The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Weight Loss
How to lose weight before the big day -- and avoid 'heavier ever after'
Say "I Don't" to Post-Wedding Weight Gain
"You're never as thin as when you get married because it's all leading
up to the big day," says newlywed Bonnie Lee of Mamaroneck, N.Y.
But in the two years since they exchanged vows, Lee says, she and her
husband, Wayne, have managed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, despite constant
temptation from the homework she did while studying at the French Culinary
Institute in New York. Lee recently completed the culinary arts program at the
cooking school and says her training has helped, rather than hindered, their
efforts to maintain trim, post-wedding waistlines.
"One of things that we love about our marriage is that we both cook
together," says Lee. In their single days, she and her husband used to eat
out a lot more, grabbing a pizza or burger here or there.
"One thing I've learned about restaurants after working in them is that
they don't measure the amount of oil they use," says Lee. "The food is
saturated in oil, and you don't even know it."
Instead of eating out and risking fat overload, she puts together quick,
easy meals that incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables, like stir-fries and
"Cooking doesn't require a lot of time once you learn to cook
efficiently," Lee tells WebMD. "The best and most inexpensive
ingredients are usually those that are freshest and are in season." Mercer
agrees, and adds that her own husband lost 20 pounds after they got married
more than two decades ago and never gained it back. But even if you're not
married to a registered dietitian, having a spousal support system can make it
easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
Lee and Mercer offer these tips for avoiding postwedding weight gain:
- Keep a well-stocked pantry. Having no food in the house can cause too many
trips through the drive-through.
- Plan meals ahead. Go to the grocery store with a list.
- Focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables. It'll help your budget as well as
ensure a healthy variety.
- Watch portion sizes. Men are usually larger and require more calories than
women, so portion sizes among couples shouldn't necessarily be equal.
- Make exercise a part of your new life together. Take a walk after dinner,
or learn a new sport as a couple.
"Cooking and exercising together is a good way to support each
other," says Lee, "and that's an important part of marriage."