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Your Wedding Weight Loss Questions

Updated on May 2, 2016

For many women, the wedding day is one of the most important days of her life—and one that will probably be documented more closely than any other. Most brides want to look their very best on this special day, but more importantly, it’s nice to be the healthiest version of yourself before you embark on a new chapter of your life. But whether your motivation for slimming down is for vanity reasons or for a lifestyle change, dropping pounds before the big day can be a challenge. Here are some great tips for helping you get in shape before you walk down the aisle.

When should I start dieting?

This really depends on how much weight you’re hoping to lose: the more weight to shed, the more time you’ll need. To safely—and more sustainably—lose weight, you should aim for no more than two pounds per week. So if you want to drop 10 pounds before you say “I do,” you’ll need about a month-and-a-half.

Does stress help or hinder weight loss?

Unfortunately, most people gain weight when they are stressed-out because they seek comfort in food and are feeling too run down to hit the gym. For a bride-to-be, the demands of planning a wedding can be very stressful, making the weight loss difficult, too. Opt for workouts that not only strengthen your body and burn calories, but also help to reduce stress. A Power Yoga class will clear your mind and get your body wedding ready and a spin class first thing in the morning will invigorate you for the rest of the day!

Should I buy my dress in the size I hope to be?

The most flattering dress will be a dress that fits you properly. Squeezing into a size 6 when you should be wearing an 8 or 10 won’t make you look like a size 6; in fact, it’ll probably make you look bigger than if you simply wore the size 8. Also, it’s much easier for a tailor to take in a dress a size or two than it is to expand it. So buy the dress that fits, and if you lose weight, adjust the dress accordingly.

What’s the fastest and easiest way to drop pounds quickly?

Since the goal presumably is to look your best, the number on the scale doesn’t really matter too much. If you only restrict calories, you will lose weight, but you will appear un-toned or flabby. If you combine a calorie restricted diet with weight training, the scale may not move as much (the whole fat weighs less than muscle fact), but you’ll be more toned and therefore lose “inches.”

Should I consider diet pills?

Now is not the time to experiment with medications or weight loss remedies. The side effects of such drugs can impact your mood, skin, and anxiety level—not things you want to irritate with your wedding day approaching. Plus, many pills show no proven effectiveness or are considered unsafe. Not worth it!


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