Thanks to the Bridal Guide for this tip:
pressure can lead some brides-to-be to go on crazy crash diets (the grapefruit diet, that inane cabbage-soup diet—who comes up with this stuff?) to trim down in a big hurry. But the results can backfire: You may shed some pounds, yes, but starving yourself or eating unhealthily in that crucial time before the wedding can leave you tired and sallow-skinned, with dull hair and dark circles under your eyes. Not pretty. Plus, you want to feel flush with love, not faint with hunger, as you exchange your vows.
Be realistic. Take into consideration your height, current weight, time frame, and level of activity before you set goals.That said, there's no reason you can't get in great shape in time for your wedding day. Hang on, we'll give you the secret formula… Drum roll, please… 1. Eat less. 2. Move more. Oh, and you should also adopt some sensible wedding-day weight-loss tips, like these:
- Don't be ruled by numbers on a scale. If you're exercising and getting toned, you may lose inches before pounds. Use a favorite pair of jeans, and how you feel as a guide.
- Replace negative messages with positive ones. Not: "I'm hopelessly fat!" but: "I did great today by replacing chips with air-popped corn. Tomorrow will be even better."
- Make small, but effective, changes. Use mustard instead of mayo; vinaigrette dressing rather than ranch; low-fat or skim milk rather than half-and-half in your coffee.
- Visualize the way you hope to look. But remember: Imagine your own personal best. There's no sense implanting a picture of Heidi Klum in your head.
- Did well this week? Reward yourself with a non-food treat: a manicure, a new lipstick, a bunch of flowers.
Don't get overly ambitious and order your wedding gown three sizes smaller because you just know you'll lose the weight—what happens if you don't? Most gowns can be taken in considerably if you do achieve your goals, but few can be let out sufficiently if you don't.