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Shedding for the Wedding: The Do's and Don'ts of Sustainable Weight Loss

Wedding Nutritionist Cara Axelrod Orlan

Weddings are a special occasion that many people want to look their best for. For some, that means losing a few extra pounds before the big day.

But, it’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss.

Looking to shed for the dream wedding day? Our approach focuses on more than just temporary transformations. We prioritize moving away from diet culture and instead guide you towards a healthier lifestyle that will extend far beyond your wedding date.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind if you are considering losing weight before your wedding.

Shedding for the wedding

Do: Start Early

If you’re considering losing weight before your wedding, it’s important to start early. Crash diets and extreme exercise regimes are not only ineffective, but they can also be harmful to your health. Give yourself plenty of time to make sustainable changes to your lifestyle, including diet and exercise.

Don’t: Set Unrealistic Goals

It’s important to have a goal in mind when you’re trying to lose weight. However, setting unrealistic goals can set you up for failure. Be realistic about the amount of weight you want to lose and give yourself enough time to achieve your goal.

Do: Focus on Nutrition

When trying to lose weight, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest fad diet or trendy weight loss program. However, the most effective way to lose weight is to focus on nutrition. Eating a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is the key to sustainable weight loss.

Don’t: Skip Meals

Skipping meals is not an effective way to lose weight. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. When you skip meals, your body goes into starvation mode and holds onto the calories it has stored, making it harder to lose weight. Instead of skipping meals, focus on eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.

Do: Incorporate Exercise

Exercise is an important part of any weight loss plan. It not only helps you burn calories but also improves your overall health and wellbeing. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine, whether it’s through a structured workout program or simply taking a walk every day.

Don’t: Overdo It

While exercise is important, it’s important not to overdo it. Over-exercising can lead to injury and burnout, which can ultimately derail your weight loss efforts. Listen to your body and give yourself rest days to recover.

Do: Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is often overlooked when it comes to weight loss, but it’s essential for your overall health and wellbeing. Getting enough sleep can help regulate your metabolism and reduce your appetite, making it easier to lose weight.

Don’t: Obsess Over the Scale

While it’s important to track your progress, it’s equally important not to obsess over the scale. Your weight can fluctuate from day to day, and it’s not always an accurate measure of your progress. Instead, focus on how you feel and how your clothes fit.

In conclusion, losing weight before your wedding can be a healthy and positive goal, but it’s important to approach it in a healthy and sustainable way. By focusing on nutrition, exercise, and self-care, you can achieve your weight loss goals and feel confident and beautiful on your big day.

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