saying 'I do' doesn't have to lead to a
lifetime of excess poundage. Just as getting
married is a major lifestyle change, so
is successful weight loss, experts say.
It's natural for brides and grooms to want
to look their best for their wedding day,
and going about it in the right way can
mean the difference between living healthier,
or heavier, ever after.
WEIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING
wanted to look slimmer for the wedding, mostly for the pictures,"
said one newlywed who was married on April 6, 2004. She tried watching
what she ate and avoiding the cafeteria at work for months prior
to the big day. But she finally resorted to drinking a dieter's
tea containing laxatives a few weeks prior to the wedding, to speed
up her weight-loss efforts. Eventually she lost five to eight pounds
before the ceremony - but gained most of it back during the week
long honeymoon cruise.
to drastic measures like fad diets or pills for quick weight loss
before a wedding may not only be dangerous, it can also set you
up for a future of yo-yo dieting rather than permanent weight loss.
a wedding can be a big job for future brides and grooms, says Nelda
Mercer, RD. if they're not getting proper nutrition, they may feel
faint or suffer other health consequences. "It's not a good
thing to stress the body at what is an already stressful time,"
best to plan ahead, join a health club, exercise, get a personal
trainer if needed, and see a nutritionist or registered dietition
to set up not only a well-balanced diet, but a total lifestyle change."
trainer Sue Fleming says the majority of women see their wedding
day as the most important day of their lives and simply want to
look their best. "It's the one time when a lot of women finally
decide to incorporate a fitness program into their daily lives because
of that goal," says Fleming, author of the book Buff Brides.
dresses today are sleeker and more revealing than in years past,
says Fleming, which means that shoulders, backs and arms are usually
top areas of concern for her clients. Fleming recommends brides
begin a bridal "boot camp" at least sic months prior to
the wedding that includes a balance of cardiovascular and strength
training for about an hour a day, three or 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.
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 programme,
as they build lean muscle mass. But that's what will give them the
kind of muscle tone they will want to show off in a strapless wedding
say a weight loss goal of about a pound a week is reasonable. For
those with weddings months away, mercer recommends setting short-term
goals - like a couple of pounds per month, rather than 20 pounds
prior to the wedding itself. This will allow them to enjoy short-term
success and not become discouraged. For brides - and grooms - to
be who want to achieve sensible and long lasting weight loss prior
to their weddings, Mercer has this dietary advice.
sources of empty calories in your diet, such as high-fat and high-sugar
snacks, and limit them
more fruit and vegetables into your daily diet. They are the powerhouses
of nutrition and can fill you up on fewer calories
leaner, lower-fat meat and dairy products
your calories, don't drink them. Engagement is a time for celebrations
and parties, so choose your beverages wisely. Alcoholic beverages
generally contain at least 100 calories or more.
future brides and grooms set their mind to a weight-loss regime
and fitness plan, Fleming says, they are usually successful. Many
pick up healthy habits that will last them a lifetime. "It
is amazing to me how focused and motivated they became during this
frantic, crazy panicked period in their lives, and it is the one
thing that they will stick to," says Fleming.
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'm so glad I did that."
seems that the UK can't get enough of Honey Kalaria's 'Bollywood
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The programme focuses on toning the body and burning calories
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