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Ultimate Guide For Brides To Lose Weight Without Starving

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  shutterstock_367552445 Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. This is a very important day in her life when she embarks on a new journey. It is a day when she is the star of the show and all eyes are on her. She wants to look good for her bridegroom, for the guests, for the photos that she will treasure and most of all, for herself. It will give her a lot of confidence to face the cameras knowing that she looks great. There is no better motivation than to look good on one’s own wedding, and it is very important that the preparations for the day begin well in advance. In the quest to look good, the first battle is to get rid of any excess weight that may have accumulated over time. The wedding guests may really not notice the excess fat on you, but there is always that unflattering camera angle that may capture the slight bulge, here or there, and capture it for posterity. After all, how long can you hold your breath and pull in your stomach? So, get to the starting point early so that the race against the bulge can be won well before the D-day. The great thing is, when you embark on a program to lose weight, you end up with many other benefits as well, like improved skin and hair, a well-toned body and better overall health. Of course, you must go about it the right way and work on losing weight over a period. Shortcuts and drastic measures may help for the moment, but in the long run, it is difficult to sustain weight loss through extreme starvation diets or pills. You will ultimately regain what you lost and maybe even more. Read on to know what you can do to lose weight and maintain it even after the wedding. shutterstock_381036847 1. Get active   If you are at least moderately active then you have already made a good beginning. If you are mostly sedentary, then now is a good time to inculcate a good habit that will ensure a lifetime of good health for you. Start a workout plan, (if you don’t already have one), from around the time that you decide on the wedding date. Plan to do some form of exercise for at least thirty minutes a day. Try not to miss these planned exercise sessions, because being regular is what works when it comes to burning fat and losing weight. Walking is the easiest when it comes to choosing what exercise to do. Anyone can walk, and a brisk walk for thirty to forty minutes helps you lose weight at a pace which is not too fast, nor too slow. You will lose weight all over your body including the belly, hips and legs. If you have not been active, then take it slow at the beginning and walk for thirty minutes a day at first. Begin slowly and walk at a slower pace for the first ten minutes and then speed up for the next fifteen minutes. Walk slowly for the last five minutes. Once you get used to walking, walk for forty minutes every day at a brisk pace. You can keep track of the number of steps walked and calories burnt with one of the numerous phone apps or tracking devices that are available. This keeps the motivation going as you can compete with yourself to better your records. Besides this, try and walk during the daily chores that you do. Walking to the grocery store and climbing stairs to your home or office will help you burn away more calories and lose those extra inches. You can join a gym if you think that you need a more targeted exercise regime for your weight loss program. The trainers can help you identify your problem areas and help you with the exercises that are needed to tone up. Your fiancé may want to join you in the exercise sessions. Then you can both be cheerleaders for each other and motivate each other to reach your goals. 2. Consult a nutritionist  If you are unsure about your food intake, you may want to consult a nutritionist. He/she can tell you exactly how many calories you need to consume and burn every day to reach your weight goal. He/she can even help you plan your meals as per your requirement, keeping your food preferences in mind. 3. Drink adequate water Drinking plenty of water aids in weight loss. People who drink lots of water eat fewer calories. Water makes you feel fuller and so you end up eating less. Water also keeps you hydrated so that you don’t feel thirsty and end up consuming high-calorie sugary drinks. shutterstock_556259263 4. Eat mindfully  Be aware of what you eat and how much. You may be a moderate eater, and always eat keeping the rules of eating in mind, like eating smaller portions and avoiding sweets and high-calorie fried foods, but emotional eating may affect even the people who are most careful about their food. Your wedding is coming up and you are in a blissful state of mind. Your friends and relatives are very happy too, and how do they express their happiness? With food, of course. You and your fiancé will probably be invited by relatives to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. And of course, there is the pre-wedding bachelorette party and the various other festivities that precede a wedding. It is easy to forget and over-eat when there is so much feasting and good feeling all around. The best way to avoid eating too much outside is to firstly, eat a good breakfast and secondly, eat a portion of some healthy and filling snack before heading out for the parties. By eating a good breakfast, you ensure that your body is fuelled early in the day so that you are energised and do not feel the hunger pangs later in the day and make unhealthy food choices. You are not worn out by the end of the day and still have energy enough to go and complete your daily round of exercise. Eating at home before heading out for parties or for invitations ensures that you are partially full and are not tempted to stuff yourself on the calorie-filled snacks that your hosts have laid out. Another way of keeping yourself on track with your eating is to get yourself a buddy. It can be a friend or cousin who you can share your weight loss and food goals and who can support you in your efforts. When you feel that you are accountable to someone, it is always easier to stick to your goals. Keep an emergency snack like an apple or a granola bar with you in case hunger pangs strike during the day. 5. Get enough sleep Excitement may be keeping you awake at night but it is very important to get a good night’s sleep. Too little sleep can stall weight loss and indeed, with less sleep in the night you may start piling on the kilos. When you sleep less than the optimum hours, at least 7.5 hours every night, you have less energy the next day and may feel like skipping your exercise hour. Or you may find yourself drinking too much sugary coffee. Also, less sleep interferes with the balance of the hunger hormones which tell us when to eat and when to stop.  All these factors can add up and go against you when you are trying to get in shape. 6. Avoid stress Planning a wedding even if you are not doing it all by yourself is always a cause for stress. From deciding on the trousseau and jewellery, food and venue to managing relatives, there is enough stress to make you feel anxious. It is important not to let yourself get too worked up. Stress too can make you overeat and in this way, can hinder weight loss. The stress hormone cortisol has been known to be the cause of larger waistlines. So, if you are feeling stressed in the run up to the wedding, then do not skip your exercise. Exercise lowers stress level in people by releasing dopamine. Some meditation and yoga too can help in keeping stress levels in check. shutterstock_412780957   7. Limit alcohol Everyone may want to toast the bride, but you as the bride would be wise to abstain from alcohol after the first drink. Alcohol itself is full of calories which the liver needs to work hard to get rid of. Moreover, too much of it may lower inhibitions and make you forget to watch your food intake. So, it is a double jeopardy when it comes to weight loss. 8. Befriend your tailor Select your wedding outfit well in advance and have everything stitched and ready. Your tailor and stylist can suggest designs that flatter you and can make you look slimmer. Although you have worked hard to get the perfect figure, a little illusion will certainly not hurt. If you try on the outfit early, you will know how you look and that will boost your confidence. Then if any alterations are required around the wedding day, it can be done quickly. The most important thing, however, is to enjoy the time before the wedding. Remember to have fun while planning the wedding, be it picking up the coordinated outfits, or deciding the menu. While doing this, if you miss one session at the gym or eat too much during one meal don’t worry too much about it. If you are regular in your habits, then one piece of cake, an extra glass of wine or one day away from the gym will not matter in the long run. Just make sure to get back to your routine the next day as usual. If you begin early and follow through with your weight loss and beauty program, then on the day of the ceremony you are sure to be the radiant bride that you always wanted to be. Your big day just around the corner? Why not check out our bridal packages where we take care of not just your skin and hair care needs, but also help you shed the unwanted kilos to fit seamlessly in your dream dress!

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