If you’re a bride-to-be, the next thought that will probably run through your mind after you’ve set the date is – how do I begin to get in the best shape of my life? In all honesty, it’s never too early to start prepping and it’s about one word – consistency. Crash diets and strenuous exercise regimes simply won’t work and instead, you’ll likely be left feeling frustrated and exhausted (less than ideal when you want to be glowing!)
The first step is to make sure your nutrition is clean and green. No matter how much exercise you do, unless your diet is spot on, you’ll struggle to see results. So, here are my top tips on how to get wedding ready in 12 months:
- Put down the bottle -for many women, giving up alcohol completely might not be an attainable goal, but if you want to look great on your big day, then limiting alcohol in the lead up is absolutely vital. Alcohol is incredibly dehydrating which will leave your skin looking grey and lacklustre. But not only that, the sugar content of alcohol means that even if you’re noshing on lettuce, those liquid calories at wine time will cancel out your clean diet. If you simply can’t give up altogether, try to limit alcohol to just one day a week and stick to clear spirits with soda water or organic wines.
- Eat more fat – swap stodgy carbs like white bread and pasta, for good fats (like avocado, olive oil and coconut) and you’ll not only feel more satisfied, you’ll be less bloated and feel lighter as well. Try to incorporate fat at every meal and instead of snacking on nutrient-devoid snacks like diet coke, crackers or chips…eat fat snacks like homemade avocado guacamole with vegetable sticks or raw unsalted nuts. Yes, nuts are high in calories but they are also burnt more efficiently by the body than that zero calorie diet fizzy drink you’re sipping.
- Aim for balance – most importantly, try to be balanced with your diet as cutting out an entire food group such as grains, gluten, sugar or dairy is just not sustainable. If you’ve got an allergy or intolerance, then by all means, remove the offending food from your diet, but for everyone else, try to eat all your favourite foods in moderation. When prepping a meal, ask yourself, have you included a good portion of protein, fats and carbohydrates? Your salad might include chicken breast and spinach, but if you add a few slices of avocado and a half a cup of quinoa, you’ll have yourself a far more nutritionally balanced meal.