If you’re a bride to be, you already know that your wedding is a huge affair to organize – it requires thought, planning, diligence, and brain power that can tunnel vision to get the task at hand done. Getting into the best shape of your life is just part and parcel of it all, which can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Here, Savoir Flair brings you the 101 on how, when, and where to burn fat, tone up, and look stunning on your big day.
Like with anything in life, a plan is the starting point to achieving what you’ve set out to do. Is fat loss the goal? How much, how fast, and how is the answer. Depending on the amount of fat you want to lose alongside how much muscle tone you want to gain, six to eight weeks is generally ample time to make that happen. This is what you need to consider:
- Your starting weight: Think about getting a body fat measurement done, not just a step on the scales. This will give you a much clearer indication of the fat that can be burned and where muscle tone needs to improve.
- Your goal weight: The key is to push yourself, but also be realistic. It could be based off a previous weight and body fat percentage that you know you were happy with. Alternatively, have a consultation with a fitness professional who will be able to shed light if you have no idea how much the body is carrying in excess.
- Your schedule: Whilst it’s true that we can make time for anything if we really set our minds to it, the run-up to the wedding should also be an enjoyable one – you should actually be able to see your fiancé, friends, and family rather than going from work to the gym and back to work! If you currently train once a week but know you couldn’t physically train more than three times, then accept three times a week as the goal and ensure it is stuck to, without fail.
As mentioned, six to eight weeks is usually a good amount of time to start to see significant changes in the body, as well as how you feel. And depending on your starting and goal weight, you can work out how far in advance the training plan should kick into place, based on your wedding date. The easiest thing will always be to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle so there is never a massive life swap that the body needs to undergo. However, if this is the start of a major change, now is when to make it! This is what you need to know:
- One pound of body fat = 3,500 calories.
- To lose one pound of body fat per week, each day needs to have a calorie deficit of 500 calories.
- Therefore, you can expect the body to lose six pounds (2.7kg) in six weeks if this is adhered to.
- If your goal weight is greater than this, it’s best to start earlier rather than aiming to lose substantially more per week. Studies say that losing more than two to three pounds per week can become counterproductive for the body as it’s too much, too quickly.
Ever heard the expression “Abs are made in the kitchen”? It’s not just an old tale; weight loss comes down to diet just as much as exercise. No matter how fast you run, you just cannot counteract the effects of endless chocolate, sweets, and fast food. A weight-loss plan needs to first start with what the body is being fed, more specifically how much sugar as this is the cause of most fat gain.
Write a five-day food diary whilst maintaining a completely typical diet for you. Include all drinks and times of meals, and be precise – even if it was a snack of just two pieces of chocolate. If you have a good idea about nutrition, you’ll be able to analyze the diary at the end of the five days and assess how much “bad stuff” you are feeding your body, and therefore what are the easiest things to reduce or cut out immediately, which will make a big difference.
Although nutrition is absolutely essential, exercise also plays a hugely key role. Not only will high-intensity cardiovascular training help burn fat, but combined with weight training, the body will end up burning more calories when you are resting. The “Where” for your training should be a combination and variety of exercises. Long, monotonous cardio doesn’t do much good for fat loss as the body needs to be pushed, surprised, and “stressed” every time it goes to work up a sweat. Incorporating weight training into a fat-loss plan is crucial as this is where you will start to see real differences in body appearance and get the tone look that every bride wants!
Carly Neave is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.