Have you been skipping seconds and passing on brownies because you have a big day coming up? Do you want the light to reflect off of your toned biceps and make guests pull out their sunglasses as you walk down the aisle, or have rice bounce off of your rock hard calves as you leave for your honey moon?
If the answer is yes, and you’re trying to find the right diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight and fit into that hip-hugging white wonder of a dress then we’re here to help.
The key is to give yourself enough time to implement a diet and exercise plan so that you’ll be able to develop habits that you can sustain until the wedding. 2-6 months before your wedding day is usually a good window of time to begin (depending how badly you need to lose weight or how much you want to tone), and if you only have a week until your big day then click your heels three times and hope that your fairy god-mother comes to your rescue.
Step One: Detox
First, you need to cleanse your system of all the toxins and chemicals that have built up in your digestive system. These poisons are coating the lining or your large intestine and making it difficult for your body to absorb all of the nutrients it needs from your food in order to fuel the fat-burning functions in your body. You can begin a colon cleanse naturally or with the help of a commercial cleansing product.
To naturally cleanse, you need to stay away from processed food and food that has been genetically modified or treated with hormones. This most likely includes dairy, flour, soy, processed meats, and sugary snacks and treats. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label then they have no place being in your body. If you’d prefer to use a cleansing aid then we’d recommend a product like the 7 Day Slimming Pill, Cleansonix, or Colovox. All of these supplements will gently cleanse your system and leave your body ready to take on the next step in your wedding day prep.
Step Two: Diet
Now is the time for you to establish some healthy habits that are not going to be too extreme but are going to get you through the next few months successfully. Follow these simple tips as general rules for effective weight loss:
Drink Water – you should be drinking half your weight in ounces of water every day in order to keep your body hydrated and functioning at its peak
Skip the bread basket – processed flour and carbs are difficult to process and often end up being stored rather than used for energy.
Never skip breakfast – you need to eat a breakfast high in protein or whole grains (a protein shake, oatmeal, or egg white omelet are good choices) so that your metabolism will get a boost in the morning and so that you’ll stay fuller than if you had had a sugary cereal or granola bar
Follow the 25-25-50 rule – Your lunch and dinner plates should be filled with 25% lean protein (chicken, fish, or turkey), 25% whole grains (brown rice or quinoa are perfect), and 50% leafy vegetables.
If you’re looking for a diet supplement that will jump-start your weight loss and show you the results you need to be confident in your succeed then we recommend a mild formula that will act as an appetite suppressant and give you extra energy for your workouts. Some of our favorites include: Slimvox, IrvingiAppress, and OxyElite Pro.
Step Three: Exercise
If you’re not used to being active or exercising at all going to the gym can be intimidating. You can start at home though and get up early before work to walk for 30 minutes or buy a pair of dumbbells and start doing bicep curls and flys in your living room. Ideally, you should be working out 3-5 times (or maybe 6 if you’re really serious) per week and lifting weights 2-4 times per week to get in shape.
Weight lifting is an important part of weight loss because as you lift and increase your amount of lean muscle mass, your body will be able to burn more calories throughout the day and especially as you workout. Lifting won’t turn you into the incredible hulk, but rather will tone your muscles so that as you lose weight they’ll begin to show and look more defined.
Decide what parts of your body are going to show in your dress and focus on these areas. Do you have a strapless dress and need toned arms? Is your dress a mermaid cut and you need tight gluts and thighs? Is it a sheath and you need a flat stomach? Or is it backless and you need to work your lats?
Here are some good exercises for these individual areas:
• Arms: bicep curls and behind the head tricep raises (with a 3-8 lb weight)
• Hamstrings: squats
• Glutes: squats and leg lifts from all-fours
• Calves: calf raises on a step or platform
• Abs: the bicycle is good for obliques, and leg lowers and lifts are good for lower abs (while lying on your back)
• Back: do standing rows with light weights for a toned upper back and superman lifts (while lying on your stomach) for your lower back
Yes, these are brief but they’ll give you an idea of what muscle groups you need to work to shape a body your guests will be envious of.
Step Four: Walk Down the Isle
After a few weeks of putting these ideas into practice you’ll be able to develop healthy and sustainable habits that you can carry with you past your big day and on into your marriage. Getting in perfect wedding shape is hard work and is not for the faint-hearted, but if you follow these steps, lose weight, and look lean and toned then you’ll be confident on your wedding day and will be grateful when you look back through your photo albums.