By Wedding Blog Contributor, Samantha Crotty
It has been done for decades now, brides-to-be are concerned with what they will look like on their big day. They instantly become body conscious, worrying about their hair, their skin, and most importantly their weight. Every bride that I have known felt as though they needed to lose that extra 5-10 pounds in order to look stunning on their wedding day. But for most of them, they took dieting the wrong way. Some think that following the trend diets will work, others will detox, and some will even limit what they eat daily to the utmost minimum. Brides-to-be this is not the right way to go about losing weight!
I did some research, and found diets that really DO work, some that say they work, and a lot that are bogus and incredibly UNHEALTHY.
In 2007, Forbes published an article titled Ten Diets That Work about fad diets that actually live up to its promises. A follow up article was investigated later that year by CBS news.
According to them both, the highly rated and weight-loss worthy programs are the following:
1. Nutri-System delivers prepackaged, low-glycemic meals to clients
2. Weight Watchers weekly meetings and weigh-ins provide support and motivation
3. Jenny Craig based on weekly one-on-one meetings and prepackaged food
4. Volumetrics has dieters fill up on ‘low-density’ foods like fruits and vegetables and consume a low-fat soup or salad before every meal to take the edge off
5. Slim Fast uses replacement shakes and bars for meals that are easy to find at any grocery store. Studies have shown above average long-term weight loss
After some research, I came across five diets that do not work and are known as some of the worst diets to go on. Which in and of it self says a lot.
1. Diets that focus on only a few foods or food groups. These includes the Grapefruit diet, the raw food diet, and low-calorie diets.
2. Detox diets like Master Cleanse, the Hallelujah Diet, and The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox.
3. Diets with “miracle” foods or ingredients like supplements, fructose water, green tea, and orange bitter.
4. Fasting and very low calorie diets like the “Skinny” vegan diet, and the Hollywood diet.
5. Diets that sound to good to be true. The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ don’t Want You To Know About is a prime example.
Some dieters, if not seeing the results they want, will venture into using diet pills — a big no no. The ads we see on the Internet, on television, say that you will see great results (30 pounds in 30 days). Though some pills will help you shed a few pounds, the side effects should be the biggest turn-off. Different diet pills contain different ingredients, which cause multiple side effects. Pills that are fat blockers remove excess fat from the intestines, which can cause cramping, gas and diarrhea. Appetite suppressants, like Meridia, stimulate the nervous system which can cause a raise in blood pressure and heart rate.
When choosing your diet plan, just remember to keep two things in mind: (1) Starving yourself is not the answer, your body needs protein, fruits, vegetables and nutrients. Not eating or limiting your calorie intake will not help. (2) Exercising is key to any diet. If you want to lose weight or tone up you have got to hit the gym, or with simply jump online and take a look at some exercise videos on YouTube. Be smart about dieting! Just because you want to drop a few pounds before the big day, your body is what will suffer if you do it the wrong way.
In my personal opinion, the best way to lose weight for your wedding and stay healthy is to simply watch what you eat, cut out sweets (like chocolate, brownies, candy, ice cream, and anything with a substantial amount of sugar), exercise, and eat more than 3 meals a day. Set up an exercise timeline a month or two before your wedding date and begin to monitor your food intake. You should see results in no time. For that extra “push” of motivation, consider a hiring a personal trainer or nutritionist to create an exercise and diet plan that’s right for you.
What other diet fads are out there that work? Let me know here on the wedding blog what you think is the best and safest way to lose weight before the big day.
Samantha Crotty is the social media intern with Perfect Wedding Guide. She is a senior majoring in Communication/Print Media and Art at Western Carolina University. After a successful weekly workout, she likes to reward herself with a Skinny Cow Fudge Popsicle.