3 Reasons Not to Go on a Diet Before Your Wedding

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Everyone wants to look his or her very best on the big wedding day, and it’s understandable. You will have several people taking photographs of you throughout the evening and you want to make sure that you love every single one of them. Unfortunately, knowing that we’re going to be photographed heavily tends to bring out some of our worst insecurities (such as things like: “I have to wear a shawl because I hate my arms,” “I need to make sure I suck in because I don’t want to look like my tummy is too big,” or “I don’t like the way my back looks in strapless dresses.”).

Some brides—and yes, some grooms—will use their weddings as an excuse to go on crash diets. Before the big day, they’ll heavily change their eating and exercise habits in order to fit into a smaller dress sizes or simply to make sure they don’t dislike any of their wedding photographs. You’ll even see hashtags like #fitbride or #eatliftandbemarried on Instagram from engaged social media users who are trying to lose weight before their wedding day. While of course there’s nothing wrong with trying to get healthier and exercise more, you shouldn’t feel like you have to completely change your body just because you got engaged.

Although there’s certainly a lot of pressure for brides and grooms to look like their absolute “best self” on their wedding day, you shouldn’t feel like you have to change everything about yourself before you tie the knot. If you’re a bride or a groom who is currently researching about wedding diets, here are a few reasons why you should reconsider.

1. Diets Never Work

Many have said this before, but it’s worth saying again: diets just don’t work. Sure, they might work for as long as you keep up with it, but as soon as you change your eating habits from a strict, regimented approach, the weight will slowly start to come back.

Not only do diets not work, but they also can make you extremely irritable and even anxious, which is not an ideal situation when you’re trying to plan a large event for your friends and family.

The best course of action if you would like to lose a little bit of weight is to implement more healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and lean meats. Avoid eating too many sugary or salty foods and avoid drinks with high levels of sugar like sodas or juices.

If you’re really serious about dropping weight before your wedding, then you need to be prepared to start changing your eating habits well ahead of your wedding date so that you don’t get tempted to try some crazy fad diet that isn’t healthy.

2. Diets Can be Stressful

Wedding planning is stressful enough, so why add one more thing in? Fad diets typically mean a lot of calorie or “point” counting and a lot of food preparation and shopping. When you’re already busy planning one of the most eventful days of your life, adding one more thing to the mix can be overwhelming.

When you’re trying to lose weight through a stringent diet, it’ll likely have its ups and downs, which can just contribute to the already mounting stress that you might go through during the various stages of wedding planning.

3. Your Partner Loves You the Way You Are

Even though you might have the desire to lose weight before your wedding day, remember that your partner asked or agreed to marry you just as you are right now. So even though you might feel insecure about the way that you look (or about certain body parts), your partner is attracted to you and loves the way that you look.

Your body is ultimately yours to change at the end of the day, but just keep in mind that any loving partner wouldn’t encourage you to drastically change the way you look just because you’re getting married.

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If You Do Decide to Get Healthy, Do it the Right Way

Going on an extremely strict fad diet isn’t the key to getting healthy. If you would like to lose a little bit of weight to make you feel more confident on your wedding day, there’s nothing wrong with that but just be sure that you’re going about it the right way.

Eat good, home cooked meals that have real ingredients like vegetables, lean meats, and grains. Cooking mostly at home ensures that you know exactly what’s in your meal and controlling the amount of salt or fat that’s in the ingredients.

Implementing regular exercise into your routine is also a key to getting healthy and in shape before your wedding day. Again, don’t go overboard, but going to the gym regularly is of course never going to hurt anyone. And if you need some encouragement, don’t be afraid to ask your partner to participate with you.

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