The pre wedding diet – How to lose weight the healthy way

That dreaded moment has arrived…you are about to step onto the weighing scales to see how much weight you would like to lose before you even think about hitting the dress shops. Tape measure in hand its time to take note of where you need to trim the edges. Don’t stress future bride’s as long as you have enough time, patience and drive you will succeed in achieving your goal weight in a healthy manner.

 

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Some important points before we start

Crash Diets DO NOT WORK. I cannot emphasise this point enough. You will drastically lose weight but you will just as fast put it back on again and some more when you fall a little off the eating ladder.

The best weigh to drop your weight is by limiting your calorie intake. Write down what you eat daily and the calorie content. You will soon find yourself knowing what foods you should swap out for others.

You need to be doing some form of exercise to really notice the weight loss. Even just walking places rather than driving or taking the stairs instead of the lift…these all add up. 30 minutes 3 times a week at minimum ladies!

If you are hitting the gym as well as eating healthy you should probably opt for the tape measure option to monitor weight loss more so than the scales. The more you work out the more muscle you build up and muscle weighs.

Eat on a smaller plate, this will cut your portion size significantly.

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Water – The beauty of H2o

Initial weight loss is mostly down to loss of water. It is important not to become dehydrated. Dehydration causes low blood volume and will mean that not enough oxygen will be carried to your muscles making you feel tired and sluggish.

Burning calories requires the use of water to function at its best.

Toxins are created when calories are burnt, therefore water is needed to flush these toxins out of your system.

Water maintains muscle tone, aids in muscle contraction and  lubricates joints

Fibre is a huge part of eating healthy. Water is needed to ensure that this is pushed through your system otherwise you will become bloated and constipated.

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So long, farewell, you taste so good but you are so bad!

Nuts are a no no they might have good fats in them but they are high in calories.

Anything with white flour in it. Say goodbye to white pasta, white breads and crackers. Swap all your white foods out for brown foods e.g. brown rice, brown bread. They are so much healthier for you in every way.

Ditch the junk food. This really goes without saying. Realistically allow yourself a treat every once in a while to stay sane though.

Cheese (probably my favourite food) has now been banished from my fridge. Don’t buy it is it too tempting to look at. Its is so high in saturated fat that cutting down on its intake (special occasions only) will make a huge difference to your weight.

Full Fat Dairy products need to be swapped for fat free dairy produce. Eat fat free yoghurts and fromage frais. Their is so little calorie content that you would barely notice. Slimline milk is what you should be taking in your tea or coffee. Absolutely no cream allowed!

Alcohol contains a horrific amount of calories. Unless you are planning to become a pioneer it is necessary to look at which beverages have the lower calorie content. White spirits with cranberry juice, tonic or soda water are the best drinks that you can have. Darker spirits are full of sugar as is wine. Be careful if you are ordering cocktails as a lot of them have sugary syrups and juices in them, read the menu first.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes need to be limited. They are very much just stodge but eating them in small amounts is okay.

Cartons of fruit juice are full of sugar. Check the ingredients before you buy.

Avoid fast food places and that tempting takeaway. The likelihood if you are dieting is that you will end up binging on this yummy but lethal food. Take a step back!

Full fat soft drinks are so full of calories that you are wasting your daily allowed calories on them. Swap for diet versions, or even better drink water!

Jarred sauces have to go. Make your own. The next time that you are in the supermarket just take a look at the ingredients on the label. Added sugars, oils and preservatives are really not what you need right now.

Cut down on the condiments. Mayonnaise is full of fat! Ketchup, bbq sauce, brown sauce, salad cream etc are full of sugar and salt.

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Protein is your new best friend!

Protein is great for your health and something you can eat a lot of when you are dieting. Protein is known to increase metabolism and boost weight loss significantly. Protein is made up of a string of amino acids with leucine being the most important for weight loss. The highest sources of leucine containing foods are animal and dairy.  Cottage cheese, red meat, low fat milk, eggs, pork, fish, chicken, legumes and seeds have the highest content of leucine.

The key is to reduce your carb intake and replace with a high protein low fat diet. Researchers are also suggesting that eating two eggs for breakfast every morning significantly reduces weight loss.

The best vegetables you can eat

So I have been doing some research into the vegetables that are the best for you, that are low carb and you can eat plenty of without worrying!

Kale, Spinach, Brocoli, Brussel Sprouts, Squash, Tomatoes, Asparagus, Green Bell Peppers, Okra, Scallions, Zucchini, Green beans, Cauliflower, Avocado, Lettuce, Artichokes, Cucumbers, Mushroom, Eggplant, Radishes, Onions, Leeks, Celeriac, Turnip,

Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips, Peas, Beetroot and Corn are high carb vegetables. If you are trying to lose weight it is best avoiding them.

So have a look at your diet and start re thinking what you are actually eating. Loose weight slowly but efficiently this way it will stay off. Don’t worry you will look stunning in that wedding dress once you are feeling great about yourself!

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