Almost all brides we come across, have a plan to drop a few pounds ahead of their wedding. It’s just one of those things that we all want to do- likely so we can feel as good and as sexy as we can in our fabulous wedding dress. In actual fact, research says that five million women in the UK lose weight for the big day, with 1 in 4 losing more than four stone!
We are by no means experts, but we have had a look at a few weight loss solutions, and wanted to share a few of the things we have found.
Food to avoid in the weeks before your wedding
Fake sweeteners, containing sortbitol and aspartame, so things like Canderel and Splenda are very hard for the body to digest. This includes fizzy diet drinks- so no coke Zero either! If you did want to add some sweetness to your hot drinks etc, go for natural alternatives like Stevia and Truvia, which are plant based.
Beans, baked beans in particular contain a type of sugar not digestible by the body, causing yes you guessed it, gas and bloating.
3. Chewing gum
Gum chewing is a habit many of us have, but every time you chew a piece of gum, you are essentially chewing air, causing bloating.
Alcoholic drinks are generally really high in empty calories. Red win in particular contains unfermented yeast, a notorious bloater
5. Dried fruit
Although they may be a healthy snack option, they are however very high in sugar, which causes water retention and gas- not something you want on your wedding day!
6. Cruciferous Vegetables
Yes, surprising! Certain vegetables contain similar properties as beans, leading to gas. Veggies like beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage should be avoided. Consider switching to water-rich vegetables like celery and cucumber
7. Salty foods
Salty foods are a definite no on the days leading up to your wedding. Since sodium causes you to retain water, try to stay under 2,000 mg per day. Cheddar cheese gets a special mention as apparently cheddar has more salt per ounce than a packet of crisps! Salt causes water retention
8. Starchy foods
Starches are also foods associated with bloating and gas. Stay away from potatoes, pasta, and rice on the day of and the day before the wedding.
Swap your standard dairy products for dark leafy greens. Our bodies struggle to break down dairy, and digestion causes gas and bloating. Greek Yoghurt however is the only recommended dairy to have. A small serving of plain Greek yoghurt shouldn’t cause any problems, as the active cultures in Greek yoghurt actually help the body digest more efficiently.
10. Carbonated drinks
Fizzy drinks, sparkling water, champagne, anything with a bit of a fizz; avoid! The fizz/bubbles will only cause you to feel gassy and bloated.
Diets and diet aids
As well as avoiding certain foods in the lead up to the wedding, many brides actually embark on full on diet plans or weight loss products.
We have taken a look at what is available on the market, and have put together a quick list of some of the easiest and most effective ones we’ve come across.
Based on the principals of the popular 5:2 diet, which involves restricting calories (down to 500-600) on 2 days of the week, and eating ‘normally’ for the other 5. Having looked into the 5:2 diet before, there were two elements that proved difficult to master, planning the restricted calorie day to ensure that you don’t go over, and knowing what is meant by ‘normal eating’- does it include a chocolate bar or doughnut a day, or a general low calorie meal plan.
LighterLife Fast, definitely helps with one of these issues. They have a great range of meals and snacks, which you can have any 4 of on a fast day, and this ensures that you stick within your calorie allowance, but that you also get the nutrients and vitamins you need. No thinking needed for the fast days! The food packs, aren’t glamorous, as they are dried and you literally just add water, but they don’t taste nearly as bad as you would think. In our opinion, the spaghetti bolognaise is quite yummy. The snack bars they have are also great. They also have shakes, which also taste pretty decent, particularly the strawberry flavour.
In each of the boxes, there are suggested meals for the 5 days of ‘normal’ eating, so this does help point you in the right direction of the sort of food you should be eating. We would say however, that in order for you to really see results, you should stick to their suggested plan- which isn’t eating ‘normally’, but eating healthy and well. Here is an example of a week’s meal plan.
There are reports of people losing significant weight on this programme, so it is definitely something to consider if wanting to lose a significant amount of weight ahead of your wedding or a big event, or maybe just to be lighter and healthier.
The LighterLife Fast food packets cost from £1.66, and are available exclusively from Superdrug, here!
Carb Blocker is a specialised weight loss product for overweight and obese people who love carbohydrates and gain weight because of eating huge amount of bread, pasta and rice every day. As rice is a staple in Afro-Caribbean diets, this might be an ideal solution for those not able to cut it out of their diet.
Fat Binder helps you to lose up to 3x more weight than with a diet alone. They say that it binds up to 28% of dietary fats in the stomach by absorbing the fat molecules to form a fat-fibre complex. It ensures optimum fat binding in the first phase and, in the second phase, fat-soluble vitamins are released into the body to ensure optimum vitamin absorption.
A protein based nutritional approach. The diet begins with an “attack phase” when only protein and oat bran may be eaten. In phase two, non-starchy vegetables can be added every other day. Ultimately, you are allowed to eat normally, but with one protein-only day per week. Exercise is compulsory.
A meal replacement programme providing a diet plan that works by restricting the amount of carbohydrates and overall calories in your diet. Meals include shakes, ready meals and snack bars. The programme recommends 2 meal replacements and one healthy meal each day.