A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Weight Loss

A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Weight Loss

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For many couples who are planning a wedding, dieting is as important as picking out a ceremony venue or choosing a honeymoon destination.

More than 70% of engaged women want to lose weight before the big day, and the average goal is about 15 to 20 pounds. Click To Tweet

There’s a lot of pressure to look  beautiful and sexy while walking down the aisle, but crash diets and other extreme measures can backfire.  Learn how to lose weight safely, and stay fit together for years to come.


Tips to Use Before Your Wedding Day

Fad diets may seem tempting when you’re desperate to squeeze into your designer wedding dress or checking out images of celebrities in strapless gowns.  On the other hand, you need your energy when you’re planning a wedding on top of your usual workload.

   1)  Start early.

Losing weight gradually will position you for long-term success; it just stays off longer.  You’ll avoid yo-yo dieting and nutritional deficiencies that can weaken your immune system.

   2)  Set short-term goals.

   Stay on track by breaking your total goal down into weekly or monthly targets. That way you can make adjustments in time if you’re falling behind.  Studies show that keeping a food journal and charting your success makes you more successful at weight loss that those who don’t.

   3)  Limit alcohol.

I know that for some of you that will be hard.  You’ll probably be doing a lot of pre-wedding entertaining.  Just stick to lower-calorie drinks like wine or a Bloody Mary. Remember that alcohol can lower your resistance to junk foods.  You can always take a sip or two and then down water.  Everyone will think you’re keeping up while you are alert and staying on track.

   4)  Eat more fruits and vegetables.

One of the simplest ways to choose nutrient-dense foods is to fill your plate with fresh raw vegetables.  Lay your entire dinner plate with raw vegetables and then your other food on top. You will be super full but not full of heavy dense food.

 A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Weight Loss  5)   Prevent hunger.

Rushing from dress fittings to bridal showers will work up your appetite.  Eat protein about every two hours to level out your blood sugar and prevent snack attacks.  The best protein?  Raw vegetables are the best, a bite or two of meat, a chunk of cheese or a few nuts.  Drink lots of water and carry around your protein snacks so you won’t want to fill up on chips and fried mozzarella sticks.

   6)  Schedule workouts.

Prioritize your exercise. That means put in on your schedule first. Block out time on your calendar for yoga classes and morning runs.

   7)  Hire a trainer.

A personal trainer can be a sound investment.  You’ll be less likely to skip workouts when you’ve paid in advance, and you’ll receive feedback on how you’re doing.

   8)  Manage stress with a Hypnotherapist

 Dealing with seating charts and caterers can interfere with your sleep and trigger hormones that increase fat levels.  Invest in a hypnotherapist.  I’m there to give your Subconscious Mind suggestions about staying calm and eating well.  I have a whole toolbox of stress busting tools to teach you and provide you with.  It will be the best money you ever spent.


Tips to Use After the Wedding Day

The average newlywed gains about 20 pounds due to changes in lifestyle, according to a study by Ohio State University.

You can beat the odds and hold onto your figure as well as your spouse:

   1)  Eat in not out.

While it’s great to have a dinner companion, restaurant meals typically contain more calories and fat than your own home cooking.  Enjoy delicious recipes at home where you can control the ingredients.

   2)  Turn off the TV.

Married couples tend to sit around more watching TV.   After all, you may now be following Monday night football as well as Downton Abbey.  What about taking up an activity that will get you out of the house like playing tennis or training for a Mud Run.

   3)  Reduce portions or increasing raw fruits and vegetables.

Women can be especially vulnerable to weight gain if you start serving yourself the same foods as your husband. You probably burn fewer calories, so cut the portions down to size.  But you can eat more raw fruits and vegetables with out gaining.  Say good bye to sauces and dressings and get to know spinach raw.  Make some N’ice Cream by blending bananas and frozen fruit.  You’ve never eaten so well.

   4)  Encourage each other.

Of course, there are also advantages to being married if you’re both devoted to staying fit.  Couples gym memberships are usually cheaper than individual rates, and you can cheer each other on. It can be fun to work on a fitness goal together.

Pledge to live healthy ever after by shedding pounds the sensible way before you get married with the help of your hypnotherapist and supporting each other in staying fit.  Vow to manage your weight, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly.


A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Weight Loss

About the Author Angie J. Hernandez, C.Ht.

A graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Angie J. Hernandez, C.Ht., has her private practice in Milford, Indiana. She is certified in hypnotherapy by the Hypnotherapist's Union Local 472. Angie is the author of "Weight Loss Epiphany: The Workbook" and "The Pretty & Smart Planner. You can find out more about Angie and how to schedule private sessions by calling (574) 658-4686.

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