(Closed) to be the perfect size that day.

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@bridalblush: This doesn’t seem like enough food, IMO. You’re supposed to eat about 1500-2000 calories per day, and this is nowhere close to that. As someone who has struggled with eating disorders in the past, please, please be careful in dieting for your big day. Starving yourself will just make you feel awful and look emaciated- not a pretty picture.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Try some lean protein (chicken?) for dinner, lots of veggies. But @brideatbeach: is right — you are not eating enough. Quick weight loss can make you look really tired, worn-out and can make your facial skin look like hell. Be careful. Do not go under 1200 calories.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

My Fiance and I are doing Weight Watchers so having points as a guide is great. There are also sites like SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal (that also has a phone app) to help you keep track of calories, exercise and offer suggestions of healthy foods and recipes to try.

My Fiance and I are obsessed with Hungry Girl right now. Her Cheeseburger Chomp wraps and Animal Style Salad definitely fullfil the needs for cheeseburgers for me and I’m a huge burger person. She even has a guide for surving the fast food places!

We also love Cooking Light. I have a couple of their cookbooks, but their website also has a ton of delicious and healthy recipes!

Edit: If you’re worried about losing weight and figuring out a safe amount of calories to consume, check out a calculator like this one. It will tell you if your goal is unattainable and what you should be eating calorie wise to maintain healthy weightloss of no more than 2lbs a week.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@bridalblush: I’m a teacher, so I literally get fifteen minutes for lunch every day (if that!) and work from 7 am-3pm. I totally identify with ya on the “no time for lunch” deal.

What I usually bring is a peanut butter sandwich and Greek yogurt. That provides me with enough sustenance to make it to dinner. Could you add something like a PB sandwich to your lunch?

If you think that what you’re eating right now is too much, you might want to talk to your doctor. For the longest time, I would feel so guilty for eating one slice of pizza, one muffin, or a cup of yogurt. I would exaggerate in my head how big the food item had been until I had litereally brainwashed myself into thinking I had seriously binged. If this sounds familiar, it’s not okay…

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@bridalblush:  another thing that’s bad about starving yourself…it slows your metabolism so it’s HARDER to lose weight.  not healthy.  🙁  yogurt is a good side, but try to get some protein in there, like a salad topped with chunks of grilled chicken or something.  what i do when i’m dieting is count calories and servings, that’s it (in addition to exercise).  1300-1400 calories a day, and i max out my veggie and lean protein servings while keeping my carbs strictly whole grain and down at 5-6 servings a day (vs 11…remember, ONE slice of bread is a serving), fruits down at 2 servings a day, and dairy at 2 as well.  and i always allowed myself a cheat day of 1800 calories once a week…keeps your metabolism on its toes AND lets you feel a little less tempted to throw in the towel altogether.  between that and 45-60min of cardio 3-4x a week, i dropped 20lb in 2.5 months…that’s about fast as you can lose weight in a HEALTHY manner (losing weight too fast is very bad for you for all the reason posted plus what i said earlier about slowing your metabolism).

however, i wasn’t careful and i gained it all plus a bonus 10lb back in the following couple years.  i have a huge move (400 miles across two states) coming up at the beginning of september, and then i’m jumping back on the diet/exercise bandwagon.  throwing in some freeweight and core training to tone up too.  i have post-baby body, lol.

good sources of protein besides meat: beans (including chickpeas and soybean stuff like tofu), eggs (but watch it if you have high cholesterol like me…i know, i’m only 28…bad genetics), nuts (but be careful here too, because while the fats in nuts are generally the “good” kind, they’re still high in them)…dairy has a good amount of protein too but not enough to be considered in the protein group.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@bridalblush: Depending on what’s on sale, I’ll just buy regular whole wheat bread or the Arnold’s Sandwich Thins. I like those if I know I won’t have much time because they are thinner and smaller than regular bread.

Seriously, I’m not trying to scare you, but please see a doctor if these thoughts continue. I had a hard time coming to terms with it, but they aren’t normal.

Hang in there.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Besides cutting out a lot of extra carbs (breads, etc) and filling up on more lean proteins and veggies, I’m not doing much. I admit I’m active and my body will tone itself as long as I’m feeding it the right things and cutting out junk foods. Don’t starve yourself, hun! Cutting out sugar and fried foods alone and upping the exercise can be enough in the long run. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Love Hungry Girl.

I would recommend talking to a professional about the best route to weight loss. Too few calories during the day can lead to a lot of problems – including splurge/guilt cycles, and actually slowling weight shed.

I know budgeting leading up to a wedding/etc is tight. If a professional isn’t in the cards, there are still options.

Food diaries. Calorie counting. This isn’t a case of “less is more.” You need to balance adequate nutrition with gradual calorie reduction. (You should still be getting a daily recommended allowance based on your height/weight/activity level). Do some research as to what you should be getting, and how to safely reduce your intake.

Stop eating out. No kidding.

Don’t eat in front of the TV. Pay attention and stop when you’re full. (Sounds simple but it’s something I sometimes have to re-learn).

I found Weight Watchers to be pretty balanced and effective when I did it with my Fiance (then BF) a while ago. But I haven’t done a really comprehensive review.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@brideatbeach: As a side note, Sarah Lee 45 Calorie and Delightful bread is pretty good. I’m terrible and prefer the white but my Fiance usually gets the Wheat or the Honey Wheat. They also make Hot Dog and Hamburger buns that are 85 Calorie and Delightful if I remember correctly.

@atalante: I feel like Weight Watchers helps you eat a little bit more balanced than other calorie counting plans because of the way they calculate points to balance fat, protein, fiber and carbs. They also recently changed the systems to encourage you to eat fruits and veggies even more by making veggies and fruits free. My favourite “no points”/low cal snack is baby carrots and calorie free ranch dressing. Fills me up so I’m not tempted to reach for a box of mac and cheese or a bag of chips but doesn’t undo my day.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Aure: I have had the 45 calorie-bread before, and it’s really good. It never goes on sale at my local grocery store, though, so alas I don’t buy it. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@atalante: Hungry Girl really is a great resource!! 

You would be AMAZED at how much sodium and fat are in food at most restaurants. It was awesome when I lived in Cali because they were forced to post calories and fat content in all menu items at all eating establishments; it was a true reality check.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh! I thought of this after I left the thread.

Along the lines of Hungry Girl, a great book about how to eat and cook at home is “The skinny: How to fit into your little black dress forever”

I used to read Melissa Clark at the NYT all the time, not sure if she still writes for their food section. But the book promotes a really healthy balanced relationship with food – as a lifestyle, which is what I was looking for at the time – and I’ve enjoyed every single recipe I’ve tried out of the book.

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