If you are reading this, chances are that you are getting ready for your Big Day. Amidst the frenzy of planning this momentous occasion to perfection, most brides-to-be want to look their best while saying ‘I do’.
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Getting into shape may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done any workouts or been to a gym before. However, this need not stop you from getting your body ready to fit into that magnificent wedding dress and to begin the journey of a lifetime on a fitter and healthier note. Below are our tips to help you shed that weight and start your adventure. Welcome to the hall of most ravishing brides!
- Begin with the End in Mind
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The first step to shedding for your wedding is defining your goal. In other words, what it is that you intend to achieve? Are you looking to drop 5 dress sizes or are you set at a more realistic goal? Merely saying that “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get fit” is too ambiguous. You need to clearly state what ‘getting fit’ means to you, and how many pounds you wish to lose. This will help you keep track of your progress and prepare for compensation if things go off-track.
- The Ideal Diet
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Do not fall for fad diets that promise overnight results. Ditch anything and everything that can have bad consequences for your health in the long run. Eating too much or not eating enough are two extremes that will just frustrate you with failures. For starters, you should eat enough protein, since it is the building block of muscle tissue. Aim for about 1.4 to 1.6 per kilogram of body weight per day, or about 30% of your daily calorie intake.
Calculate, and keep a close watch on the total calories you consume daily. To lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit. Eating foods with high sugar and fat content makes it quite difficult to achieve results, apart from making you feel sluggish. That means, no more junk food (an occasional treat is alright, though). In addition, you should avoid meals drowned in chemicals and preservatives.
Stick to healthy carbohydrates such as soy products, peas, whole-grain breads, sweet potatoes, fibrous granolas, and whole wheat cous cous. These foods help control your blood sugar as well as insulin spikes. Keep up the water intake and lay off the alcohol for a while.
- The Workout Plan
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While maintaining your diet will go a long way in helping you shed for the wedding, you also need a workout plan to amplify your results.Yoga is a great way to begin; think of it as a way of killing two birds with the same stone – it helps you stay in shape, while busting away all that wedding-planning stress. To get the best out of yoga, make sure you incorporate cardio and strength training into the routine.
Don’t want to stop there? Go the extra mile and do more rigorous workouts. Try varied exercise routines and functional movements such as pull-ups, push-ups, deadlifts, squats and running. By using a mix of high interval intensity training, strength training and some aerobic exercise, you will achieve your goal more swiftly.
Focus and consistency are the key to getting in shape. But that does not mean that you sacrifice everything you love. A lot of brides jump into diets and workouts with their eyes only on the wedding day. But how nice would it be to maintain these results and keep the extra weight off forever? It is okay for you to not fit into your ideal version of somebody. What is more important is the fact that you are at your healthiest and most beautiful version as you walk down the aisle.
Submitted by: Breanne, Protein Promo
Breanne is a writer and editor at Protein Promo. She is getting married on the 26th of August 2017 and is in-between writing and working. She’s currently working on her own “Wedding Shedding” mission. You can follow her company via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.