So losing weight before your wedding isn’t a bad idea. In fact, what can be better than looking and feeling your best as you embark on your new life?
The issue with losing weight before your wedding is when you try to do it too quickly. While losing weight quickly can certainly help you meet your immediate goal of getting fit, it can also come with long-term negative side effects.
Experts say that losing weight rapidly can lead to:
- Muscle loss
- Nutritional deficiencies - like malnourishment or anemia
- A drop in metabolism
- Digestive issues
And the icing on the figurative cake? Losing weight quickly is not sustainable. Which means that you may succeed in losing a decent amount of weight in a short amount of time, but studies show that people who lose weight this way are likely to gain most of it back.
If your goal is to lose weight for your wedding, you can certainly achieve it through a fad diet, major calorie restrictions, or a turbo exercise routine. However, if you want your weight loss to last you well into your marriage, losing weight at a slow, sustainable pace is recommended.
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A Healthy Way To Get Fit Before Your Wedding
Choosing a healthy, balanced diet that promotes sustainable weight loss is the best option for getting fit before your wedding—and for staying fit after. Our particular favorite is Noom. While Noom is certainly a trendy diet, it’s by no means a fad diet. Fad diets typically promise incredible results in a short span of time; think Atkins or intermittent fasting, etc. They also usually involve cutting out a certain food group or only eating a few specific things. While some people have success with them, these diets do not necessarily promote nutritious eating, and as mentioned above, they come with many health risks.
Noom, on the other hand, doesn’t restrict what you eat, but it does tell you what a healthy calorie intake is for your current height and weight loss goals. The app really shines in the way it teaches you how to make correct food choices. Noom basically says, it’s up to you whether you eat that piece of chocolate cake or munch on an apple. But it gives you the tools to make the right decision. Time and time again.
How Does Noom Work?
Noom is an app designed by behavioral psychologists, nutritionists, and personal trainers with the goal of helping people lose weight and keep the weight off. It promotes making practical, sustainable food choices as opposed to cutting out entire food groups.
Each member gets assigned a diet specialist who creates a customized eating plan for their specific lifestyle and weight loss goals. For example, Noom can accommodate brides and offer a plan designed for faster weight loss as opposed to a more long-term plan. But even the “fast” weight loss isn’t as rapid as other, more restrictive diets. Noom is designed to help you lose weight at a healthy pace, between 1-2 pounds a week. This is why it’s a good idea to sign up to Noom right after you get engaged, so you have enough time to meet your wedding-weight goal. Once you do hit your goal, you can adjust your plan for slower weight loss or simply weight maintenance.
Noom is very goal-oriented, which makes it ideal for a bride-to-be who is ticking off the days until her wedding. When you sign up, you will be asked to set a personal goal so that you can stay focused, motivated, and know what you need to do to reach it.
Here are some of the tools Noom offers to help you reach your goals:
- Personalized calorie breakdown of foods
- Meal plans designed by registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs)
- Food tracking via scanning barcodes and a food database
- Fitness tracking, including exercise, weight, and blood pressure
- One-on-one health coaching
- Connecting with members of the Noom community
- Motivational articles and quizzes
Noom’s combination of modern technology and a personalized weight loss plan makes tracking your food and fitness habits easy and doable. It also makes for a less-stressful pre-wedding period with its straightforward weight loss approach.
Staying Fit For the Long-Haul
Both anecdotal evidence and scientific studies show that many people tend to gain weight after they get married. That’s why signing up for a weight loss program like Noom before your wedding is the best gift you can give yourself. Not only will you look great in all the photos, but you’ll also start your marriage with tools to help you maintain long-term healthy eating habits.