It’s nearly impossible to not come upon an article about weight loss in relation to weddings. At Fit In Your Dress – Brides, we believe that there is no one size that equates to a beautiful bride nor a number on the scale that reflects fitness level or quality of health and wellness. That said, so many of our readers and Fit Bride Tribe members have questions and are seeking guidance on how to shed a few extra pounds in advance of their wedding.
And while you can find dozens of articles on wedding weight-loss strategies in the Nutrition Section of our blog, we decided to round-up a few specific smaller-scale strategies that deserve more attention.
Below we share some helpful ways to go about achieving healthy and sustainable weight loss, without losing your mind in the process.
Forget the Fad’s
That’s F -A- D-S and not F- A- T- S. Forget the detox’s, the crash diets, the lemon and paprika cleanse, and just about any other miracle diet that finds its way into a Facebook ad. Think of these as the diet equivalent to the get rich quick scheme your momma always warned you about. These quick fixes may get you an immediate return on the scale, but the long-term health and wellness consequences are horrendous, to say the least. Not only are they completely unsustainable (I mean can you really just survive on juice alone?) but they also lead to chronic yo-yo dieting and can be dangerous to your heart health.
Psssttt…want more information on the dangers of wedding-specific crash, diets, then read our blog “The Long-Term Impact Of Your Pre-Wedding Crash Diet!“
Don’t Shy Away From Fats
Yes, that’s right.
This time it’s F-A-T-S, of the healthy kind- think avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil rather than those of the brownie and chocolate chip ice cream flavor. One of the foundational components to losing weight is to fuel your body with high-quality foods that help you stay fuller longer and keep your energy sustained over time. Healthy fats work for you, rather than against you. They support heart health and cognitive function, help to provide sustained energy between meals, and um, they taste really good.
Learn About Labels
A little education in nutrition can have a transformational impact not only on your waistline but on your overall long-term health. Food labeling and packaging is both an art and a science but let it be known that the industry is largely dominated by advertising. It’s important to read the ingredients on a label and to know that they are listed in the order in which the components are proportioned – the ingredient(s) you read first are the ones found in the greatest quantities in that food or fluid of choice.
Is your orange juice really made from just oranges? Or is it made from oranges, sugar, and other flavors?
Our rule of thumb for food shopping is really quite handy- if you can’t pronounce or have never heard of the ingredients on a label- it’s probably best to leave that item behind.
Furthermore, an easy (and fun!) way to assess whether you’re choosing a high-fiber, good-for-you carbohydrate is finding the ratio of total carbohydrates to dietary fiber. You want to aim for a ratio as close to 6:1 as possible – the lower the better! This lower ratio means you’re receiving more fiber per serving, which leads to enhanced appetite management and long-lasting energy.
If you know you are going to walk in the door after a long day or work or a tough workout and be hungry, set yourself up for a win by stocking your fridge with healthy foods that you can easily grab and eat. And going one step further – meal prep in advance! (4 strategy to cut your meal prep time in half!)
While we are not advocates of non-mindful eating, we recognize that sometimes you are just ravenous and need to quickly satisfy your hunger. Having healthy options, like pre-portioned salads, yogurts, veggie’s, prepped and ready will minimize the cabinet search for on hand snacks. You can also extend this approach to preparation to planning and apportioning a week’s worth of healthy food in bulk so you can conveniently throw a meal together in a matter of minutes.
Adjust Your Attitude
Adopt a new attitude towards weight-loss.
Take the time to reflect on what your goals are and the reasons why you are seeking change. And more importantly, take time to identify non-scale-specific goals.
Transformation takes time and the chances are the changes will be more gratifying if they connect to a longer-term personal goal, like ensuring you have a healthy relationship with food for years to come. Changing your relationship with weight loss from a restrictive diet choice to a lifestyle choice will help you stay motivated for the long term and actually enjoy the process of eating well to reach your goals.