Most brides and grooms want to be sure that they look their very best on their wedding day. For many, that means losing a few kilos or getting more toned so that they look slim and trim in their wedding finery.
Unfortunately, if you’ve ever tried to lose weight or get in shape, you know that it doesn’t happen overnight. The earlier you start your pre-wedding prep, the better. That means starting your new diet and workout program as soon as you get engaged, ideally. However, if you only have a few months until you get married, there is still plenty you can do to look better and feel better. Here are some tips for getting to the weight you want for your wedding:
Start Out Slow
A few rules before we get into the details, start out slow! No matter where you are in your fitness routine, if you hurt yourself before your wedding, it can affect EVERYTHING. Not to mention, a pre-wedding injury can put you back at square one and even further behind.
Stretching is crucial to keeping injuries at bay. Before AND after, stretching not only prevents injuries but also keeps soreness to a minimum.
If you have any medical conditions, please check with your doctor before you begin any workout routine, just to be on the safe side.
You’ll have less desire to eat the high-calorie foods that will make you gain weight
Focus on High-Intensity Interval Exercise
When you need to lose weight fast, the best way to do it is to perform high-intensity interval training. So instead of running for two hours a day at a steady pace, you can run for just 30 or 45 minutes, alternating sprints with walking or jogging. The idea is to push yourself as hard as you can during the intervals, and then rest only as long as your body needs it for the next interval.
If you aren’t sure how to do this on your own, CrossFit is a good option. This program focuses on heavy weight lifting and interval training, which will get you results in less time.
Make Fitness Fun
The more active you can be before your wedding, the more results you are likely to get. The best way to get results is to be consistent, and if you’re having fun, you’re more likely to be consistent. Make fitness a fun part of your daily routine. That might mean heading to a dance class after work or just going for a walk with a friend on the weekend. You can still sweat it out in your interval training for really hard work, but these lighter, fun activities will enhance the work you are doing and keep you motivated.
Add the Good Stuff to Your Wedding Diet
So much of traditional dieting is about restriction — how many calories you can’t eat and what kind of foods you can’t eat. However, focusing on what you can’t do is very de-motivating, and you are far more likely to feel deprived and to reach desperately for the cookie jar. Instead, focus on adding the good stuff to your diet and all the things you can have. So instead of ordering your burger without the fries, just add a salad to your meal and eat it first. Eat a banana before you have the ice cream. The more of these good things you add to your diet, the less room there will be for the bad. Your body will fill up on the healthy foods and you’ll have less desire to eat the high-calorie foods that will make you gain weight. Over time, you will just naturally eat more healthy and feel better.
When it comes to getting fit, the more, the merrier always holds true! Recruit your wedding party to help hold each other accountable and to stay on track. Eating out won’t be as dreadful and making healthy choices is much easier when you have others supporting you.
Make sure that you stick with whatever diet and fitness routine you start before your wedding. You should consider this an opportunity to improve your health to ensure a long life with your beloved — not just a chance to look good in your wedding dress or tux.