All your plans have been confirmed. Everyone has RSVPed to the party. And you found “the One” that’ll make you feel like the only girl in the world – your wedding dress. Its effect on making you extraordinarily beautiful is unrivaled…until you remember you got it two sizes smaller as motivation to get your ideal figure. You wanted to lose those couple extra pounds and now you have to, lest you walk down the aisle in nothing but the garter and your princess shoes. Good news is that it’s all very doable (given enough time)!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. There is no healthier and more permanent solution than diet and exercise. It takes hard work and is not easy but there are no quick cuts or shortcuts to healthy weight loss. This is the number one important fact, so do not give in to fads: your hard work will pay off in inches lost.
2. Now, weight loss is all about expending more calories than you consume, meaning it’s all about diet. For some people, diet means “die with a t” and endless celery sticks but it’s really just about counting calories. You can eat as many Cheetos and cake as long as you consume “x-number” of calories.
So, how do you determine how many calories you should eat in a day to lose weight? You need to calculate your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) – meaning how many calories you burn just doing what you’re doing per day! Then, the general rule is, subtract 500 calories to lose weight (or add 500 if you want to gain).
Of course, always consult a doctor on your journey of weight loss. Nothing is more important than your health and losing weight should be a healthy transition, not a drastic one.
3. Even though all you need to do to lose weight is to cut some calories, it’s also very important to fulfill your nutritional needs, so that your body functions optimally. You can (as in, no one is stopping you) eat Cheetos and cake to lose weight but it’s not exactly healthy to do so. You also want to get as much out of your calories, so you feel full with healthy food rather than feel hungry all the time. Your body needs macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and it’s generally agreed that the best way to do so is to eat them, not through supplements. It’s best to get a good balance between macronutrients and get all your micronutrients.
4. On to exercise! The most important exercise regimen is one that you will keep doing! With so many varieties of exercise, it shouldn’t be hard to find one that you actually enjoy. The two main camps of exercise are cardiovascular exercise (aerobic) and strength training (anaerobic). Cardio is usually what people choose first when it comes to exercise: run a few miles or swim a few laps. Cardio is great for your heart and lungs, and builds your endurance but it burns surprisingly few calories (you’ll burn more with interval training). Strength training is great for building muscles and strength, and burns more calories than cardio. Choose your goals and match the exercise with what you want to do – it’s great to mix and match to get the best of both worlds. Remember to listen to your body – keeping good form, warming up, and stretching properly will prevent injuries but any pains from your body should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
You want to look your best on your wedding day and you will! For those that want to shed a few pounds before the big day to wear that gown of your dreams, remember that it takes hard work and dedication but it all pays off. Do your research, talk to your doctor, and good luck!