The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Weight Loss
How to lose weight before the big day -- and avoid 'heavier ever after'
Losing Weight Before the Wedding continued...
Personal trainer Sue Fleming says many women see their wedding day as the
most important day of their lives and want to look their best. "It's the
time where a lot of women finally decide to incorporate a fitness program
because of that goal," says Fleming, author of the book Buff
Wedding dresses today are sleeker and more revealing than in years past,
says Fleming, which means that the shoulders, back, and arms are usually top
areas of concern for her clients.
Fleming recommends starting a bridal "boot camp" at least six months
before the wedding that includes a balance of cardiovascular and strength
training for about an hour a day, three to four days per week. Procrastinating
brides and grooms who have less than six months to work with should plan on
spending more time in the gym.
"The less time you have, the more time you have to dedicate to working
out," says Fleming. Fleming says it's normal for brides-to-be to experience
a slight weight gain after starting an exercise program, as they build lean
muscle mass. But that's what will give them the kind of muscle tone they'll
want to show off in a strapless wedding dress.
Experts say a weight-loss goal of about a pound a week is reasonable. For
those with weddings many months away, Mercer recommends setting short-term
goals -- like a couple pounds per month, rather than just 20 pounds before the
wedding. This will allow them to enjoy short-term successes and not get
For brides- and grooms-to-be who want to achieve sensible and lasting weight
loss before their weddings, Mercer has this dietary advice:
- Eat smaller portions.
- Identify sources of empty calories in your diet, such as high-fat and
high-sugar snacks, and limit them.
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. They're
powerhouses of nutrition and can fill you up on fewer calories.
- Choose leaner, lower-fat meat and dairy products.
- Eat your calories, don't drink them. Engagement is a time for celebrations
and parties, so choose your beverages wisely. Alcoholic beverages generally
have at least 100 calories or more.