My friend Roberta from Your Weight Your Life is Guest Blogging with great advice how to lose weight before your upcoming wedding. I didn’t ask her to guest blog because I think every bride has to be stick thin, I asked her because I know so many brides go to extreme measures to shed weight before the big day. This is unnecessary and unhealthy! Roberta’s program is all about changing your lifestyle and I just love her personal story. Roberta lost 65 pounds several years ago and has keep it off with healthy eating and exercise, now she owns her own business and helps other people reach their weight loss goals. This is a before and after of her…
How to Lose Weight for Your Wedding and for Life
Getting married is one of the happiest days of your life, however it is also the biggest planning, coordinating and organizational craziness a women could ever undertake. Location, invitations, catering, guests, etc. If that’s not enough to worry about, there is the dress.
Ah yes, the “most beautiful”, “incredibility expensive”, “wear once in your lifetime” dress. You try on dresses where the sales associate clips you in as tight as possible and you go from store to store making sure you find that special one that makes you cry.
Now you’ve found it. OK, time to order the dress. The sales associate then asks you that dreaded question. “What size do you want to order”? You know your current size, but wait, you plan on losing 20 pounds before the wedding so what size would you be then? What if you don’t lose all the weight and buy the wrong size? What if you can’t fit into your dress on your wedding day?? Oh, the drama of it all!!!!
OK, maybe this is a bit exaggerated but realistically most women do strive to lose some weight before their wedding. Usually they have 6 months to a year before the main event so losing a good amount of weight is definitely possible, but as a weight loss coach I’m here to make sure you don’t spend all that time and effort losing the weight, only to gain it back after the wedding is over. Wouldn’t it be nice to lose that weight and keep it off for good?
You can, but not by going on a diet. If you want to have permanent weight loss success you need to make a lifestyle change. This requires changing your eating habits in such a fashion that you not only lose the weight, but keep it off in the long term.
This doesn’t mean starving yourself, cutting out all the foods you love, or eating someone else’s pre-made food. It means understanding how the body processes food and how that food affects your weight and health. So where do you start?
First of all, you need to eat! Most women who diet will wind up not eating enough food. How can that be possible? Think of your metabolism as a fire. If you don’t add fuel to a fire it will burn out. The same applies to your body. The body needs fuel to burn fat. That fuel is food. If you don’t feed your body enough food throughout the day it can’t burn fat.
So how many calories do you need to consume to lose weight? That varies with everyone, which is why the calculations below are so important. Bare with me on this because it may seem a bit complicated, but I promise it’s not. I do this for every one of my clients and it’s right on the money.
- First you need to calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). The BMR formula uses your height, weight, age and gender to calculate the number of calories you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day. I know, I know, sounds crazy. Stay with me here.
- You then take that number and use what is known as the Harris Benedict Equation which uses your BMR and then applies your level of activity to determine the total number of calories you need to maintain your current weight,
- You’re almost there. Now take that number and reduce it by 500. That will be the number of calories you need to consume in a day to lose weight.
This is a very important number and I’m sure it will be much larger then you expect. I promise you this number is accurate as long as those calories come from healthy foods eaten throughout the day.
This strategy along with creating new eating habits will get you on your way to permanent weight loss results.
So buy that dress with confidence knowing that on your 1st , or 21st anniversary your weight will remain the same. Oh, and one last word of advice on the dress: If you’re not sure on the size, always go bigger. A dress can be taken in but if it’s too small it can’t be taken out! Also make sure to get a final fitting a few weeks before the wedding so you know for sure the fit is correct.
When all is said and done, weddings are a lot like weight loss. Both are changes you’d like to make that last a lifetime.
If you’d like to learn more about me and my weight loss program, please contact me…
Lifestyle & Weight Loss Coach