Between the tastings, the bachelorette at your favourite Mexican resto and the dessert-themed bridal shower, you suddenly find you can’t breathe when you’re in your dress.
After having a major breakout and before a major meltdown, a bride’s biggest fear is not fitting into her wedding dress on the big day. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds in a relatively short time, then you need to keep reading.
Christina Serpa is co-founder of Body Physix, a personal training, yoga and Pilates studio in the east end. Serpa has helped countless brides get fit and into their dresses, and offered B&G readers five common mistakes to avoid when getting in shape for your wedding.
1. Purchasing a dress that is too small with plans on losing weight to feel comfortable in it.
You can find a dress to suit your body type. However, if you’ve already made this mistake and still have 12 weeks before your big day, Serpa recommends this: “Go to a certified nutritional specialist and develop a realistic eating plan to reduce your calorie intake and keep cravings at bay. Avoid fad diets, and try to burn calories through high-intensity core and cardio work with emphasis on using your whole body.”
2. Going to the gym five to seven days a week when you weren’t doing that before
“If you are going from zero to five, you are stacking the cards against yourself,” Serpa says. “If you only have three times at 40 minutes a week, then that’s fine – it is better than nothing and you will actually stick to it.”
3. Going to the gym without a plan
“You need a program and a proper evaluation,” she recommends. “You can really cause your body damage [if you don’t]. Consult a certified medical practitioner and get the OK to begin your weight-loss plan. Ironically, most of the men who come to us do so only after they’ve hurt themselves lifting with bad techniques and crash dieting.”
4. Thinking trainers and dieticians will guarantee success
Sure, you can see a personal trainer like Serpa three times a week. “But what about the rest of the week? In essence you need to surround yourself with people that support and help you as much as possible. Most people feel defeated if they go it alone. Get the wedding party involved in your transformation – the more support and excitement, the better.”
5. Thinking that only exercise or diet will help you look your best
“No no no! It takes time to see a trainer and nutritionist, go grocery shopping, and actually begin your “new lifestyle.” The better you plan your weight loss plan, the more likely it will succeed. It is just like your actually wedding day – the more prepared and organized you are, the easier the transition will be.”
Putting your best self forward on your wedding day
If you want to look your best in your dress (or tux), here are some ideas from personal trainer Christina Serpa:
Drink one to two litres of water a day.
Walk everywhere as much as possible, including taking the stairs.
Try to decrease (not eliminate) some of the starches in your diet, such as rice, bread, pasta, and potatoes.
Increase the fresh raw vegetables in your eating plan.
Consume more natural fibre.
Incorporate cardio as well as resistance-type exercises into your routine.