We have all heard someone say it at least once in our lives, I want to: "get fit", "lose weight", "get toned", "drop a few pants sizes", etc, etc, etc! What makes it even more stressful is that you want to accomplish some of these goals before your wedding day. There is no need to panic. Anyone can reach their fitness and nutrition goals if they develop a plan and stick too it. These 7 tips are too be considered when you are building a realistic plan to shred before the wedding.
1. Be Conscience Of What You Eat
Easier said than done, right? We've snuck a few Dove Chocolates every now and again. It's just that we need some more motivation from the quotes on the wrapper. You've probably heard this before, but when losing weight, 80% of it is diet and the other 20% is from being physically active.
Once you find a diet that works for you, eating healthy is actually pretty simple. If you aren't able to cook and decide to go out to a restaurant for a meal, be sure to choose a healthier option on the menu. Let's be honest, you don't need to eat a salad every given second, but cut the fries and get a side of veggies. Those little decisions go a long way.
2. Portion Control Is A Cheat Code
Yeah, this is a total life hack. If you are the person that goes out to eat for lunch breaks, this will help you so much. Restaurants will always give you HUGE portions because they want you to get the biggest bang for your buck. Unless it's a fancy 5-star restaurant, they seem to give you a 3 ounce salmon with a piece of mint on top for $40 bucks. Haha.
Our minds are conditioned to eat everything in front of us. Try this instead the next time you order your meal when you're out for lunch. When the server comes to take your order, ask them for a to-go box before your meal comes out. As soon as you get your food, put half of it in the to-go box. This is a great technique because you are not over eating, you will save some money, and have an extra meal for the week.
You can also split a meal with your spouse or friend to help with portion control.
3. Cook Your Calories & Don't Go Out To Eat
If possible, cook or prepare every meal. Even if you can't make it happen every time, try to maximize this as much as you can. Going out to eat is not only expensive, but its extremely difficult to monitor what you are truly putting into your body. Most meals at restaurants are extremely high in calories and fat.
If you were to cook a similar meal at your home, you would be able to get an accurate count of what your body is taking in.
4. Up In The Gym, Just Working On My Fitness
Fergie said it best. Gyms are the perfect place to get in shape and exercise and they've become fairly affordable over the last few years. If you do not know what you're doing in the gym, do what we've tried and stick to the machines only. They will show you exactly how to do the workout. Typically, you just sit and push.
If you are still uncomfortable, most gyms offer personal trainers that will help you properly develop a workout plan for your goals and hold you accountable.
5. Give Local Workout Classes A Chance
Workout classes are so much fun and they are a great way to work out without knowing you are working out! From Zumba, yoga, kick boxing, pilates, etc., there is a perfect class out there for each one of us. You can have goats crawl on your back as you do yoga. Yeah, we are in the future, for sure.
6. Simply, Go For A Walk
Even though this is a low intensity way of getting exercise, you wouldn’t believe how much weight you would lose if you just simply walk every day. Nutritionist will say to at least get 10K steps a day, which is actually a very realistic goal.
If you have a full time job, try to walk around the office, such as going to the bathroom, getting up to get coffee, or go to the printer. If you're allowed, you could also take a ten minute refresher and walk around the building. After work, try to pick a scenic area around your city such as a lake or local park, and take a stroll while enjoying the views.
7. See If One Of These Diets Work For You
When you hear the word diet, most of us cringe a little. Diets aren’t all that bad, especially if you pick the right one for you. Below are a few diet plans that may work for you if you are trying to lose weight for your wedding.
This diet consist of focusing on eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and flavorful herbs, and spices. A couple times a week you should be eating fish and seafood. In moderation, poultry, eggs and cheese, and only saving sweets and red meats for special occasions.
This diet is very specific to your own body type. It consist of counting the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that your body needs. You will need someone to calculate what percentage of each of these your specific body needs. There are a some great calculators you can find on Google. Try KatyHearnFit.com!
This diet consist of consuming a high amount of fats, a normal amount of protein, and very low carbohydrates.
Weight Watchers Diet:
You will actually need to subscribe to this diet plan, but for many people it has really worked. It is a very stress free diet plan that assigns point values to all of the foods that you consume. You are given a specific amount of points for yourself and have to stay within or meet your point goals daily.
This diet is as simple as its name. You will count all of the calories you consume. You will give yourself a set amount of calories that you want to stay within daily and you will need to keep track of what you consume. Try signing up for MyFitnessPal to track your calorie intake.
The paleo diet focuses on eating meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats, and oil. You should try to avoid any processed foods, sugars, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetables oils, margarine, and trans fats.
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