There ain’t nothing like an engagement ring to motivate a weight loss freak out within!
All eyes will be on you. And let’s not even talk about the photographer – moments frozen in time, forever! Best he / she knows their way around photoshop!
As a wedding planner, I’ve watched many a bride squeeze herself very uncomfortably into different dresses, in the hope of losing a few cm’s here and there before their big day arrives. It’s definitely one of the most stressful things an up and coming bride has to deal with – the pressure of having everyone admire you on the day.
Feeling comfortable and beautiful in your own skin is vital to the overall success of one of the most memorable days of your life.
So I thought I’d call upon my sister Shannon, for some expert advice on the subject. She has never been extremely overweight by any means, but into her late 20′s she struggled with trying to lose weight for a good few years, trying different diets, different exercise regimes, with little or no results, until finally, she found something that has definitely worked for her.
Not only did she lose 7 kilograms in a very short space of time, the terrible heartburn that she had been experiencing since we were kids completely faded away, and she seems to have a lot more energy these days too.
I’ve recently started her 90 Day Challenge myself and am committed to trying to lose a few extra kilo’s, but in the meantime, I asked her to share 5 of her best tips with my Brides who are keen to lose a few within a short space of time. I hope you find them helpful!
Over to you Shannon…
1. Delete the fizzy drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices
It’s the hidden sugars that cause most of us to struggle with weight loss. So everyone knows that Coke is pretty bad for you, what with about 12 teaspoons of sugar in 1 can of coke alone, but nobody stops to give a second thought to fruit juices or supposedly ‘healthy’ energy drinks. Most fruit jucies are made from reconstituted fruit juice concentrate, which really isn’t fruit juice anymore. However, manufacturers will gladly stick a “100% fruit juice blend” sticker on their products. If you’re trying to shed a few extra cm’s before your wedding day, I would highly recommend eliminating all fizzy drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices. Unless you are squeezing the juice yourself, consider it fattening.
Here’s a tip: Adding a slice of lemon to your water can actually help you lose weight… lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings. Lemons also aid digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract and helping to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.
2. Swap your marg for butter
Not only does butter taste a million times better, it’s a natural product that we’ve been eating and cooking with for centuries without damaging our health. Why swap it for margarine, a highly synthetic and unpleasant-tasting concoction laced with additives and cheap, low-grade oils refined on an industrial scale? Butter contains healthy fats which actually help your body burn extra fat. Yes it’s true ladies, fat does not make you fat, contrary to popular belief. And on that note…
3. Ditch the ‘low-fat’ dairy for full cream goodness
Say what? I know. I really know what you’re thinking, because I used to think it too. How can full cream dairy not make me fatter than low-fat dairy? Well I ain’t no doctor or nutritionist, but I know that I eat a load of full cream dairy these days, my favourite being the double cream (yes I said double cream) greek yoghurt every morning, and I’m a lot lighter than I used to be when I was consuming low-fat dairy on a daily basis. That said, I also don’t eat any wheat, grains or sugar, and of course that has a lot to do with it, but I do know that low-fat = poison to our systems. Full cream dairy has a much better effect on our blood sugar levels than low fat dairy does, which means we are able to burn more fat and go without eating for longer periods of time, eg: less hunger cravings.
4. Red vino over white
Red wine is made from dark red or black grapes with their skins and white wine is made from white grapes with the skins removed and the skin contains antioxidants. Not only does red wine keep you strong and healthy (in moderation of course), it also contains less natural sugars than white. Just watch out for red wine teeth… that’s never attractive!
5. Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
The darker the better, if you can handle the strong taste. A nibble of dark chocolate here and there can slow down digestion so you feel full for longer – dark chocolate has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in your blood sugar levels. Milk chocolate on the other hand is loaded with sugar, which in turn gives you huge spikes in your blood sugar, causing you to want more and more… and you know how it goes!
Of course there are many other things you can do to speed up your weight loss process over a shorter period of time, but Cara asked me for my easiest 5 tips and I think that these are all easy enough to incorporate at once – if you can get your head around the “low-fat isn’t really low-fat” issue!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions on your weight loss journey, I’ll be more than happy to chat with you.
And PS – hire my sister as your Wedding Planner, she’s an obsessive organiser, I know, I used to share a room with her… let’s just leave it at that.