Weddings. You typically think of music, flowers, food, and the dress. Oh yes – the dress! For this one specific part of a huge moment in many women’s lives, it can be a source of panic. How many wedding diets have you heard of or bridal boot camps?
The world of weddings and weight loss is in a class all its own. Did you see the recent story of the bride-to-be that was using a feeding tube to lose weight? If you don’t believe me, just Google it. She literally had a nasal feeding tube placed so she could consume a mere 800 calories (of just protein and fat, no carbohydrates) a day for 10 days. I hope that you are already aware that this is dangerous.
Instead of extreme dieting, brides should only plan on losing about 2 pounds per week. Stick to the basics of healthy eating: enjoy plentiful amounts of colorful fruits and vegetables, make sure you get enough protein (but don’t overdo it: excess calories is still excess calories!), add in some healthy fats like canola or olive oil, avocado, nuts & seeds, and stick to whole grain sources of carbohydrates. Common sense calls for limiting the amount of sweets (hey you will love your wedding cake even more this way!) and refined grains.
Then of course there is alcohol. I’m sure there will be plenty at the reception but try to avoid it until then if you are trying to lose weight for the big day; it’s a source of purely empty calories which means it’ll put the weight on you without providing any bit of nutritious value. And if you want to submit yourself to the tortures, I mean the health benefits of a bridal boot camp; it probably is a good way to get the heart pumping. Otherwise, try to get in 30 minutes of vigorous or 60 minutes of moderate exercise of your choice at least 5 times a week.
Let the wedding bells chime on…….
Written by: Christina Molinski, MS, RD and bride-to-be!