Post # 1
Hello my fellow bees!
Today, I had my first bridal fitting. I knew it wasn’t going to go the best, because I bought my dress smaller to motivate myself. Turns out I need to lose 1-2 inches in 3 months (hopefully sooner!) Do any of y’all have any good advice to make this happen ASAP? I’ve recently started doing cardio 4-5 days a week for a hour and already see a difference. I wanted to hear other ladies wedding fitness stories.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Everyone is different but for me its about 80% diet, 20% exercise so if I’m not interested in toning I don’t even bother with exercising. When I need to shed a couple lbs quick I switch to a 1500 or less calorie diet excluding white foods – potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, zero fried foods or junk (which kills me bc haagen-dazs is my fave friend), and strictly water. Mostly veggies, fruits, protein, fats like avocado and olives. It helps if you already know what works for you.
Post # 3
Jillian Micheals 30-day shred, everyday until your wedding, combined with counting calories and running a caloric deficit. This of course is going to depend on your starting weight and size.
Post # 4
No sugar. No flour. No alcohol. No dairy. These are the foods that tend to inflame the body and pack on either real pounds or water weight.
Make sure you eat 3 meals a day that each has a meat / fish protein, a healthy fat (olive oil, grass fed butter, avocado, etc), and vegetables. Include a healthy starch (sweet potato, quinoa, black beans, etc) for 1 meal or 2 if you’re exercising that day. 3 liters of water a day. Coffee or tea ok if you drink it black.
The weight will melt off and once you push past any cravings or withdrawal from sugar, you’ll notice a big boost in energy.
Walk daily and add some strength / resistance training like Pilates.
Post # 5
Pilates tones me up like nothing. You can check out blogilates videos on YouTube for free
Post # 6
I’ll second Jillian Michaels. I’m not crazy about it as a long-term helath routine, but if I need to drop a dress size in a hurry, the 30day shred is great.
Also, be cautious about calorie cutting – if you drop too low for too long it can cause your body to stress out and bloat and retain water&fat (and burn muscle instead.) Before planning any big diet shifts, see about finding out your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and perhaps look into intermitent fasting. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it can reduce some of the negative effects of a low calorie diet.
Post # 7
i just requires a seam ripper and a sewing machine. but seriously, it should be no issue for your seamstress to open up your dress by an inch or two. most dresses have about 3 inches of seam allowance (1.5 on each side).
that said, you can easily “lose” about an inch but just de-bloating. drink a shit ton of water, avoid carbs and other bloaty foods. this isn’t actual weight loss – as in, it doesn’t change your body composition at all – but you can get smaller.
Post # 8
Keto diet. Or a low carb, high fat.
Post # 9
I second Keto diet.. works like a charm. Very quick and very easy to stick with!
Post # 10
I have lost about 7 inches from my middle and 5 from my bust in about seven months. I workout six days a week but more importantly I gave up all wheat products and go very light on remaining foods which have a high glycemic load.
With a doctor’s guidance, consider a calorie deficit of around 500 per day.
Post # 11
I wasn’t able to post this originally because I was on my phone. But heres my progress from Feb – Apr (3 months) and about a 10lb difference on me. I found that all my bloat went away. But I was full all the time and it was easy to follow and stick with for those 3 months. It just wasn’t something I wanted to do long term. The only time I felt horrible was when my body was getting used to the lowered carb count and I got the “carb flu” but that doesn’t last long. I was on a “loose” form of keto. For the first month I didn’t cheat at all, but for the next months on the weekend I would have a burrito. The only bad reaction from doing that was I would be very sleepy after and might get a headache.
Post # 12
Its the bomb. After the wedding I’m still on it. Love, love, love it.
Post # 13
The main thing for me has been cutting back on eating (overeating). I watch my portions more now. So for me it has been portion control more than exercise. I’ve lost more than 20lbs in 6 months.
Post # 14
Ever heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym”? This is totally true! It really is 80% diet. Now this doesn’t mean go on a crash diet!! You need to stick to something that is sustainable for the next 3 months. Crash diets are not sustainable and you will gain all of the weight back plus more once you stop. So just make sure you are eating lots of protein (meats) and vegetables and drinking lots of water to flush out your system. Stay away from high sugary foods and fast food. Make sure to eat breakfast!! People forget how important that is. You need to eat breakfast and snack in between meals. That is what gets your metabolism going and keeps it going.
As far as the working out part goes….an hour of cardio may be helping, but you will burn much more calories AND fat by doing HIIT training. This stands for High Intensity Interval Training. You can google it, but it’s basically doing sprint intervals. The point is to get your heart rate up fast and then bring it down, then get it back up, etc…. So you can cut your cardio in half and yet burn twice the amount of calories. Plus is keeps your metabolism up for far longer than other cardio. For example you would sprint for 30 seconds, walk for 1 min, sprint for 30 seconds, walk for 1 min, and so on. And you really only need to do that for a total of 20 to 30 minutes. Also, don’t forget weight training. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn throughout the day. I would suggest lifting before you do your HIIT training at least 4 days a week. Plus lifting weights will make you lean in all the right places! My sister did all of this for her wedding, plus added a waist trainer to really suck her in. She looked amazing!
I know that was a lot of information but it really is the healthy way to go!
Post # 15
fantastic progress. You can really see the difference.
Op… be aware that you can’t spot reduce. Focus on diet though