Amanda Hess of the Washington City Paper writes in her recent article "Why Wedding Weight Loss Isn't About Health" that there's something a little off about a contest People Magazine is sponsoring that pits brides against each other to "get smaller"' for their big day. And I think agree.
Granted, lots of women want to look their best on a day they've dreamed about their whole lives. And there's nothing wrong with that. But there's a good chance the women involved in this competition are going to feel pressure and stress to lose pounds too quickly and they risk gaining it all back as soon as their day passes.
But there ARE ways to improve your quality of life and your overall health to prepare for your big day.
Walk for 20 minutes a day.Â Drink 6 glasses of water each day.Â Eat a healthy filling breakfast every day.Â SLEEP 7-8 hours a night.
And it's better to avoid these habits:
Skipping meals or under-eating.Â Spending all your time at the gym.Â Missing celebrations or events in order to avoid temptation.Â Buying a dress that you have to "fit into" for your wedding day.
If you still think you need to lose as much as possible before you get married, consider this: You are more likely to gain pounds back almost immediately (on the honeymoon!) and have a harder time losing it the next time around if you choose the route of starving yourself and over-exercising.
Focus on making small, manageable, healthy changes. And be forgiving. The day will come and go and you will love it no matter what.