Have the healthiest pre-wedding diet possible with these fab tips, and you’re sure to look and feel your best in time for the big day!
It’s one of the most important days of your life and with all eyes on you, it’s not surprising that many brides-to-be want to look their very best on their wedding day. Whether you’re trying to drop a couple of pounds ahead of that final wedding dress fitting or just want to feel as happy and confident as possible on the day itself, embarking on a pre-wedding diet is part of many people’s wedding preparations. So, what can you do to ensure you lose those stubborn final pounds without depriving yourself in the run up to the big day, or embarking on complicated regimes?
To help, diet expert Terri Ann Nunns, the founder of Terri Ann’s Diet Plans, has shared her top five tips for brides looking to lose weight before their wedding.
Ditch the detoxes
Our Instagram feeds are now full of celebrities and influencers promoting a variety of teas, pills and appetite suppressing lollipops – all promising that they’re the products that help us lose weight quickly and easily. A key feature of these diets is eating very little and replacing meals with drinks. Drinks such as protein shakes can be a great way to fuel workouts or as a quick breakfast, but replacing all meals with teas and shakes is unhealthy and unsustainable in the long term, with many of these products also having quite dangerous side effects. You don’t want to be poorly on your wedding day, so ditch the detox regimes for a healthy eating and workout plan.
Stock up on snacks
We’ve all been told from a young age that snacking is bad for you as it can ruin your appetite and spoil your meals but actually, snacking can be a really great way to keep you on track and focused on your weight loss goals. If you ensure the snacks you eat are healthy and reasonably low-calorie, they can provide your body with a steady flow of energy throughout the day, helping keep cravings at bay and reducing the chance of binging when it comes to dinner time. As a general rule, try to stick to snacks of around 100 calories – a pot of yoghurt, small bag of popcorn or a large boiled egg are all good options.
Up your protein – but don’t forget the carbs
If you’re looking to lose weight but struggling with hunger pangs then including more protein in your diet could be the key to success. A higher intake of protein can help suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin in your body, helping you to feel fuller for longer, as well as requiring more energy to break down in your stomach, which can give your metabolism an added boost. But with all this extra protein, don’t swear off the carbs completely. Focus on getting more complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa and sweet potatoes into your diet. These all release their sugars into your body slowly, helping avoid that carb crash we all know so well!
Prep for success
When it comes to your health and fitness goals, a lack of preparation is one of the most likely things to make you fall off the healthy eating wagon. After a long and stressful day at work, or a busy weekend full of plans, it becomes much easier to reach for your favourite takeaway menu than it does to prepare a healthy meal from scratch. To ensure weight loss success ahead of your big day, I’d highly recommend batch cooking on a Sunday and prepping all your meals for the week ahead in advance. It’s easy to do, can save you money (useful for those last-minute wedding additions!) and will make it much easier to avoid temptation. Try a veg packed chilli, Bolognese or healthy curry and freeze any leftovers.
Watch out for hidden calories
Calorie counting is one of the best ways to lose weight, but don’t forget about the hidden calories in drinks and sauces, which often get forgotten. If your calorie intake is higher than you realise because of the number of calories in condiments – you may find you’re not in as much of a calorie deficit as you need to be to lose weight. This can result in weight maintenance or weight gain, as opposed to a loss. This doesn’t mean you have to swear off the condiments completely. Look for healthy swaps you can make – looking for low fat and low sugar options that don’t compromise on taste.
For more information about Terri Ann’s Diet Plans, visit terriannsdietplans.co.uk today!
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