Working as personal trainer, one of the most common questions I come across is ‘should I lose weight before my wedding?’. The truth is, there’s no right or wrong answer to this, and I believe that it depends on your reasons for losing weight before the big day. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly – but if you are ready to kick-start a new fitness routine and healthy lifestyle before saying ‘I do’, then I’m here to help.
There’s a lot of information out there, and it can be confusing; so many different diets and conflicting opinions – it’s a minefield! The most important thing any bride-or-groom-to-be can do is start their weight loss early; there’s no quick fix, and when you’re dealing with all the other stresses that come with planning a wedding the last thing you want is to embark on a fad diet that does you more harm than good.
A properly planned out wedding fitness plan can help you to feel confident and body positive; your ultimate goal should be to feel happy and confident in your own skin. So, for anyone seeking advice on pre-wedding weight loss here are my top five tips…
- No crash dieting
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – fad diets are never the way to go. Yes, you might lose a lot of weight, but the results will often be extreme muscle and water loss which can leave you feeling awful and looking drawn and tired on the big day.
- Total body workouts
There’s a lot of advice out there which says brides and grooms should focus on the areas that will be visible on the big day – upper body for men, and triceps and shoulders for women. The truth is that you’ll benefit much more from a full-body workout which helps you to shift body fat all over and fires up your metabolism so you keep burning calories long after working out.
- Leave yourself enough time
I would always advise starting around 12 weeks before your wedding; this leaves you enough time to achieve the results you want, without having to resort to any extreme measures.
- Eat the right numbers
If weight loss is the goal, you’ll need to maintain a calorie deficit until the wedding day (but hen and stag dos get a hall pass)! For consistent weight loss, dropping 20% of your calories on a rest day and 10% on a training day is usually enough to see results.
5.HIIT is your friend
One of the most popular forms of exercise, HIIT workouts are easy to fit into even the busiest of schedules, and can help to boost your metabolism and aid weight loss and muscle gain.
Whatever your goals are, we can work together to create a nutrition and fitness plan that works for you and ensures that you look and feel your best on the big day! Just get in touch to arrange a consultation and see what we can do in the run up to your wedding.