Wedding Ready | Fit Into The Dress The Healthy Way

The big day is almost here and you want to look your best. Many brides-to-be try out many different slim down techniques and crash diets before their weddings, only to pick up all the weight right afterward. Even if it is just for one day, the only surefire way to shed some pounds is to do it naturally and healthily; with a well-balanced diet and exercise. For more information, check out Mommy Authority to learn more about proper nutrition and weight-loss. So, if you want that dress to fit like a glove and be a glowing bride, here are some things that you can do to fit into your wedding gown in a healthier way*. 

Take Your Time
A wedding is not typically planned overnight, and most brides have a few months before they have to walk down the aisle. As losing weight in a short amount of time can lead to negative and unwanted results, it is advised that you should take your time and do it slowly. Set measurable and realistic weekly goals and works towards them. This will allow you to put your body under less stress. 

Balance Your Diet
Counting calories is a quick way to burn off those pesky pounds but this should not be the only way you approach your diet. Cut out any processed and fast foods from your diet. Stay away from sugary treats, soda, starch, and alcohol. Rather eat whole foods and vegetables, they have much fewer calories and will keep you feeling fuller for longer. A well-balanced diet does not leave you starving at the end of the day. Seek out the advice of a dietician or professional to find a tailored eating plan for your body. 

An average woman needs roughly 2200 calories to maintain her weight. A diet between 1200 and 1500 calories a day should result in a total weight loss of one pound every week. 

1500 calories in food:

     29 Apples
     10 Pound of Broccoli
     7 Pounds of Kale 
     8 Pounds of Carrot
     2 Pounds of Chicken Breast 
     1.6 Pounds of Salmon 

Drink More Water
Staying hydrated is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, parts of your weight-loss journey. When you drink enough water, your body is able to remove waste and detox from all the toxins more efficiently. A good rule of thumb is to drink approximately two liters a day. If you start to get hungry, drink a glass of water - fake hunger pangs can lead to overeating and can be controlled by filling up with H2O first. Hydration will also improve your skin, leaving it healthier and radiant for your big day. 

Don’t Drink Calories
A night on the town with the girls is great fun but alcohol wreaks havoc on your body and diet. The cocktails and drinks we all love are calorie dense and don’t offer much nutritional value. So, when you are trying to fit into your wedding dress, stay away from drinks. 

     Beer - 150 calories per can 
     Red Wine -  125 calories per glass
     Margarita - 455 calories
     Cosmo - 200 calories
     Chocolate Martini - 438 calories

Get Active 
Exercise is possibly the best way to lose weight. When your body is active it burns calories, preventing the food you eat from being stored in the form of fat. This will also help you to keep the weight off in the long run. By incorporating daily exerciseinto your regime can reduce your stress levels, increase your circulation and tone your body. With all of these wonderful benefits, find an activity that works for you and stick with it. You won’t be disappointed in your results. 

Forgive Yourself
When you diet, it is easy to fall off of the bandwagon and have a cheat meal. Instead of harping on about that burger or slice, forgive yourself and move on with your health regime. Punishing yourself will only add extra pressure, and as planning a wedding can already be stressful, you really don’t need it. 

Fitting into your wedding dress is an important part of your big day but it should not come at the cost of your health. Try to lose weight gradually and make these healthy changes part of your everyday life. 
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