(Closed) How to lose weight before wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
1180 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Drink tons and tons of water. No soft drinks. Eat lean proteins and green veggies. Some fat isn’t too bad (some cheese here and there or avocado). Stay away from carbs and sugar. Even when it gets boring. Look up low carb recipes. Do 30-45 minutes of cardio (even going for a brisk walk) 3 days a week. 

It’s boring. It isn’t fun or fast. You’ll lose maybe 2 lbs a week on average (maybe more the first week or two). 

Allow yourself a few days to indulge, but don’t go overboard and feel like anything goes because it’s a cheat day. 

I’ve been terrified about trying on dresses next weekend for the first time. I’ve been following the exact plan above since the start of October and this morning I was down 10.4 lbs. 

There’s no miracle plan. And those fast diets that promise to help you drop a lot of weight? You put it right back on as soon as you’re off if you go back to your previous habits. It takes willpower and dedication and endurance to lose it and also to keep it off.

Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 3
48 posts

Try using the my fitness pal app.  

Post # 4
328 posts
Helper bee

heatherdanyel:  You can easily lose about 10 lbs a month between here and April!! So you can definitely lose between 50-60 pounds by then. Just try and integrate some high intensity cardio and weight training, preferably 4-5 days a week. Also, portion control with an aid (e.g. MyFitnessPal). Make sure even on your off days that you go for a 30 minute or so walk. Eat veggies and lean meats/fish, with a lesser amount of carbs from grains. When you do have your grains, make sure they are whole. That should be more than enough to get rid of your belly and whatever other problem spots you have!

Post # 5
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

heatherdanyel:  I would look into getting a personal trainer. Even if you don’t have a huge budget, you could hire someone for a little bit and then use the tips that they give you when you are working out on your own. I think that everyone loses weight differently and a trainer will be able to help you figure out the best exercises for your own body. Good luck and you have plenty of time!

Post # 6
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

Low carb and cardio will do it. Low carb attacks belly fat usually first as it is a diuretic and you lose a lot of bloat and water weight quickly. 

Post # 7
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

heatherdanyel:  The safe rate of loss is .5-2.0 lbs a week (after the first initial weeks.)  

I’m an awesome loser, I’m just a terrible maintainer, though I am getting better.  These are my tips: 

– drink lots of water.  If you think you’re hungry, have a glass of water first.  Thirst is often confused for hunger.  Avoid sugary sodas, juices, smoothies, etc.  Make half your liquid intake for the day water.  (I love sparking water, it’s a nice switch from plain tap water.  You could also try diffusing water with a bit of fruit if you really can’t handle plain water all the time.) 

– think about when and where you eat, not just what you eat.  Do you snack in the car?  Or in front of the TV?  When you’re sad, stressed, bored, tired?  These habits are tough to break.  You may have to completely change a routine (clean you car out completely and ban food from it.  Snack before you leave for a drive, or plan a healthy snack for the car if you can’t go without.  Fold clean laundry in front of the tv so its hard to eat.  Take up a craft to keep your hands busy.  Paint your nails – something different from what you usually do in these situations.  Think about why you’re eating.  Are you actually hungry?  Or is this something else (I snack when I’m bored.  I make terrible food choices when I’m tired, as an example.) 

– Start your day off with a good breakfast – including protein.  

– Don’t ban one entire food group.  Seriously.  There’s nothing wrong with going lower carb or with saying no processed carbs or focussing on complex carbs, etc.  But your body needs carbs.  You have to give it some.  Just make sure they’re good, healthy wholesome ones. And on the same token, don’t be afraid of all fats.  Like carbs, you need some.  So get it from a natural, healthy source.  You don’t have to eat all ‘low fat/non fat stuff’ – they’re often full of sugars or sweetners to mask the fact that they don’t have the fat content to taste good. 

– Track. honestly.  No one cares if you cheat on your tracking.  It doesn’t affect anyone else.  Just you.  Even if the day didn’t go according to plan, track it and move on.  Tracking really can help you see where you’re eating for a reason other than hunger.  And it’ll help show you where you can make healthy changes.  And it can be very eye opening.  Suddenly that snack that tasted only alright isn’t worth it when you see the fat/calorie count.  And if you can, track it before you eat it.  It gives that pause to ask yourself “Do I really want this?” 

