As your wedding day approaches, chances are that you’ll need to lose at least a pound or two in order to fit into your wedding dress. Not only were you probably a little bit optimistic when you had your dress sized, but also you’ve probably been eating less than the healthiest food while you were out running around for wedding supplies. Though it may seem like a great idea to go on a fast and lose as much weight as possible in a big hurry, this is both unhealthy and will likely fail in the end. If you deprive your body of large amount of calories all at once, you’ll likely break down and binge eat a whole bunch of terrible foods. More importantly, you can seriously impact your health which is something you definitely don’t want; especially leading up to your wedding. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to slim down before your wedding, but like anything else, preparation and dedication will always produce the best results.
What Causes Weight Gain for Brides?
There are several factors working against you as a bride that will cause you to gain more weight than most other women. First off, you have to deal with the stress of planning your wedding which releases chemicals and enzymes in your body that can actually cause weight gain. While having some stress during the wedding planning process is normal, having too much stress can lead to serious health concerns; one of those being obesity.
Second, many brides gain weight because of the diet they adopt during the wedding planning process. Likely, you will recruit some friends to go out with you to shop for wedding sparklers, flowers, and everything else you need to pull off your wedding. In-between stores, you may stop off and have a glass of wine or beer to make the experience more pleasurable. Perhaps you have a lot to do on a particular day so you stop and get some fast food from a drive-thru to gobble down in a hurry. All of these choices mean more calories, and more calories turns into more fat.
The best option to combat these problems is to have a solid health plan for several months leading up to your wedding. This means that you need to be conscious of both the food that you’re eating as well as the amount of stress you are under at any time. If you feel yourself getting too stressed out, take a day off to relax or have some fun like going to the spa for a day. Also, you can plan ahead for your meals by bringing along healthier alternatives rather than eating junk food. By doing these two simple things, your chance of fitting into your wedding dress on your big day are much better.
The Final Stretch
If you find yourself just a little too big for your dress with a short period of time to go, there are a couple of things you can do. First off, cut out as much salt and sodium as possible because this will help you retain less water and you’ll see a few pounds drop quickly. Second, hit the gym for some cardio to burn some extra calories in the day. Lastly, be conscious of what you’re eating and build a caloric deficit. Try not to cut out more than 500 calories from what your body needs to maintain its current size because it isn’t healthy. However, in a week’s time, you can easily lose 3 or 4 pounds between the calories and the water weight that you lose from reducing your sodium intake.