The big day is just around the corner. You’ve got enough anxiety without having to worry about how you’re going to look, if the dress will fit as planned, and if your skin will shine.
It’s important that getting fit for your big day is not just about a crash diet, but rather small changes that will last. That way, after your wedding, the pounds won’t creep back!
Here are nine lifestyle tips to help you stay focused and look and feel your best on your big day.
1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration is not only important for your overall health, but also for your skin. Drinking water will help you curb your appetite, help you stay cool, and also keep your skin looking and feeling fresh.
The standard recommendation is to drink six to eight glasses of water every day. Appropriate hydration could also be achieved with water-rich vegetables and fruits, including:
2. Consume Small, Frequent Meals
By eating frequently, it will help you to avoid overeating because you will prevent yourself from reaching the point of starvation. Often, if we wait until we are really hungry, we overeat or scarf down too much food too fast.
Each small meal should include protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. A good example would be a hardboiled egg sandwich with a side salad.
3. Include Fiber in Your Diet
Fiber-rich foods not only help you feel full for longer periods of time but also help regulate your digestive system. A diet rich in whole grains, legumes, and whole fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to obtain dietary fiber. Choose to sprinkle flaxseed in your oatmeal, or eat a salad for lunch or dinner to help you get enough fiber throughout the day.
4. Avoid Nighttime Eating
Food consumption at night, especially in front of the television or computer, can lead to mindless eating where we don’t pay attention to if we feel full. There is also some evidence that eating more of your calories earlier in the day allows for faster weight loss.
5. Avoid Hidden Sources of Sugar
Sugar intake can creep up in different ways. It’s important to read the labels on products such as granola bars, snack packs, and trail mix. Many commercial brands often have added sugars in their products, which contribute to unnecessary excess calories.
6. Don’t Buy Into Juices
On the whole, juices are just a bunch of calories. Because ingredients are squeezed into juice form, they have their fiber removed, which results in two things. First, you may get hungry quicker than if you ate your calories. And second, if you don’t use those calories as fuel, they could essentially cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss.
7. Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routine
Nutrition is only half the battle when it comes to looking the way you want. A proper and consistent exercise routine will help you achieve your results effectively. While recommendations range from 30 to 60 minutes, plan for at least 45 minutes, five times a week, at a moderate activity level.
Additional calories could be burned if you take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to work instead of using your car or public transportation, and even engage in household chores.
8. Incorporate Strength Training
Whether you prefer a Pilates-based class or a strength conditioning class, increasing your muscle tone will help you increase lean body mass, which increases calories burned throughout the day. In addition, toning up will also help you look strong and fit. Say goodbye to the flab!
9. Get Quality Sleep
Adequate sleep is essential for everyone, and it’s specific to the individual. Most people need between seven and eight hours a night, and getting less can lead to overeating, depression, and other problems. As long as you achieve the amount you need, you’ll look and feel rested. In order to make up for lack of sleep and maintain energy levels, we tend to consume additional calories. Focus on maintaining a healthy sleep pattern.
Try to find a healthy balance. From the time you know you’re getting married and you’ve set the wedding date, it’s very important to maintain a consistent routine for diet, exercise, and sleep. Avoid binging and crash dieting. Those results never last long and could negatively affect your health.
Healthline wishes you the best of luck on your special day!
[This article was previously posted in Healthline on August 7th, 2015]