Look your best in your wedding dress

Fitness expert gives 10 simple weight loss and exercise tips for brides-to-be

With the bridal season right around the corner, brides-to-be everywhere are stressed out with the last-minute arrangements of the who, what, where, and when of their upcoming weddings. But even while busy planning a wedding, it’s easy for a bride-to-be to ensure that she will be a woman of splendid, sculpted beauty on her wedding day.

Fitness expert and author James Villepigue offers these simple, easy-to-follow weight-loss and exercise tips for brides-to-be. Villegpigue is co-author of the bestselling Body Sculpting Bible for Women (Hatherleigh Press, $17.95).

Make a vow look great

It’s your big day. You want to look your best. Every day leading up to the big day will be stressful in one way or another. Make your commitment to be healthy and fit on your wedding day. Adopt a plan of action that is easy to follow, that is sensible, and that allows for your busy schedule.

Say ‘I do’ to a reasonable weight loss goal

Most weight loss programs fail because we set our goals unrealistically. Safely, you should expect a weight loss of one to two pounds per week. So a goal of 16 pounds of weight lost in eight weeks is appropriate. Anything more, and you are setting yourself up for frustration and failure.

Avoid get-thin-quick products

If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Fad diets and “fat-burning” diet pills can be dangerous to your health. Electronic ab stimulators and other home exercise inventions that promise results without effort are just marketing gimmicks. Save your money for your honeymoon.

Practice walking down the aisle

Choose to be active every day. As little as 15 minutes of walking will burn excess calories. What’s more, that time is for you. Use it to relax, to meditate, to escape the stresses of these final days.

Hit the weights, not the wall

Include at least two to three days per week of light weight training with dumbbells. Choose eight to 10 exercises and do at least eight to 12 repetitions per exercise. One set is enough, especially if time is precious. The best exercises include biceps curls, triceps extensions, lateral raises, rows, lunges, squats, crunches and hyperextensions.

Can the soda, save the calories

Sugar-rich soda adds useless calories to your diet. Just drinking water rather than soda can reduce your calories by as much as 300-500 calories per day. That’s a pound of fat weight per week that you can lose effortlessly.

Eat often to stay energized

Plan to eat at least five times a day to stay energized (three meals and two snacks). Fill your home with healthy foods, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure you don’t skip breakfast—it is one of the most important meals of the day. Follow the food pyramid for balance and variety. Avoid excess calories from junk foods like chips, donuts, and sweets.

Stretch to de-stress

Gentle stretching of your muscles is a great way to combat wedding stress. Spend 10 minutes in the morning attending to easy stretching of the major muscles. Take a yoga class once or twice a week to learn the basics. Invite your maid-of-honor along, too! An exercise partner will help you stay on track.

Get Mom (and Dad) involved

Share your commitment to health with your Mom and Dad. It is a time of change and stress for them as well. They, too, can benefit from being more active and eating sensibly. Why not take them with you on your walks? Spend that time with them wisely. It is a precious gift.

Do it for the health of your marriage

Bring your commitment into your marriage by encouraging your husband-to-be to share in your efforts to maintain a healthy weight and to be active. The health benefits are enormous: increased longevity, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of diabetes, and reduced risk of cancer, just to name a few. You can look ahead to a vital, active, and healthy partnership in the years to come.

James Villepigue is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and nationally recognized authority on health and exercise. He resides in the New York City area.

Villepigue is the co-author of the best-selling books The Body Sculpting Bible for Women and The Body Sculpting Bible for Men, as well as the author of the new Body Sculpting Bible: Swimsuit Workout Women’s Edition and Men’s Edition.

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