Shaping Up for Your Wedding Dress

25 Aug

I love shows like The Last Ten Pounds Boot Camp and Bulging Brides. But unfortunately the reason those shows exist is because often times the stress of working, planning a wedding, possibly getting used to living with someone new, and the day to day grind of life often take a toll on a bride-to-be’s diet and exercise routine. Believe me, I know firsthand. The first year my partner and I lived together, I gained 15 pounds (annoyingly, he lost ten)!

What is even more stressful about a possible weight gain around your wedding day is that it is the one day where you truly are centre of attention…when all eyes are on you…the day your image will be captured for all time through various photographs which your grandchildren will surely see. Yep, that’s what I call pressure to look your best!

But don’t stress! Below are some of my favourite tips for getting back on the skinny train.  Keep in mind that every body is different, and regardless of whatever food or fitness plan you take on, make sure it is right for your body type and individual health needs.

Move It: The only way to amp up any weight loss regime is to add in some cardio exercise! Don’t think that you have to invest a huge amount of time and money into getting into shape. As long as you have a decent pair of running shoes, the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Regions are filled with amazing trails, challenging public stairs, and community tracks and pools to get in the recommended 30 minutes of cardio, 3 times a week to start you on the right path for weight loss.  Your cardio can consist of running, power walking, tennis, swimming laps, biking, rollerblading….pretty much anything that gets your heart pumping at a rate that makes it difficult to maintain a normal conversation. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, invest a couple of bucks into an exercise tape or two to do in the comfort of your own home. One of my favs is Jillian Michaels Banish Fat/Boost Metabolism (your butt will be sore after this tape, believe me!)

Add Some Weight: Adding Weight lifting to your workout routine is one of the quickest and most time efficient ways to melt fat and add lean muscle (partly because muscle burns almost double the amount of calories than body fat does).  Don’t be afraid that adding weight lifting to your routine will make you bulk up.  As long as you keep the amount of weight low and increase the amount of reps you do, the only change you will see is the development of lovely, long, lean muscles. I would suggest that you do increase the amount of weight you lift or amount of reps you do every two weeks or so to keep challenging your muscles.

Milk does do a Body Good: Side-step sports drinks post workout and grab a glass of chocolate milk.  More and more studies have been coming out that say that chocolate milk is the best thing to have after a great workout because it helps to quickly rebuild your muscles, offers you protein and a healthy amount of carbs to recuperate and feel full after your work out.  Its chocolaty goodness is also fabulous for warding off the evil Sweet Tooth

No Gimmicks: Avoid potions, pills, shakes or crazy cleanses! While they may show results in the short term, the user often experiences gaining even more weight back after they stop the program.  The best way to lose fat steadily is by maintaining a balanced and healthy diet consisting of lots of whole grains, fibre, protein, fruits and veggies and a limited amount of sugar, processed foods and trans fats.  Remember, the stress and craziness of life if not just going to stop the day after your wedding.  In fact, life seems to only get busier the older you get!  So look at losing weight for your wedding as actually a new beginning; to look great for your marriage and yourself the rest of your life!

A Little Help From Your Friends: It’ very hard to lose weight and get in shape alone, but thankfully there are several different resources you can turn to for help such as your friends, family and definitely your fiancé (you will be sharing most of your meals together, so he has to be on board!).  Some online sites I have found helpful are Shape Magazine & Fitness Magazine. They are filled with healthy eating and exercise routines that work all areas of your body and mixes up the workouts so you don’t get bored.

Take a Break….from Everything! As fun and memorable a wedding is, planning that day can be incredibly stressful mentally, emotionally and physically.  I mean, it’s not like the rest of your life is on hold until after that day!  If your body needs it, treat yourself to a day off from wedding planning and stressing about the future. You can rejuvenate yourself in several different ways such as trying a yoga class, going for a relaxing walk along a beautiful nature trail, or allowing yourself to indulge in a little sweet or salty treat every now and again.  Enjoy the experience of a healthy lifestyle. It is the only way you will ever stick with it!



13th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show

September 18 & 19, 2010-The Careport Centre, Hamilton

7th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show

Sunday October 3rd, 2010- Quality Parkway Hotel & Convention Centre, St. Catharines

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