, yet effective weight loss plan.


While looking and feeling good for such a special day is admirable and common, society has placed great pressure on brides and consequently driven some extreme weight loss diet plans and standards. BistroMD is dishing the truth about wedding diets, along with advising how to choose a safe, yet effective weight loss plan.

The Truth About Wedding Diets

When it comes to weight loss for weddings, there are numerous speculations and claims that debilitate the ability to determine what bares truth or stands as fictitious. Nonetheless, nutrition experts suggest tried and true wedding diets:

Deserves Research
With such a hodgepodge of erroneous recommendations accessible on the web, always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any sort of diet regimen. It is also imperative to do your research to withstand the risk of falling into an unsafe, extreme weight loss diet and identify the validity and credibility behind the promoted or desired regimen.

Are Realistic
Diets claiming to help you drop size dress sizes in a week are not only dangerous, but unrealistic. But along with opting for a realistic diet, brides should be developing SMART goals, which stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Nutrition experts correspondingly encourage weight loss of no more than one to two pounds weekly, which transpires into up to eight pounds a month. That being said, a SMART goal may indicate, "I will lose one pound each week by increasing my daily veggie intake and exercising at least three times weekly."

Requires Brides to Eat
Unlike popular belief, severe caloric restriction does not result to sustainable and healthy weight loss, and may even sabotage your efforts. Simply put, when you do not consume sufficient calories for energy, the body starts to hold onto the calories or perhaps tap into precious muscle mass. Additionally, some brides have even resorted to even more extreme weight loss methods, including the use of a tube feed, or also known as the K-E Diet. While tube feeds are viable options for individuals who are unable to consume sufficient calories and nutrients by mouth, they are not warranted to merely lose weight and come with great risks, including infection, nausea, vomiting, ulcers, and aspiration pneumonia.

Bottom line: Provide the body with the calories and nutrients it needs by consuming a balance of whole grains, fruits and veggies, lean and plant-based proteins, and healthy fat sources.

Embraces Variety
A healthy wedding diet should include a variety of foods from all food groups. Not only does eating and offering a variety of foods ensure adequate nutrient intake, but lessens the likelihood of becoming bored with that lunchtime salad during pre-wedding prep.

Includes Snacks
Snack lovers, rejoice! A wedding day diet can certainly include snacks, particularly when they are comprised of protein and fiber. The power duo can help facilitate your weight loss goals by inducing satiety, controlling hunger levels, and lowering the risk of overeating come mealtime. Viable healthy snack options include cottage cheese and pineapple, Greek yogurt and berries, peanut butter and apple slices, and homemade, pre-portioned trail mixes.

Allows Indulgences
It truly is okay (and even recommended) to allow yourself to indulge on occasion, including during your cake tasting. Food is meant to be enjoyed in a mindful manner, particularly in such celebratory times like your wedding day. Nonetheless, consistently depriving yourself from life's pleasures can actually create a negative association to foods and cause more harm than good in both the short and long-term.

Deserves Ongoing Attention
A wedding diet deserves ongoing attention to increase its compliance, including with the practice of meal prepping. Although meal prepping and planning takes a little effort on your end, putting in the time increases compliance to a wholesome diet. Furthermore, a true diet is not just a brief encounter, but rather the choice to withhold such healthy lifestyle changes on a regular basis.

Goes Beyond Food
Beyond the food itself, there are additional factors that can influence just how well we stick to a diet and weight loss patterns, including exercise, hydration, sleep, and stress management. Aerobic exercise and strength training is imperative for not only burning off excess calories, but supports muscle mass to display a more toned look and accelerate resting metabolic rate; adequately hydrating with at least 64 ounces of water daily supports an efficient metabolism and lessens the risk of overeating at meals; managing stress via meditation and exercise combats against cortisol release and stress eating; and the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep nightly regulates hunger hormones, defends against cravings towards high-sugar and fat products, and boosts energy to head to the gym.

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on May 13, 2019.


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