The Four-Week Bridal Shape-up Guide
Look fit and fabulous for your special day with our ultimate wedding body prep plan
Every bride wants to feel like a princess and look beautiful on her wedding day and why shouldn’t she? Wedding planning can be stressful and lead to emotional eating and de-motivation to go to the gym. However, amidst the stress of wedding planning, it is important to stick with or even start a healthy diet and fitness program and lose weight. How? It’s simple - commit to your plan! You just have to choose to stay in control. If you don’t know where to start, look no further than this amazing four week guide full of workout and nutrition tips that will help you slim down and tone-up just in time for you to tie the knot.
4 Weeks to go
Fitness: This is the first stage to achieving the dream body you have always desired. Get your day off to a good start by setting your alarm earlier and walking to work if you live nearby. Include 40 minutes of any cardio activity (like walking, jogging and skipping) in your daily workout routine.
Nutrition: Proper nutrition is imperative to looking your best on your wedding day. You don’t have to starve yourself; you have to learn what to eat and when. Start keeping tabs on your calorie and carb intake and be sure to drink lots of water as it will help flush out toxins and leave you with a glowing complexion. It will also reduce your hunger pangs and increase your metabolism. Have a glass of juice made from fresh, green vegetables to reduce inflammation, which can inhibit weight loss. Try and eat fresh meals cooked at home and avoid anything sweet or fried.
Health Tip: Don’t forget to have a pre-workout meal. It will give you the energy boost you need for a high-intensity workout.
3 Weeks to go
Fitness: Along with cardio exercises, include weight training in your fitness routine. The more muscle you have, the faster you will lose weight. This week, start focusing on the body parts you most want to tone. For instance, if you are wearing a sleeveless or a strappy wedding dress then focus on your upper body by doing push-ups and bicep curls. Try practicing yoga - the postures build strength and are great tension relievers as well. You’ll look great, feel better and be less stressed.
Nutrition: No workout is complete without the right nutrition, so make sure you follow your diet strictly. When dining out, opt for baked, steamed or grilled options instead of fried ones. Avoid barbeque sauces and mayonnaise and instead, opt for lemon and herb dressings. Make sure you don’t overeat - divide your meals into five to six small meals a day with a lot of protein in the form of eggs, chicken and sprouts.
Health Tip: You burn the most calories in the first 30 minutes after working out. Plan your workouts right before your biggest meals.
2 Weeks to go
Fitness: Try interval training - it consists of alternating low and high intensity exercises to burn calories quickly. You can also lift weights and eventually increase the weight you carry but continue with the same amount of reps.
Nutrition: Increase your protein intake to its maximum and cut your carbs down to 60gms a day. Never skip your meals as this will only lead to a lower metabolic rate and leave you feeling bloated. Avoid over-indulging in salty snacks at those fabulous pre-wedding parties.
Health Tip: Eat slowly! It takes a while for your brain to receive the signal that you are full. Downsizing your dinnerware may help you consume fewer calories – smaller spoons and plates help prevent you from piling on too much at one meal.
1 Week to go
Fitness: After achieving your desired shape, make sure to maintain it before the big day by keeping yourself active and watching what you eat.
Nutrition: Avoid consuming any sugar. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water and also, green tea - it is a great antioxidant.
Health Tip: Avoid mixing protein and starch as it causes bloating.