If you are planning on a diet to lose weight for your wedding day, you should be aware that this is a six-month process. It takes time to form healthy eating habits and exercise to slim your body gradually. If your goal is to lose more than 100 pounds, you should keep a healthy diet for one year or even more prior to your wedding day. It sounds great to those fast weight loss promises, however, they are often too good to be true and can easily result in rebound weight gain.
1. Start the diet early.
It is highly recommended to start your wedding diet and workout plans at least six months ahead of time. Recommended weight loss each week is about one to two pounds and hence in six months, you should be able to lose up to 50 pounds. The last minute weight loss usually result in rebound weight gain for 95 percent of the time.
2. Avoid carbonation and caffeine.
Each 12-ounce can of non-diet soda has 150 calories, so if you drink three cans per day, it adds up to 81,000 extra calories in total for six months. It sounds not like a big deal, but it can account for 23 pounds of pre-wedding weight loss. Thus, you should avoid carbonated beverages. When you have a lot of carbonated drinks, the carbon dioxides trapped in the intestines could slow down your digestion, leading to bloating. Moreover, caffeine excites the intestinal tract, which can cause difficulty in food digestion.
3. Skip fried and processed foods.
Although they can provide the same nutrition, frying foods contain increased calorie content compared with grilled meats. Some processed foods also contain fillers that are hard to digest. Calorie counts for processed foods are higher than their whole foods counterparts, such as fresh vegetables, salad greens, fruits, etc.
4. Forget about the gas four weeks before the wedding day.
Foods like legumes, beans and other nutrient-rich or fiber-rich ones are typically low in calories. These foods are helpful for you during the five months prior to your wedding, but you need to stop them four weeks before the wedding day because they can cause slow digestion, gas and bloating.
5. Don’t starve.
Starvation diets are very harmful because they will cause reduced metabolism, liver failure, heart attack, kidney failure and stroke. One thing to keep in mind is that a healthful diet requires you to reduce daily caloric intake by 500. The best way to lose weight is to combine reduced calorie meals with regular exercise.
6. Progressing your weight loss gradually.
After your first several weeks of diet, increase the intensity of workouts to maintain a constant weight loss. It is common to have weight loss plateaus, but it helps a lot if you can change eating and exercise habits gradually. For example, you can add your lifting weight and focus on arms, shoulders and upper body.
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