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...
"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.
Once future brides and grooms set their minds to a weight-loss and fitness
plan, Fleming says, they are usually successful. Many pick up healthy habits
that last a lifetime.
"It is amazing to me how focused and motivated they become during this
frantic, crazy, panicked period in their lives, and it's the one thing that
they stick to," says Fleming. "If you need to use the wedding day to
get you started, that's OK, but most people continue to work out, feel great,
and look back at the pictures and say, 'Wow, I can do this.'"