The Best Diet for a Bride-to-Be

How to get lean and healthy for your wedding

Be healthy and radiant on your wedding day. Morguefile

What’s the best diet for a bride-to-be?  If you want to slim down for your wedding day you can skip the fad diets, the quick fix plans and the celebrity-endorsed routines.  Instead, meet your daily caloric needs with clean foods:  fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meat, low-fat dairy, whole grains and a limited amount of healthy fat. 

That means:

  • Avoid processed food (that includes almost everything that comes in a package or box)

Want an easy way to stick to the plan?  Use the MyPlate Guide from the USDA. It is simple and it works.  Print out a copy of the dinner plate icon and use it as your guide.  You can also use their website to guide your food choices if you’re not sure what to eat and what to avoid. Many fitness experts (including me!) subscribe this clean eating plan and it helps them get lean and fit. 

Tips for Sticking to the Bride-to Be Eating Plan

  • Keep it simple!  This is a short-term plan so there’s no need to get creative with complicated recipes and unfamiliar ingredients.  Eat what you know and what is most convenient.  Grab carrots, bananas, apples or berries for snacks.  Grill seafood or turkey burgers for dinner.  Eat eggs, egg whites or low-fat dairy for breakfast.  When you need to be on the go for dress fittings and appointments, put a healthy snack bar in your purse so that you're not tempted to go for fast food.
  • Be mindful of calories.  If you really eat only the foods on the clean eating plan, you probably won’t have to count calories to make sure you are eating the right number of calories. You’d be surprised how many calories you eliminate when you remove white starch, added sugar and alcohol from your diet.  But just to be sure, keep a food journal during your first week to make sure you are eating the right amount.
  • Combine your diet with the Wedding Day Workout for best results.  The exercise plan helps you slim down and tone up in all the right areas. It also provides for enough rest time so that you don't overdo it during this important time.
  • Schedule a prep day. Take one day each week and prep all foods in advance for the week.  Fill snack baggies with vegetables.  Mold extra lean turkey burgers or chicken patties to grill. Make hard-boiled eggs.  Make sure you have water bottles ready to grab on the go.  Stock your fridge with fruit for moments when the sweet tooth hits.
  • Live a little. You don’t get a cheat day, but you can have one cheat meal.  Many popular diet plans allow for a cheat day or two.  For a long-term plan that is reasonable. But since your goal is short-term, keep your indulgence contained to a single meal.

Benefits of the Bride-to-Be Diet

Of course the greatest benefit of going on this clean eating plan is that you should be able to lose weight for your wedding day.  And that’s the ultimate goal, right?

  But there are added benefits as well. 

  • Radiant skin, nails, hair.  When you add healthy fruits and veggies to your diet, you provide essential nutrients for healthy skin, healthy-looking hair and a healthier body.  Of course, you could neglect these nutrients and go on a quick fix fad diet, but who wants to look gaunt and pale in their wedding photos?  A well-rounded diet will help you look luscious on your big day.
  • No fuss, less stress.  If you choose to go on a juice fast, a weight loss smoothie plan, or a quick fix routine like Katy Perry’s M-Plan or the Military Diet, you’re going to spend your day shopping for odd foods, measuring portions and biding your time between mini meals that leave you hungry. With this plan you eat plenty of food.  And if you remember to shop only in the produce section, the dairy aisle or at the meat/seafood counter, grocery shopping should be a snap.
  • Long-term health.  What is sexier than a beautiful bride? A healthy honeymooner and a fit, happy newlywed.  After sticking to your clean eating plan for several weeks before your wedding, you might just find that it’s a plan you can stick to for life.  If not, relax the plan slightly to allow for an 80/20 eating plan for wellness and health.

Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life.  Don't take risks with gossip magazine plans or very low calorie diets.  Eat well, stay healthy and walk down the aisle with a confident, radiant glow. 

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