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13 Tips that Will Help You Lose Weight for Your Wedding

Shedding for your wedding? Reach your goals and successfully conquer wedding weight loss for your big day with these 13 simple tips!

13 Tips that Will Help You Lose Weight for Your Wedding

13 Tips to Lose Weight for Your Wedding

1. Start ASAP

Rather than resorting to fad and crash diets (that are always too good to be true) a week or two leading up to the wedding, start as soon as possible. Not only does starting ASAP deter stress before the wedding, but helps ensure safe and sustainable weight loss.

2. Set Small Goals

Sure setting large goals is admirable, but doing so can also be extremely overwhelming and discouraging. So instead of focusing on the 30 pounds you want to lose before the big day, break it up into smaller, more tangible and reachable goals, including losing a few pounds each month.

Setting small goals to increase daily water intake and try more veggies can also start accumulating long-term and healthy lifestyle habits.

3. Incorporate More Whole Foods

Incorporating more whole foods into the diet (think whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, lean and plant-based proteins, and healthy fat sources), as doing so is a natural way to moderate portions and calorie intake, thus leaving less room for processed and refined products devoid of nutrients.

Build your meal plate to consist of at least ½ of non-starchy veggies (broccoli, leafy greens, tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini), ¼ of lean protein (chicken, fish, eggs, sirloin), and ¼ of a complex carb (corn, rice, whole grain roll, sweet potato).

Also feel free to experiment with plant-based protein sources such as lentils and beans and complement with moderated portions of heart-healthy fats, including olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.

4. Schedule Healthy Practices

The wedding hustle and bustle may be bombarding your days and unfortunately cause you to overbook and overlook healthy routines. Scheduling healthy practices, such as meal prep days and workout times, can help keep you on track and accountable.

5. Exercise in the Morning

While exercising in the morning may seem like a daunting feat, those who do so are more likely to become regular exercises. And not to mention, tackling a morning workout opens up the entire evening for wedding planning, errands, or that well-deserved "you" time.

If struggling to catch that morning worm, become an early bird with these tips, including by cultivating an earlier bedtime, having workout and work clothes ready-to-go, finding exercises you enjoy, and working out with a buddy.

6. Sample Smartly

From sampling entrees to cakes, food is bountiful and rich when planning a wedding. But when attending these sort of tastings, remember, they are only tastes…

Allow yourself to sample as you need, just be sure to watch just how much you are eating and sip on water throughout the process.

7. Catch those Zzz's

While juggling a busy work schedule and all things whilst trying to plan a busy might start impeding on your sleep, continuing to catch those Zzz's is essential for weight loss success.

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 tackling those morning workouts.

8. Keep Stocked with Healthy Snacks

Running errands right after work might tempt you to head to the drive thru… But 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.

Non-perishable snacks to keep stocked with include trail mix, beef jerky, and dried fruits.

9. Drink Wisely

While you should certainly celebrate such a big and joyous occasion, it is critical to drink wisely during such celebrations. Overdoing it can derail your progress.

As a general rule of reference, men are encouraged to consume no more than two drinks on a daily basis while women are limited to one. Drinking a glass of water between each alcohol beverage can also help keep you from overdrinking and hydrated.

Ultimately, though, the recommended fluid of choice should be water. Staying hydrated also deters the risk of overeating and helps support a healthy metabolism during your weight loss journey.

10. Manage Stress

While experiencing the stress amidst wedding planning is, it is important to learn how to manage it, as too much stress can trigger emotional eating and slow down metabolic processes.

Take time for yourself and practice stress-management techniques, including practicing yoga, meditating, or reading a favorite book.

11. Take Advantage of Multitasking

Amidst hectic wedding, scheduling conflicts are inevitable. But whenever these encounters arise, take advantage of the power of multitasking!

Need to catch up with a bridesmaid? Head to the gym together and talk and work it out. Need to schedule a catering company? Walk around when on the phone.

12. Confide in Support

Instead of walking down the workout aisle alone, get others involved! Have your partner and wedding parties also commit to regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, as they might also be wanted to get in shape for your special day.

Ultimately, the greater the support, the greater the results!

13. Consider bistroMD

Desiring meal assistance amidst your wedding planning? Let bistroMD assist!

BistroMD is the nation's leading weight loss meal delivery service, offering nutritious and delicious meals straight to doorsteps. Every meal is doctor-designed and dietitian-approved and provides a scientific balance of complex carbohydrates, whole grains and fiber along with lean protein and healthy fat ratios to kick start and sustain healthy weight loss.

And not to mention, all you have to do is simply pop the meal in the microwave, heat, and enjoy! No grocery shopping, meal prepping, or kitchen cleaning required!

Along with meal delivery, bistroMD offers ongoing support throughout your journey! From individual consultations to an extensive Health Library, rest assured bistroMD will be here every step of the way leading up to your big day!

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Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on August 06, 2018.


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