Shedding for the Wedding
Sponsored by Jenny Craig
If you want to go that extra mile to look your best of the big day, it doesn’t mean starving yourself or going without the foods you love. You need a balanced, healthy diet in the weeks leading up to your wedding, so your hair, nails and skin simply glow. When you look good, you feel even better, so follow these basic tips to feel healthy and get into shape.
We know resorting to crash diets is not the answer, and they can even be harmful in the long-run. Instead, fill your fridge with fresh fruit and vegetables, replace soft drink and sweetened fruit juices with water (eight glasses a day!), and introduce high-fibre, low GI foods to fill you up. Start your day with a big breakfast (say, muesli, low-fat yoghurt, and a handful of berries), a medium-sized lunch (poached chicken or tuna on a bed of salad full of greens), and a light, small dinner consisting of chicken or fish and steamed vegetables. Making radical changes to your diet isn’t sustainable, so aim to make a few keys changes per week.
Getting fit and into shape
Exercise is all about increasing your heart-rate, getting oxygen to the lungs, and ultimately speeding up your metabolism. But amid wedding planning, the desire to get fit and healthy may seem too much to handle. Stay motivated by mixing up an exercise program with a few weekly sessions of jogging, swimming or aerobics (combined with a healthy eating plan!) to shift those extra kilos. Yoga and pilates are perfect for strengthening and toning, or a daily walking session with a friend is great way to improve mood and stamina. You can even join a bridal bootcamp where personal trainers can design a program based on your fitness level, weight, and your goals, with weekly weigh-ins and tips on healthy eating.
Don’t go it alone
There’s no shame in needing a little help and encouragement from the experts to guide you through your weight-loss journey. You can even outsource your weight loss, and join Jenny Craig (the team there have been doing it for 30 years!) to take the first step in losing weight and improve your self-esteem. It’s perfect for time-poor people who can get their meals prepared choosing from over 70 meals and snacks.
According to their statistics, 95% of people are trying to lose weight by going it alone, and failing, so it could be as simple as hiring one of their trained consultants to listen, support you and treat you as an individual.
Finally, remember to reward yourself for your efforts with a massage, a bubble bath or unwinding with a DVD.
Stay tuned for next week’s tips on ways to tone up and slim down to fit into your dress.
Contact: Jenny Craig www.jennycraig.com.au or www.jen4men.com.au