It’s only natural to want to look your best on your wedding day. You will be posing for a lot of photographs, and you will doubtless want to make sure that every shot is as flattering as can be. Choosing the right dress will help to highlight your best features, but lean and toned arms and abs are difficult to fake.
You spend a lot of time planning the details of your wedding – the venue, the guest list, the decorations, what you and those in your wedding party will wear. So, why not spend some time planning how you will look too? You have probably given yourself several months – at the very least – to plan the wedding, and that’s enough time to get in great shape.
It Takes Diet and Exercise to Get in Shape
To get in great shape you need to pay attention to both your diet and exercise regimen. Rather than doing a boot camp in the last few weeks, it’s a good idea to start exercising early on, and slowly modify your diet too.
Set a reasonable goal, such as losing 1lb of fat per week, and sign up for an account with a service such as MyFitnessPal to help with this. Start tracking what you eat and drink – making a point of logging absolutely everything. Weigh and measure your food, and don’t forget to count snacks too. You might be surprised at where your daily calorie allowance is going!
Enter your height and weight into the tool and let it work out how much you should be eating to maintain your weight. Deduct 500 calories from that allowance, and you’ll have the amount you can eat while losing an average of 1lb per week.
Most weight loss comes from the food choices you make, but exercise will help to speed up the rate at which you lose weight.
Tools like MyFitnessPal notoriously overestimate the amount of calories you burn exercising, so unless you are a professional level athlete it’s best to just ignore exercise entirely when working out your calorie allowances. If you are exercising 3-4 times per week, for about an hour, just do the exercise and don’t log it. Don’t eat anything extra that day (one common trap is to ‘reward’ yourself for exercising, by eating something that contains more calories than the exercise burned!).
Exercise burns calories, and you will find that this helps you to lose weight a little faster.
For best results, try to make some of the exercise you do resistance training. This will not make you big and bulky. Rather, it will help you to hold on to the muscle you already have, creating that toned looking body that so many celebrities love showing off. Muscles burn calories even when you are at rest, so you’ll find that you lose fat more quickly if you give your muscle a reason to exist.
It’s OK to eat a little of what you fancy, but as the wedding draws closer try to drink more water and cut down on procesed foods – that’s not for fat loss reasons, though, but rather to ensure that your skin and hair look as good as possible. Losing weight is all about the number of calories that you consume, but having a clear complexion, lots of energy, and a general feeling of wellbeing comes down to the nutrition and lifestyle choices you make.
Remember that to keep the weight off you will need to sustain the changes you make. Diets are temporary, but good health is a lifestyle change.