Every bride/groom wants to look good and feel good on their big day, but with the stress of everything that goes into planning a wedding it can be hard to focus on health and wellness. Here are eight easy ways to start working toward your health and wellness goals so you can get wedding ready!
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- Start Early
The longer you wait to start, the harder it will be to get wedding ready. If you have time to figure out what works best for you and your body it will be easier to implement changes. With that being said, a “wedding diet” or “quick fix” may get you where you want to be in the short term, but if you really want to make a sustainable, long-lasting change, you are going to need to commit some time to it.
- Get your partner involved
This is the rest of your life we are talking about here! If you are wanting to make a long term change to live a healthier lifestyle, it will be a lot easier to have the support of your future husband/wife. It could also be a fun thing to work on together, and a great foundation to build on for the rest of your lives. If you start off your marriage knowing you both want to live a healthier lifestyle this will set the standard early on and make it easy for you to hold each other accountable.
- Set realistic goals
One of the biggest mistakes people make when working toward health and wellness goals is setting unrealistic goals. If weight loss is your goal, remember, a healthy rate of weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week. At TNT we like to make our goals “S.M.A.R.T.” This stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. So rather than having your goal be “I want to lose weight” try to make it more specific: “I want to lose 15 pounds by May 1st”.
- Eat every 3-4 hours
Skipping meals can slow down metabolism and typically leads to overeating later in the day. It is important to have smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day, so that your body doesn’t hold on to extra fat. Eating every 3-4 hours ensures that you are getting enough calories, and that your blood sugar levels are steady, which can lead to increased energy, less time spent being “hangry”, and can speed up your metabolism.
- Take a balanced approach
Combine all three macronutrients (protein, carbs and fat) for meals and at least two of the three macronutrients for snacks. Try using the “plate method” by making half of your plate fruits and veggies, 1⁄4 whole grains, and 1⁄4 protein. Avoid processed foods and added sugars by choosing whole foods that are more nutrient dense. Following this approach will help make sure your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly.
- Drink more water
Water is vital for almost every function happening inside our bodies. Staying hydrated may improve performance, reduce fatigue, improve mood, prevent headaches, reduce skin issues, regulate bowels, and reduce joint pain. Proper hydration can also aid in weight loss by helping to control appetite, and enhancing metabolism. To calculate your hydration needs, divide your body weight in pounds by 2, and aim to drink that many ounces of water each day! (For example: if you weigh 150 lbs, you should aim to drink at least 75 oz of water per day) If you are exercising, you need even more water!
- Don’t Stress
Remember, you are perfect just the way you are. This is your special day and you will look amazing regardless! Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is a day to celebrate the love you and your partner have. Take it all in, try to relax as much as you can and enjoy your big day!
- Work with Total Nutrition Technology
A Registered Dietitian or Certified Health Educator at TNT will perform a comprehensive health evaluation that will cover desired achievements, past history, current habits, potential obstacles and a game plan to succeed! With customized nutrition plans and one on one coaching it will be hard for you not to reach your goals to get wedding ready!
By: TNT Registered Dietitian, Courtney Harris