As the excitement of the marriage proposal turns to making wedding plans, a bride-to-be's thoughts may turn to losing a few pounds for her wedding day. Although the bride can follow a strict diet to lose weight quickly, she'll be happier with more realistic plans for diet and exercise. Of course, the more time she has before the wedding, the more weight she'll have the opportunity to lose at a reasonable rate.
Diet and Exercise for Weight Loss
Cut too many calories and the body's metabolism will slow down and hinder attempts at weight loss. If you are doing a lot of work on your wedding, added on top of the other tasks that make up your day, then cutting too many calories could make you weak or incredibly cranky. You know the math: to lose one pound a week, you need to cut 500 calories a day. A year-long engagement gives you the chance to lose 52 pounds. If there is less time or you want to lose weight at a rate of two pounds a week, then you'll need to cut 1000 calories a day.
Before you start cutting calories, figure out what you eat in an average day by writing down everything from what you had for breakfast to those M&Ms you snuck off your coworker's desk. Estimate the number of calories you normally consume and then reduce your caloric consumption by 20 percent, which is an amount you probably won't notice. Of course, you can skip the stress of counting calories and leave a few bites of food on your plate at each meal.
Aim to exercise three-to-five days a week, burning 200 to 500 calories each workout. Sneaking in spontaneous exercise - parking further away from the door at the mall, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, adds to the number of calories burnt during the day without taking up a lot of time.
Time Management for Weight Loss
Losing weight requires time. The bride-to-be needs time to plan what she'll eat and when she'll exercise, shop, and prepare food. This is on top of wedding planning, work, and meeting the needs of family, friends, and self. Exercising two hours a day may help a woman reach her goal weight faster, but for how long will her schedule (and energy level) allow for that time commitment?
Even seemingly simple things like eating fruit for a snack, requires the forethought to shop for this lower-calorie alternative to chips or cookies. Going to the gym also requires the time to drive to and from the gym. A small action may require just a few minutes to accomplish, but several small actions add up to a significant amount of time.
If trying to lose weight before your wedding seems like one more demand on your time, make small changes, such as leaving some food on your plate, making lower calorie choices in restaurants and sneaking in activity to supplement your regular exercise. Each small step adds up to your goal of looking fantastic on your wedding day.
Published by Susan Caplan McCarthy
Susan Caplan McCarthy is a writer, yarn crafter, environmental educator, and belly dancer. Susan sells handcrafted items on Etsy at Wee Cat Creations. She has written a series of nature activity boo... View profile
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