Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Crash Diets for Weddings

FAQ About Pre Wedding Diets

There are many occasions in someone’s life that they want to slim down in record time, none more important than The Big Day. This day can also be known as your wedding day, the day you choose to join your life forever with the person of your dreams while hundreds of cameras, one which you paid a photographer hundreds of dollars to bring, take pictures of you. No bride wants to feel under confident or to look back and be unhappy with how she looked in the picture. This is why many brides and grooms go on a diet before their wedding, to slim down and tone up for their Big Day.  Here we will address some common questions about pre wedding diets.

Q. When should I start dieting before my wedding?

A. This will depend entirely on how much weight you want to lose before you walk down the aisle. If your healthy goal weight is 10 lbs less than you currently are you should leave 5-10 weeks, losing about 1-2 pounds per week. If you need to lose 100 lbs than you should give yourself a year, again losing 1-2 pounds per week. This will allow you to obtain healthy weight loss and have the results stay long after you say, “I do”.

Q. Do I need to exercise too? Or will restricting my calories be enough?

A. All healthy diets should also include exercise, otherwise you will also lose muscle mass and look flabby. There is no way to skip out on toning up and getting cardiovascular exercise such as cycling or jogging. You should dedicate at least one hour four times per week to a rigorous workout regime that includes weight training and cardio exercise. This should start within the same time frame as your pre wedding diet.

Q. How soon before my wedding should I stop dieting and exercising?

A. Your diet should be low in unhealthy food choices, high in healthy food choices and filled with good for you exercise. For this reason, you should never stop it. If you want to keep the weight off and be a shapely newlywed continue your diet and exercise routine into your new life. If you were restricting your caloric intake as part of your diet than once you have achieved your goal weight you can add in more calories to reach a healthy level. This level, depending on your size and activity level will vary, but be at a point that will allow you to maintain your current weight.

If you are on an unhealthy diet with too much exercise and not enough calories (below 1, 200 is too close to starvation) you should be careful in the days before your wedding. You do not want to feel faint or have an accident while you should be enjoying your Big Day.

Q. The stress is leaving me craving all of the foods on my “NO” list, what should I do?

A. What you should do is avoid these foods. Regardless of the occasion you should eat clean, this means no packaged food, no refined carbohydrates and no junk! If the stress is causing you to feel like you have to binge try drinking water or herbal tea to calm your cravings. If that just won’t work and you are craving a sweet treat try strawberries in low fat yogurt sweetened with honey. If you are craving a salty item try edamame steamed with sea salt. Just remember, not only are you losing weight for your wedding but also you are learning to avoid junk foods for life.

Q. I have left my diet too late, what is a healthy crash diet I can go on?

A. If you must crash diet before your wedding you should understand the possible consequences. Crash diets deprive your body of essential nutrients. They weaken your immune system, increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations and cardiac stress. A crash diet is by definition a diet that includes 1, 200 calories or less daily. I would recommend a diet that has 7 calories for every pound of body mass you have, but consuming no fewer than 1, 200 calories daily. That means if you weigh under 170 lbs you eat 1, 200 calories. If you weigh, for example, 200 lbs you can eat 1, 400 calories. Limit the sources of calories and fat to fresh vegetables, lean protein sources, low fat dairy and low carb fruits. Include plenty of fresh water and 30-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily. Due to the calorie restrictions you should not exercise beyond your means. If you are used to a sedentary lifestyle then walk for the hour. If you are in relatively good shape you could jog.