Getting In Shape Before A Wedding
So he asked you and you said yes! That’s great news! Congratulations! And what else? You’ve already set a date?! How exciting!
You have to plan your wedding, send out the invitations, mark it on your calendar and get your dress – but there’s still one more thing you want to do.
You want to get in shape for your wedding!
Your wedding is your big magical day where everyone will be looking at YOU in YOUR beautiful white wedding dress walking gracefully down the aisle as the music softly plays in the background. The photographer is snapping photo after photo, capturing every everlasting moment to be treasured for the years to come.
So how horrible would it be to see your wedding pictures from that magical day, only to see that you have an uncomfortable amount of arm fat hanging there like a wind sock on your arm, and that your waist is should width? Imagine looking at your wedding pictures and remembering that five years ago, you didn’t have a double chin but in THESE pictures, you do. Imagine looking at the treasured memories of that wondrous evening, the picture of you and your new husband kissing as a silhouette against the sunset, only to see that your stomach is pooched out a bit more than you’d like – some people may actually think you were pregnant – and now that’s immortalized in your memories forever.
Can you imagine anything worse?
How to look HOT for your wedding
You want to look at those wedding pictures and think to yourself, “Damn! That was the best day of my life and I LOOKED the best I’ve ever looked in my life too!” You’re going to want that defined feminine jawline. You want those collar bones visible and your stomach effortlessly flat. You’ll want the curves of your bubbly butt visible from your nicely picked wedding dress as you walk delicately down the aisle. You want defined arms, smooth skin, and damn it – you want people to be jealous. This is YOUR moment.
People can get in shape at all kinds of paces. It can either be slow and moderate over the period of months or a year or it can be fast over the course of a few weeks. For best results, you’ll want to start getting in shape at least 6 months to a year before your wedding. This gives you plenty of time.
What to know to get in shape for your wedding
This guide will be assuming the following:
- You have at least 6 months to a year before your wedding day.
- You do not need to lose more than 60 pounds.
Let’s be clear about this. Losing 60 pounds is a LOT of weight so it will definitely take some time. However, that doesn’t mean that losing 15 pounds will be too much easier. Keep in mind, the closer you get to your goal, the harder it will be to shed those last few pounds.
You’ll need to start NOW and then stay consistent until your wedding day.
What to do to get in shape for your wedding
This will be broken up into four sections: what to eat, what NOT to eat and what workouts/exercises to do.
What to Eat
- Vegetables. You’ll NEED at least two full servings of vegetables every day. This includes, salads, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, squash – you get the idea. Ideally, you’ll want vegetables to be HALF of your diet. That means HALF of everything you ingest between breakfast and dinner and everything in between needs to be vegetables. You can never have too many vegetables. Ever.
- Protein. This comes in the form of meat like steak, chicken, pork or fish OR beans and nuts. Protein needs to be about a quarter of your entire diet.
- Carbs. Bread, pasta and potato-based foods. Yes, we all know you love your carbs but chances are you’re overdoing it. This should be the last remaining quarter of your entire diet.
- Sugar. Just to keep you sane, you’re allowed 1 serving of sugary foods like a mini candy bar or a small mini muffin every day.
What NOT to Eat
- Ranch dressing. DO NOT PUT RANCH DRESSING ON YOUR SALAD. I cannot stress this enough. Ranch dressing is full of empty calories and it completely defeats the purpose of a salad. It may taste good, sure, but it will be the poison of your efforts. Avoid ranch dressing until your wedding day.
- Fried foods. This will be a difficult one because fried foods are everywhere. Fried chicken, french fries, fried shrimp – anything fried. Cut that out until your wedding day. If you see it, pass it by.
- Sodas and fruit juices. No more sodas until your wedding day. Too much sugar. Fruit juices like orange juice, grape juice, cranberry juice – though they may have vitamins, it simply contains way too much sugar to be considered healthy.
- Beer. If you’re a beer drinker, this will be difficult. No more beer until the wedding. If you want to get a drink, go for hard alcohol. Shots. Don’t do mixed drinks either because most mixed drinks contain a significant amount of sugar.
- Fast food. This should be a no-brainer but it’s worth mentioning. Pizza, hamburgers, fries, onion rings – things like that. Hold off until the wedding.
Workouts and Exercises
If you follow the aforementioned general guideline for food, the results of your exercises and workouts will be very effective.
Work out 3 to 4 times every week. This means go to the gym, go on a run, be active.
When you’re at the gym, you need to LIFT WEIGHTS in order to lose fat and get in shape. Don’t spend 2 hours on the treadmill. Never do that. Ever. Did you know that building muscle burns fat? You didn’t? Well now you do.
- bench pressing
- pull ups
- overhead raises
- leg lifts.
If you don’t have access to a gym, you can do the following at home:
- Push ups
- Wall sits
- Leg raises
- Run for 20 mins outside
Make sure you work out for at LEAST 40 minutes every workout day. If you work out 40 minutes every workout day and you’re only required to work out 3 to 4 times per week, you’re looking at a total of 2 to 3 hours of exercise spread out every week. You can do that!
How to stay fit for the wedding
If you stick to this guide WITHOUT BREAKING ANY RULES, you will lose weight and get in shape before your wedding. It is very possible to lose 60 pounds in a year with this simple regimen.
Just remember – you’re doing this for the pictures, the eyes looking at you, your husband seeing you from across the aisle and the memories. Most importantly, you’re doing this for yourself. Don’t sell yourself short just because you want to indulge in a cheat meals and junk food before the wedding – you have your entire marriage to do that 😉
(don’t do that either but still)