WEDDING DAY FITNESS PLAN…Look and feel your best on your wedding day!
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. We want our brides to FEEL their best and be healthy for their wedding day. Wedding planning can be stressful and demanding, especially when trying to fit it in with life’s daily demands of work, school, family, social life, and more. So many brides put a great deal of their energy into the planning of the wedding that, by the time their wedding day arrives, they are too ill to enjoy the fruits of their labor. We have listed some helpful nutrition information and selected exercises to fit into your daily routine to make sure you are the healthiest bride you can be on your wedding day.
Fitting into your wedding dress requires a healthy lifestyle of nutritious foods and exercise, not starvation. Research shows that a combination of a healthy eating regimen, cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching exercises will improve a person’s overall health. It is important to set realistic goals. Quick weight loss is not healthy weight loss, so consider one to two pounds per week a wonderful accomplishment.
These ten tips will improve your weight loss efforts and overall levels of health and fitness: 1) Replace refined or simple carbohydrates (Sugar, White Flour, Pasta, etc.) with complex carbohydrates (Fruit, Vegetables, Whole Grain, etc.). Leafy greens (i.e. kale, spinach, collards, and Swiss chards) and cruciferous vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts) are high in fiber and low in calories and carbohydrates.
2) Drink a lot of water. Water makes you feel full and keeps you properly hydrated.
3) Eat healthy snacks in-between meals instead of potato chips, cookies, etc. We really like some of the options at https://nuts.com. Some of our favorites include the following: Vegetarian Protein Mix (High Protein Snack)
Dry Roasted and Salted Edamame (High Protein Snack)
Yogurt Trail Mix
Organic Lemon Pop Energy Squares (Before a workout)
Organic Chia Energy Squares (After a workout)
You can also get some amazing recipes at this website!
4) Add nuts to your diet, as they are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Good nuts for a diet are Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Seeds (chia, pumpkin, hemp, sesame, flax, and sunflower) are also a great addition to your healthy lifestyle.
5) Eat lean Meat, chicken, and fish (tuna, salmon) protein. “Protein is the most fulfilling nutrient, by far, and eating a high protein diet can make you burn up to 80 to 100 more calories per day” (https://authoritynutrition.com/20-most-weight-loss-friendly-foods). Protein reduces too much snacking, cravings, and overeating.
6) Eat foods high in fiber and protein such as beans and legumes (a great vegetarian protein option, foo!).
7) Include eggs as a low fat and low calorie protein option (when cooked properly).
8) Replace sodas and sugary soft drinks with water or tea. You can flavor your water with Crystal Light or calorie free items such as those to make your water more palatable.
9) Try to avoid late-night snacks. It is best if you can actually stop eating all foods after 7pm. Late-night snacks tend to be unhealthy choices, cause indigestion, and can contribute weight gain. However, if you cannot fight the urge, consider a low calorie protein snack to help build muscle.
10) Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Brides typically want to tone the areas that are going to be photographed on their wedding day, like their arms, backs and tummies. The best workout will focus on your overall body fitness. We love these two charts of exercises for you to get an overall fitness routine in place without even having to go to the gym! And, it is easy to fit either of these routines into your busy schedule.