Fit for Your Wedding Day
Every bride wants to look perfect on her
wedding day. Selecting a dress that will make you look and
feel great is an important first step. But what happens when
you look in the mirror and notice trouble spots? When this
happens it’s not uncommon for brides to try quick-fix
diets or other unhealthy ways to help them get in shape. Unfortunately,
many dieting brides make fitness mistakes that not only prevent
them from reaching their goals but also cause unnecessary
stress and sometimes even illness. Those are two things no
bride needs! Here are five of the most common diet mistakes
as well as some tips to help you avoid them.
1. Too much, too late.
One of the most important things to remember if you are trying
to lose weight is to start early. For example, don’t
try to lose 20 pounds two months before the big day. The key
is to plan ahead so that you can lose the weight (or just
tone up) gradually. So if you’re dream-wedding day includes
you being in great shape, then include fitness as a “to-do”
on your overall wedding checklist. That way it will be a priority
in your wedding planning.
2. Setting unachievable goals.
Many women get engaged and begin imagining themselves drastically
thinner or more sculpted. Be realistic with yourself. If you’ve
never been a size 6 in your life, then it is probably unrealistic
to think you can magically transform just because you are
getting married. And, do you really want to look so different
on your wedding day that most people (including your fiancé)
hardly recognize you?
3. Radical diets or fitness programs.
Brides typically are short on time and long on to-do lists.
This leads many to try unhealthy fitness programs or starvation
diets. Don’t be tempted by diets that promise quick,
drastic results with little effort from you. You should avoid
any programs that suggest taking “diet” pills
or eating unbalanced meals (like eating only cabbage soup
for a week). And, don’t be lured into trying dangerous
things, like laxatives.
4. Not exercising.
It’s very easy for brides to say “I don’t
have time to exercise” or “I’m too tired
to exercise”. But diet and exercise should always go
hand in hand. Consider them to be like yin and yang. Without
activity your body can’t burn as many calories. If you
are very short on time, try to exercise in small 10-minute
bursts throughout the day. And, keep in mind that little things
help too, like taking the stairs or parking at the outer edge
of the mall parking lot. Plus, if you are tired from all of
your planning, exercise will help give you back some energy.
5. Skipping Meals
It’s not uncommon to get caught up in your planning
and then realize at 9 p.m. (as your head begins to ache) that
you haven’t eaten a thing all day. While it may not
be an uncommon scenario, it is unavoidable. Not only is skipping
meals unhealthy, it can lead to binge eating. That often means
eating very fattening foods and/or overeating all at once.
To avoid this, try packing light snacks to keep on hand throughout
the day. Good examples include carrot sticks, cheese strings,
peanut butter on crackers, etc.
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be
complicated and it doesn’t require a lot of time. Keep
in mind that the most important thing is for a bride to feel
good about herself. And no matter what size or shape, all
brides are beautiful on their wedding day!
About the author:
Lynn Bode, author and certified personal trainer, offers brides
and grooms an affordable and convenient way to get fit through
her website, WorkoutsForBrides.com. WorkoutsForBrides can
help you get the body you've always dreamed of in time for
your wedding day. Visit http://www.workoutsforbrides.com
for more information.