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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 8 Best Wedding Day Diet Tips

the Ultimately, "best" wedding day diet is the one that fits you best, though these eight wedding day diet tips can nurture and accelerate your efforts and results.

The 8 Best Wedding Day Diet Tips

Think about your wedding day diet as your wedding dress: There really is no one-size-fits-all, as brides often get it tailored to insinuate the body’s natural curves. Ultimately, the "best" wedding day diet is the one that fits you best, though these eight wedding day diet tips can nurture and accelerate your efforts and results.

8 Best Wedding Day Diet Tips

1. Start Early and Be Realistic
Start making healthy lifestyle as early as possible, as doing so can limit the risk of resorting to a crash diet. Most nutrition experts support healthy and sustainable weight loss involves losing one to two pounds a week, which results to approximately four to eight pounds each month. And while also dependent on your own personal goals, aim to start at least three months leading up to your big day.

2. Keep It Simple
Completely overhauling the diet may not only be unrealistic, but completely overwhelming. Good nutrition can be simple, though, particularly when you start going for wholesome foods rather than processed products. You can also make simple swaps to keep calories in check and optimize nutrients, including by switching out chips and dip for carrot sticks and hummus, white pasta noodles for zoodles (zucchini noodles), and soda for water or these 13 ways to make it taste better.

3. Plan Accordingly
While the thought of planning may be overwhelming, it can be highly beneficial to keep tasks and responsibilities running as smoothly as possible. Plan out and prepare meals in advance, along with setting a workout schedule, to prevent the risk of falling off your weight loss track. Also multi-task to increase the efficiency of your wedding day diet and planning by scheduling a workout class and meeting with your maid of honor and talking details with your soon-to-be spouse while meal prepping.

4. Keep Hydrated
Though the importance of hydration cannot be stressed enough, neither can water’s role in a healthy weight loss diet. Keeping hydrated not only supports an efficient metabolism, but can lessen the risk of overeating. Consume at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day, also consuming water prior to and during meals.

5. Work It Out
Weight loss not only occurs by the foods we consume, but how active we keep our bodies. Exercise not only helps burn calories in the short-term, but helps to sculpts a toned physique for the big day and keeps metabolism working efficiently. Exercise is also recommended for combatting against those wedding stressors, in turn lessening the risk of stress eating and increasing focus on both physical and mental health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, along with incorporating two to three days of strength and resisting training.

6. Beat the Snack Attack
Nobody likes dealing with a Bridezilla... But rather than resorting to that bag of chips in the vending machine, beat the snack attack by keeping nutritious snacks on hand. Sustain energy and mood levels by pairing protein and fiber sources, including trail mix, yogurt and berries, bell peppers and Greek yogurt dip, and cottage cheese and pineapple.

7. Manage Stress
Though wedding stress is difficult to avoid, it is imperative to manage it as much as possible, as high and chronic stress can deter your weight loss efforts. First off, stress triggers a biochemical process where our bodies go into survival mode, in which we our bodies store fuel and energy, slow down metabolism and dump out harmful chemicals such as cortisol, which are very likely to contribute to weight gain in the abdominal region. If that’s not bad enough, high stress can cause stress eating, which is often towards high-carbohydrate foods because these foods trigger an increase in the brain chemical serotonin, which gives the body a calming effect. If you find yourself falling into this ongoing trap, manage stress by exercising, meditating, or talking with a loved one.

8. Sleep the Weight Off
Well, kind of... But the importance of sleep should not be slept on, as too little of it can stray you away from your diet and weight loss plan in a number of ways. First off, insufficient sleep deregulates hunger hormones and heightens food cravings towards carb and fat-rich foods, ultimately increasing the risk of a binge. Sleep deprivation also zaps both physical and mental energy, which makes it quite difficult to head to the gym for a rigorous workout. Brides should combat against such risks by obtaining the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep on a nightly basis.

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


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