Crash Diets: Do's and Don'ts

Hello all! Janie’s assistant Lauren here, and though I am not a seasoned wedding professional with a lifetime of experience under my belt, I do know a thing or two about weddings, including this: everyone wants to look and feel good on the day of their wedding. This idea of “looking your best” often tends to lead brides down a slippery slope of crash diets that either don't work, or are extremely unhealthy (both physically and mentally). As someone who has lost over 35 lbs in 6 months, I thought I’d take over the blog for a week and give a very real talk to those of you out there looking to shed some pounds before your big day.

 

  1. Drink your water

This may seem like the simplest thing in the world, but drinking your 8 glasses of water every day will play a major role in helping you see the results you’re looking for. Staying hydrated is not only good for reducing bloating, it also helps to clear your skin and give you that “glowing bride” look that everyone is after. 

I recommend going on amazon and buying a large water bottle (at least 1 liter) and drinking that throughout the day. Investing in a larger water bottle makes the process much easier because it minimizes the amounts of trips that are necessary to take in order to continuously refill your bottle (who has time for 8 trips to the water cooler?)

 

2. Cut out indulgent foods

I don't mean to do this forever. My suggestion is that a week before your wedding, cut out bread, pasta, red meat, and decadent sweets. These are the things that are going to cause unwanted bloating, and cutting out these foods on top of drinking water throughout the day is a quick way to shed excess water weight before your big day. 

 

3. What you should be eating:

Citrus, dark berries, lean meats/proteins, and green, green, green!

I know that it may seem hard (especially to those with an aversion to green foods), but a quick and easy way to sneak some greens into your diet is by making a smoothie. Smoothies turn green when they are made with light colored fruits because the green of the vegetables has the ability to overpower their color. However, if you are to make your smoothie with darker colored fruits (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries) then the spinach that you add won't change the flavor or the color! My personal favorite breakfast on days where I am a)In a rush and b)Eating healthier, is 1/2 a banana, frozen mixed berries, vanilla almond milk, and a handful of spinach. Vegan and bursting with delicious flavors!

 

While it is very possible to follow these steps on the days leading up to your wedding, the most important thing to remember is that the person you are marrying chose to marry you. Not you with better skin or the you that’s 10 lbs. lighter, they chose to marry you. So have fun on your wedding day, cut yourself the biggest slice of cake and enjoy nice glass of champagne! This is your day, so set insecurities aside and make the most of it!