{Do's and Don'ts} Sweating for your Wedding

Sweating for your Wedding

Tips from a certified personal trainer

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We’ve allllllllllllllllllllllllll been there, we have a huge event coming up and need to look our best… but can’t seem to get it together. The pressure is ON, you whip out every dieting tip and trick you’ve ever heard of, and you hit the gym 6x a week to “work off” the calories you “indulged” in during the day. Let me stop you right there- I am here to save the {wedding} day!

I am a bridal consultant, but I also am a certified personal trainer. The entire reason my love for fitness was sparked in the first place was because I realized through working in this industry how many women hate their bodies and don’t know how to get themselves out of the hole they have dug. The good news is, your fiance loves you regardless of your weight {otherwise he wouldn’t have proposed!!} but I think we can all relate to wanting to look our personal best, and a lot of the times that means losing a pound… or two… or ten. No shame in your weight loss game. Without further ado… the do’s and don'ts of losing weight for your wedding.


Do-

…. seek help professionally. There is no shame in hiring a personal trainer to help you reach your goals. Not only are they trained professionals that can get you to whatever desired outcome you want to achieve, but they also will do so in a way that challenges you and progresses you safely. Group training is also a great {and cheaper} option! The commitment to schedule a time frame either with a personal trainer or for a group class will help you actually follow through.

Don’t-

…..do cardio for 60 minutes straight 6 days a week. Cardio is great, there is no questioning that. For weight loss though, no beuno! Your body adapts quickly to cardio, and the only way to progress is through incline or speed. Now, think about it… is it worth it to run on the treadmill at full speed at a 12 incline for 60 minutes? I think not. Which brings me to my next point…


Do-

… LIFT WEIGHTS. Resistance training burns more calories than running at a steady state. Also, when you build muscle your body is burning more calories during the day. Win-win. I wouldn’t recommend cutting cardio cold turkey, but I would recommend incorporating weight lifting into your cardio routine with a focus more on weight lifting. MYTH: lifting weights will make you “bulky”. TRUTH: lifting heavy weights, while eating in a strategic surplus constantly for MONTHS will make you gain weight and muscle which may appear bulky. { V important, needed to address.}

Don’t-

… follow a cliche diet just because your third cousin told you she lost 30 pounds doing so. The only “diet” that works is putting yourself in a caloric deficit. Which means eating less than what what you burn in a given day {this includes more than just the calories you have burned working out, but also the calories your body needs to function on a daily basis}. Just to give you a number to work with- most moderately active women need about 2,000 calories per day. This is tricky, because you don’t want to under fuel yourself- you could see a weight gain if done so improperly. But, this is just some basic knowledge that not a lot of people talk enough about. Also, keep in mind what worked for your third cousin may not work for you. Everybody is different, and has a different level of energy expenditure in a day.


Do-

… STAY consistent. Whatever you choose to do, if you are not doing it consistently you will not see results. Just think, you didn’t get to where you are now overnight. So don’t expect to lose 10 pounds in a week. Stay consistent, and the work will pay off.

Don’t-

… set unrealistic goals. Piggybacking off of what I just said above… Rome wasn’t built in a day! A realistic weight loss goal in order to maintain your lean muscle mass would be about 1-2 pounds per week. If you lose more, not the end of the world, but don’t expect to be down 10 pounds a week.


Do-

… order your wedding gown according to what size you are NOW. We totally understand you want to lose weight, every bride usually does. But, we have to keep in mind that wedding gowns can realistically only be taken OUT an inch or so depending on the designer. You can ALWAYS make a gown smaller, we just can’t make it bigger. So, the safest option is to always order bigger. It will give you piece of mind that if you don’t lose the weight, no biggie!

Don’t-

… stress yourself out over it. Your weight doesn't determine your worth. You are loved no matter your size, and you are going to look BOMB in your wedding gown!

WHEW! That was a mouthful. I hope you all took notes. Just kidding, but I hope you took a thing or two away! Remember, at the end of the day you are marrying the love of your life who loves you no matter what & the rest is history.

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