– Get moving.  Swimming, hiking, dancing, cycling, running.  Whatever you like.  Get some cardio in.  You can’t spot reduce anywhere.  Your body will lose it however it wants to lose it.  Also, don’t be afraid of weights and lifting heavy.  It’s highly unlikely you’ll bulk up.  That’s not easy for a female.  But it will help you build long, lean muscles.  And it will raise your metabolism at rest for a period of time after you’re done lifting (12 – 24 hours).  Burn more calories at rest?  Yes!  Please!  You don’t have to live in the gym, either.  You don’t need to go every day.  3 – 5 times a week is plenty.  But make the time you’re in there count.  Do something on your off/rest day.  A walk with friends, gentle yoga, something so you’re active every day. 

Those are my personal tips and what I’m making myself do (again!)  I really focussed again last week.  I’m hoping to be down 20 lbs by the wedding (it’s a bit of a tall order, for me.)  That’ll put me under goal again.  My big challenge will be maintaining, I’m not the greatest at it.  I tend to slip back into old habits. 

And FWIW, I lost 80 lbs about 9 years ago.  I’ve never been back up to that highest.  I’ve managed to gain back less each time (by following those rules above).  I don’t go crazy.  I don’t cut anything out.  I practice moderation.  I allow myself some ‘treats’ throughout, just not every day.  I also don’t kill myself in the gym.  

You can totally do this.  And even if you don’t hit your ultimate goal in time for the wedding, you’ll have done something and gotten closer. ๐Ÿ™‚  Good Luck! 

Post # 8
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Also, I just want to add (because that looks like a lot!)  Start small.  Don’t try to change absolutely everything at once.  Start with easy habits to change.  I personally find adding something to be easier than changing something or taking something away. 

Example.  Day 1 – Focus on drinking water.  When that doesn’t feel like a chore, add something else, like tracking.  When that becomes less time consuming, try adding in 30 minutes of exercise.  Eliminating fast food except for treats.  Eating a wholesome breakfast, etc.  Take it in stages.  And take small steps.  And don’t think that you have to be ‘perfect’ all the time.  Every meal, snack, etc is a choice.  Some choices will be good.  Some won’t.  Don’t dwell on the not so great choices.  Be sure to celebrate the good ones! 

I, personally, find MFP (my fitness pal) super easy to use to track.  But tracking can be as simple as writing it down on a piece of paper.  This does not have to be complicated.  

Also, I give myself little rewards.  Every 5 lbs, every 2 weeks of tracking.  They aren’t always big, and they don’t have to be expensive.  Just a little something to work towards.  (And I try to make it not food.  Bonus points when I’m able to make it reinforce a healthy habit – like a new pretty water bottle, or new gym attire, etc.) 

I am definitely not saying people need to do all of these things or exactly these things to lose weight.  Everyone is very different and will have different methods.  I did want to pass on what I have learned and what has worked for me.  

Post # 9
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Lift weights. Muscle helps burn fat. And don’t just focus on losing weight, focus on making progress. I’ve been at it for almost 4 months and I’ve gained 3 pounds but lost two pants sizes. 


Post # 10
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

heatherdanyel:  I would suggest cutting out most processed foods, mainly refined sugars, and drink lots of water/tea. Reach for fresh fruit instead of the chips/candy. (it gets easier after the 4th day!)

When I cut out pasta, bread, and added sugars from my diet, I lost the fat stored below my belly button. Exercise is inevitable – I also run 1-2 miles a day, 4x a week. I say… try it for a week? If you feel it’s not for you, then you don’t have to continue. But after a week was when I saw results (my pants were getting a little baggy all around )

Post # 11
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Cut out the carbs and it’ll drop like magic…

really hard but it works!

Post # 12
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think you’ll need lots of cardio. Concentrate on eating more healthily, adding good things rather than focusing on cutting out…so it’s more positive than negative.

Post # 14
163 posts
Blushing bee

sostobe:  Wow. This is not only encouraging, but well written. I’ve been doing Keto since the middle of September in hopes of losing at least 10 – 15 pounds before my engagement photos… and only lost 5-6. Sucks. AND my engagement photos are next week. 


I’m going to bring back carbs in my life and just do this naturally. THANK YOU for your post!

Post # 15
1290 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m on ww and have times that I’m really good, and times I’m not. Like now. I can’t bring myseld to track. So I’ve switched over to their simply filling program, which is built around whole wheat carbs, lean proteins, fruits and veggies and fat free cheese. While it’s only been a few days I feel like it’s something I can stick to. If you want, I’ll pm you the grocery lists they suggest. You can make anyting you want out of it. You do still need to be careful of snacks and anything wih high fat content, but I think it might be easier than tracking. Also I’m with everyone re: working out! find something you like and try to switch it up. For example I do kick boxing 2 times a week, and will throw in a yoga session and a run too. I think mixing it up hita different musclea and makes your body react in different ways. Good luck!!

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