The wedding day stress of having all eyes on you can lead to crash diets and crazy workout sessions. Don’t fall into the diet myths and fitness pitfalls. Of course, you want to look and feel your best, but don’t let that come at the price of actually gaining weight in the end. Looking and feeling great doesn’t happen overnight. There’s a million fad diets and tricks to that claim you can lose 20 pounds in a week. Yes, you can lose a few pounds in a few days, but those pounds won’t stay off and you certainly won’t be feeling your best. Start slow and stay steady on your journey to a better you, and by your wedding day you’ll look and feel your best.
Low Fat In Bulk Isn’t Low Fat
Cutting back on fat is great, but it isn’t the “go to” diet that will help you keep off the pounds. Don’t you remember the Snackwell fad back a few decades ago that had people scarfing down boxes of low fat cookies? Of course, the cookies are low in fat, but eating 20 of them isn’t going to help your bottom line. Cutting fat means watching the sugar and other additives put in to make things low fat still taste good. Calories are still calories so even though your food might not be stuffed with fat, eating a large amount of that no fat food still stuffs your body with extra calories. Read the label so you know exactly what you are putting in your body.
Don’t Go Gym Crazy
You may feel the need to just go crazy with your workout a month before the wedding. Going from zero to hero on the treadmill might not be the best trick. You can spend hours at the gym sweating and feeling great, but it won’t do any good if you burn out. That first week you might feel pumped and ready to rule the world with your workout. If your body isn’t used to the burn, by week three you might be clinging to your bed instead of the elliptical. Let your workout build over time. Slowly start working out months before your wedding and you’ll notice your body will be able to do more and more over time. One day you’ll look down at the treadmill and realize you’ve been jogging two miles without a fuss. You’ll also notice results each week instead of trying to cram in a whole new body in a month. Remember slow and steady wins the race.
Gluten Isn’t The Mean Protein
Going gluten free is the big trend in weight loss right now. Gluten is a protein found in rye, barley, and wheat. Unless you’re truly allergic to gluten, the stuff isn’t really that bad. Wheat has nutrients that your body craves. If you cut out all gluten, you may lead your body to crash and inhale all the gluten you can find in one sitting. If you do choose to go gluten free, make sure to read the label ensuring it has B vitamins and folate.
Low Carb Madness
The low carb diet swept the nation back in the late 90s. Everyone loved the fact they could cut out all carbohydrates and melt away fat. The problem was that once they picked up a roll at dinner one night, the whole jig was up. Their body actually craved these carbs and wanted more and more. This often lead to more weight gain. Not only does the body crave carbs, without them your energy dips leaving you staring at the wall instead of taking a jog to continue the fitness journey. Going low on carbohydrates must be a lifestyle choice so if you’re going to do it, you need to do it over a long period of time under a doctor’s supervision. Bread and pasta isn’t the devil if you’re going to use energy and work it off the next day. Eating a diet high in protein is great for your body, if and only if, you make sure you’re getting all the needed nutrients. Fad diets are just that, a fad. They come and go. You don’t want your extra weight to come and go.
The Liquid Fun of Cleanses and Detox Juices
Cleanses sound like a quick way to lose weight, but don’t expect the effects to last a long time. Not only do cleanses offer a short lived weight loss, they are tough on your body. Imagine being hungry to the point of sickness and anger. You only get to drink liquids on most of the detoxes so your body is screaming for some good, solid food. You may spend lots of time on the toilet as your body rids of the toxins which won’t be a fun time either. If you do choose to put yourself through the tough time of cleansing, make sure you know what is exactly in the fluids. Many of the detox juices are filled with sugar and carbohydrates. Your body needs protein during this time so make sure you aren’t just indulging in liquids packed with sugar instead of things that are actually good for your body.