As most of y’all know, I’m engaged (yay)!!
Someone asked me last week if I was going to go on a “wedding diet” and I kind of laughed and asked “what do you mean?” They replied, “You know, like the classic crash diet/starving yourself diet to look skinny on your wedding day”. Let’s just say they didn’t know I was a nutrition coach.
I took a second to gather my thoughts, but I couldn’t help my initial reaction of bug eyes, dropped jaw, and laughing out of pure disbelief. I replied with “No, I won’t be doing that. I wish no female would ever have the thought to do that.”
I googled wedding diet and the results were saddening. Tons of 21-day crash diets, lose 10 lbs in 10 days, “cleanses”.. etc. Unfortunately, losing weight quickly, aka crash diets, for a certain event is a common thing. Especially for weddings. I understand brides wanting to look their best on their wedding day! Using your big day as a way to motivate you to exercise, eat healthier, maybe not eat as much fast food, and drink more water is AWESOME. Heck yeah to a healthier lifestyle! But slashing your calories to 1,000 a day or under to fit into your wedding dress is not. It not only affects your physical health, but mental as well. As soon as you start to eat “normal” again, the weight comes back even faster.
I’ve been building healthy habits and the will power to resist foods and stick to the plan for a LONG time. It doesn’t happen over night, in a week, or a month. It takes time to build sustainable habits to create a healthy lifestyle. I still mess up, give in to a donut, and make the wrong choices sometimes. But I know that a healthy, sustainable diet is the way to go to be confident everyday AND in my wedding dress. Now to dial in, really be consistent, and look my best, I will track my food in MyFitnessPal to make sure I’m hitting all of my calories and macronutrient goals. I’ll focus on eating protein, carbs, and fat and getting in as many veggies and fruit as I can. I’ll focus on fueling my body to kick butt in my workouts and continue to build muscle and feel strong. I’ll also enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with friends and enjoy yummy foods in moderation when I want them.
Crash diets, shakes, meal replacements, or cleanses are not the way to go. If you want to see real, long term results, a whole foods diet with consistency is the answer. We are here to help.