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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.

Groom Health & Fitness Plan

While women are often shedding for the wedding, grooms also want to look and feel great for their big day and significant other. And by being realistic, cooking more, watching alcohol intake, and exercising regularly, grooms, too, can lose the weight (and keep it off) before their big day!

Groom Health & Fitness Plan

The Groom's Diet and Workout Plan

1. Be Realistic
While it is admirable to be ambitious, it is likewise important to be realistic with your goals. Making SMART (an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goals can be the most effective way for grooms to meet goals, as they have shown to increase the greatest compliance. So rather than stating "I want to lose weight," smartly indicate "I want to lose one to two pounds each week by cooking at least four times a week at home and exercising five times each week.

2. Cook More
Satisfy your diet, loved one, and wallet by eating out less and cooking at home more! Use this time to explore and try new ingredients and flavors, particularly using wholesome and nourishing foods. You can even make it a fun date night and tradition by trying out a new nutritious recipe at least once a week! Nonetheless, a wholesome diet for both bride and groom before marriage includes fruits and veggies, plant-based and lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. If looking for a perfect recipe for tonight's dinner or something healthy and delicious to take to a friend's house party, bistroMD has a plethora of healthy recipe ideas for you!

3. Fulfill Hunger Pangs
Rather than succumbing to hunger pangs with a bag of chips or avoiding those stomach growls altogether, go for healthier snack options filled with protein and fiber. Valuable snacks to keep on deck include trail mix, beef jerky, hummus and veggie slices, Greek yogurt and fruit.

4. Watch Alcohol Intake
Whether watching football with the guys or cracking one open after a long workday, it is imperative to watch alcohol intake. Yes, while a drink here and there is okay, too much can make losing that beer belly that much harder. As a general rule of reference, men are encouraged to consume no more than two drinks on a daily basis.

5. Exercise Regularly
Along with cleaning up the diet and watching alcohol intake, lose that beer belly with regular exercise. Starting as soon as possible is recommended for the greatest results, along with the inclusion of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week and strength training at least three or four times weekly. But whether tackling a year, 6-month, or 8-week wedding workout for men, consistency is key for any exercise program.

6. Find Strength in Numbers
Remember, you are not alone in this journey and your significant other, family members, friends, and groomsmen are all rooting for you! But along with confiding in their support, increase your motivation and obedience by working out with them. Synergize your workout efforts and drive by partaking in a little friendly competition, including with your groomsmen at the gym or with both sides of the family at a Sunday afternoon kickball tournament!

7. Reward Yourself Appropriately
From turning down grabbing beers with the boys to committing yourself to consistent workouts, you can (and should) reward yourself! However, dismiss food-based incentives, as they can pack on calories you just burned off and unwind all the hard work. So instead of ordering that double bacon cheeseburger after your workout, self-gift those new pair of headphones or a massage for muscle recovery and relaxation!

8. Reset On a Nightly Basis
One of the being things you can do to lose your beer has nothing to do with food nor exercise, but often gets slept on... Reset the mind and body with seven to nine hours of sleep on a nightly basis, as sufficient sleep improves mood, deters cravings, keeps metabolism running efficiently, and boosts energy for that groom workout plan.

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Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on May 31, 2018. Updated on September 10, 2020.


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