10 Top Tips for Losing Weight Before Your Wedding

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Losing weight before your big day is definitely not a prerequisite for getting married.

However, your wedding day is a major life event, and you are likely to be spending a decent amount of money on wedding photography, as well as videography, that will last a lifetime – so it’s natural that you want to look your best.

Here are our 10 top tips for shifting some pounds before your wedding day:

1. Start Early

It is healthy and sustainable to lose around 1 pound per week, so figure out how much you would like to lose, and work backwards from the date of the wedding to determine when you should start your weight loss efforts.

Don’t forget to factor in the dates of dress fittings – you will want to be at your target weight by the last fitting, and looking to maintain that weight until the big day, as well as any special events happening in the run-up to the wedding, so you can accommodate some days off-plan as well.

2. Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

One of the most important things you can do to ensure weight loss success is meal planning, and ensuring you are well stocked up on healthy snacks. This reduces the likelihood of giving in to cravings, and helps you stay on track.

3. Team Effort

If you are already living with your partner, their eating habits will inevitably rub off on you. When you’re tucking into a plate of healthy salmon and broccoli, it can be very disheartening to watch them demolish a takeaway. Embarking on a healthy eating journey together is more likely to reap results.

4. Photographic Inspiration

Find some inspirational wedding photographs that you love, or a photograph of yourself that you think you look really good in, and stick them on the fridge (or biscuit cupboard!). That way, every time you are preparing a meal or reaching for a snack, you will remember why sticking to a healthy eating regime is so important.

5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Try not to do your grocery shopping on an empty stomach, as you are more likely to give in to calorific cravings, and make sure not to purchase foods that you find hard to resist. If you don’t have chocolate or crisps in the cupboard, you are unlikely to drive to the local shop just to get them. Instead, stock up on healthy snacks, but you’ll be surprised to find that if treats aren’t in the cupboard, you won’t go looking for them, and are perfectly content doing without.

6. Do Something Different for Date Night

If you’re trying to lose weight, cut back on eating out in restaurants, and reduce your alcohol intake. It’s difficult to control portion sizes in restaurants, and elements of meals are often deep fried or coated in calorie-rich sauces. Alcoholic drinks are empty calories, and are often full of sugar, and the resulting hangover will leave you craving stodgy food. All are best avoided, where possible, in the run-up to the big day.

7. Prioritise Exercise

Find a form of exercise that works for you, and that you enjoy, and stick with it. Whether you’re an early riser, or prefer to exercise after work, schedule your workouts into your routine, and make them non-negotiable. Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, and exercise is known to help combat stress and anxiety, so it’s a win-win.

8. Get Some Shut-Eye

Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your weight loss by increasing cravings, throwing your hormones out of whack, and increasing your stress levels. You should be aiming for 7-8 hours per night, including weekends.

9. Drink Enough Water

Drinking enough water is very important in weight loss. Water flushes your system, helps reduce water retention and bloating, and can help make you feel fuller for longer. It’s also great for improving the condition of your skin, hair, and nails, which is an added bonus for the big day.

10. Be Realistic

It’s unlikely you will be able to lose three stone in six months before your wedding, so make sure you set yourself achievable goals, and don’t beat yourself up if you have a week that doesn’t go exactly to plan. Remember to take measurements as well as weighing yourself on the scales, and you can lose inches without losing pounds, and overall remember that your wedding day is not about how slim you are, or what size of dress you buy, it’s about marrying the person you love, and committing to spend the rest of your lives together.

By Rachel Doherty, Excalibur Press