SIX MONTHS FROM THE BIG DAY
If you have 10 pounds or 100 pounds to lose, start now.
Incorporate cardio and weight training into your workouts. Doing cardio three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes will help you blast fat. Weight training, especially for your arms and shoulders will help you look lean and sleek. Great for those strapless dresses!
Foods to eat:
Cut out processed foods and load up on low-cal, high fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Not only will they help you lose weight, they'll also help your skin look fantastic because they're antioxidant-packed. Also, now is the time to start eating breakfast if you're a breakfast skipper! It will keep you energized for workouts, wedding planning, and will keep your blood sugar level so you don't overindulge and pack on more weight.
Oatmeal with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and dash of cinnamon
Banana smoothie with almond milk to help fill you up
Scrambled eggs (whole eggs, not egg whites) wrapped in a whole grain wrap with a little low fat cheese and salsa
THREE MONTHS FROM THE BIG DAY
Intensify your workout!
This is when crunch time hits for many brides and they start stress-eating. If you're a sweet snacker, swap your late night ice cream or cookie snack with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. If you're a salty or crunchy snacker, try jicama sticks with salsa.
Three months before brides start dining out because they are too busy to cook. Avoid dinning out! You'll save money and it is healthier to cook your own food.
24 HOURS FROM THE BIG DAY - Last Minute "Do's" and "Don'ts"
1. Avoid all carbonated drinks and stick to plain water as your main beverage. Add fresh citrus juice or cucumber slices to liven it up. Chill out on booze until your big event. Alcohol can make you retain water and give you that swollen feeling.
2. Skip beans, legumes (including soy products), and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, especially raw. Also, cereals with mega amounts of fiber-look for ingredients like chicory root fiber or psyllium husks--may have the same effect. While very healthy for you, they often create a lot of gas, which can lead to a puffy stomach and sabotage your silhouette.
3. Cut out all fried, processed, and canned foods. The sodium content in these foods can make you retain water and feel bloated. It's smart to limit bread, wraps, and muffins for the same reason. At lunch and dinner, stick to plain grilled chicken or seafood, plus steamed vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and asparagus.
4. Include these bloat-busting foods in your diet: cucumber, watercress, artichoke, asparagus, and celery. Cucumber has caffeic acid, which helps fight swelling; celery helps balance your electrolytes, and watercress, artichoke, and asparagus are all natural diuretics.
5. Avoid drinking through a straw or chewing gum-both of these can cause you to swallow air, which creates gas in your stomach.
6. If you have any last minute bloating, try a cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint helps relax the stomach and alleviate gassiness.
7. You should avoid anything that will stain your teeth like coffee, red wine, black tea, dark berries, dark chocolate and cranberry juice.