As a bride-to-be, it’s only natural that you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. If for you that means losing a little bit of weight and dropping a few dress sizes, then you’ll want to put a smart and effective plan into action.
Of course, you have your hands full with the task of planning a wedding, which means you probably don’t have much time to think about workouts and diets.
We’re not saying that you won’t have to put in any effort or that it won’t require a time commitment, but by following these expert-recommended guidelines, you can get a good idea of what the process should include and easily come up with a clear-cut plan that can help you reach your goals.
“My best tip for brides looking to lose weight or get in shape is to avoid fad diets and short-term exercise programs,” said Laurie Towers, a fitness expert, former professional bodybuilder and founder and CEO of The Bridal Body Shop in New York City. “The problem with these diets is that they are not customized to the individual, and they do not make a lasting change in eating and exercise habits.”
Towers said that short-term programs are too drastic and extreme to maintain over longer periods of time and usually lead to weight gain after the wedding.
Instead of taking the extreme route, follow these tips and guidelines so you can look and feel incredible on your big day and then maintain your health and fitness many, many years after saying I do.
Pick a realistic timeline for your goal.
“Set a realistic goal and take baby steps to reach it,” says Shannon Higgins, a fitness expert and founder of Studio Barre, a boutique, fitness brand that offers an effective barre workout in a luxury setting. “You can't expect to drop two dress sizes in a month.” Keep in mind that most people can effectively and safely lose weight at a rate of about one to two pounds per week, so make sure to give yourself enough time based on this rate and it’s even a good idea to plan for a few extra weeks. Additionally, Higgins also suggests writing down your goal and placing it somewhere you’ll see it often. “Keep it nearby to be reviewed when you need inspiration,” she said.
Come up with a workout routine.
Aim to exercise at least five days per week. You’ll want to include both strength and cardio training in your weekly routine with at least two strength workouts and at least three cardio workouts, depending on how intensely you plan on exercising. See our complete “Bridal Boot Camp” guidelines for a detailed overview of what your weekly workout schedule should look like. Set your schedule up and commit to it. Treat each workout like an important appointment. “I recommend you pack your gym bag with everything you need, and set out your workout outfit the night before,” said Steve Collins, an exercise and cardiac physiologist and co-founder of The Way Up, a fitness and nutrition training program. “You would never think of skipping your dress fitting, and your workout is just as important. Schedule it, commit to it and get it done. Plan ahead and add your workouts to your calendar before anything else can get in the way.”