Senin, 12 Desember 2011

Losing Weight Before Your Wedding Day

Every bride wants to look perfect in her wedding dress. Let's face it, you are the center of attention that day so you want to look your best. For some brides, shedding a few pounds is important to them while others look only to maintain their weight.

Some brides will go dress shopping and find the perfect style for them. They decide to buy it a little snug because they know they will be watching their weight and are going to fit into it by the wedding. Sometimes this is all the motivation they need to drop a few pounds or firm up.

If you are planning to slim down before your big day, everything will mostly depend on how far away your wedding is. If you have decided to get married in say 4 months, and need to purchase a dress quickly then you won't have a lot of time to lose weight. I have a few warnings here: Don't try diet pills because they may cause you more harm than good. Diet pills can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system which can raise blood pressure and heart rate and possibly increase the chance of cardiac arrest or heart attack. Starving yourself means entering another dangerous zone. Your body will break down and your metabolism will slow dramatically. You will feel tired and weak, as you are denying your body essential nutrients. You want to look healthy and beautiful on your wedding day don't you?

The best and easiest way to lose weight is to eat high protein meals while cutting carbs, sugar and fat from your diet wherever possible. Attempt a regular schedule of exercise such as walking, running, yoga or aerobics. The recommended calorie intake for a woman watching her weight should be between 1200-1400 and no lower. The definition of basal metabolic rate is the minimum calorie requirement needed to sustain life in a resting individual. Here is how the BMR is calculated for women:

BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )

As mentioned in the beginning of the post, are you considering taking a chance in purchasing a wedding dresses one size smaller, hoping you'll fit into it on your wedding day? This may not be a good idea. It puts pressure on you that could be more damaging than motivating. Why not find the dress you love and ask the seamstress if the dress can be altered should you gain or lose weight.

You need to consider your situation logically - how much weight do you want to lose? It will take about 5-10 weeks to lose 10-lbs depending on your body type. You should always follow a safe and sensible diet plan. The last thing you want to do is quickly lose the weight and put in all back on within weeks of your wedding. This will be disappointing and will add even more stress to your final planning. There are also many wonderful weight loss programs that you can join like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers to name a few.

Remember to stay on track, drink plenty of water, eat healthy with controlled portions and exercise regularly. Most importantly consult your physician before starting any weight loss program. If you stick to this regiment you should be pleased with your results and hopefully these good practices will carry on through years to come.

Diane Lynn Thomas

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