Along with choosing flowers, spending an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest, and trying out the latest DIY centerpieces, most brides are hitting the gym before their walk down the isle. And why wouldn’t you? For most of us, this is our red carpet moment, a moment we’ve envisioned for years. Check out our wedding weight loss tips for getting into shape just in time for your special day.
Get the App
You use your smartphone for just about everything else, why not let it help you get fit. There are several apps that will help you achieve your training goals by tracking your progress, selecting motivational music and offering online rewards. Some of our favorites include, My Fitness Pal, Nike Training Club, and 7 Minute Workout Challenge. The best part? These apps don’t require a gym membership!
Keep a Food Diary
Keeping track of each calorie you consume holds you accountable and can highlight areas where you can cut back. Research shows that the simple act of tracking your food can help you lose twice as much weight than if you don’t track at all (mental tracking does not count). And remember, even tasting menus for the reception count.
Ask for Help
With all the stress of wedding planning, it can be tough to stay strong and accountable to your goals if you don’t have someone rooting for you. So tell your family and your bridesmaids about your weight and fitness goals and ask for their support. Maybe they’ll join you on your fitness quest on the months leading up to your wedding.
There bound to be showers and celebrating before the wedding, but be sure to limit your alcohol intake. It lowers inhibitions, making it more likely that you’ll forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge. Plus, alcohol is pretty high in calories. If you must drink, limit yourself to just one and drink it slowly.
Get Some Sleep
Your calendar is likely full and your mind racing with to-dos, but don’t let this stop you from getting enough shut eye. Too little sleep can sabotage your weight loss efforts, increasing cravings and leading to poor choices. Aim for at least 7-8 hour hours of sleep per night, including weekends.
For more pre-wedding weight loss tips, visit us at the Wedding Expo in Asheville on August 23rd at the U.S. Cellular Center and enter to win a Body Shaping Package.