Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your wedding diet – the healthy way

Many brides feel a lot of pressure to look their best on the big day. Of course, it's important to feel healthy and comfortable. However, it's not a good idea to go for extreme diets or to try and lose large amounts of weight in the run-up to the big day. As well as looking slim, it's important to make sure you look healthy, and that can only be achieved by eating a balanced diet that meets your nutritional needs.

Maybe your friends had to introduce you to all the singles Birmingham was home to before you husband-to-be him n online, or perhaps you were sent to Hong Kong for work and met him wake boarding. However you met your groom, why not blow him away by looking your healthy best on the big day with these five tips?

1) Cut out fatty and sugary snacks

A common dieting slip-up is to eat healthy meals but then weaken and snack on sugary or fatty foods. If you're at work or on the go and you feel hungry, sometimes a chocolate bar or packet of crisps can seem like the only option. However, these snacks are full of calories and won't keep you full for long. Make sure you keep some healthy options with you such as nuts and fruit for guilt-free snacking.

2) Eat slow-release carbs

Processed carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta fill you up but then leave you feeling hungry again a short time after. That means you're tempted to snack. Replace the refined, white versions of

these foods with wholegrain options for slow-release energy that will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

3) Cook well

It's easier than you think to create tasty, low-calorie versions of your favourite meals. Reduce the amount of fat in your cooking if you can. For example, make hand-cut oven chips rather than the deep-fried version. Add herbs and spices as flavouring, rather than fat. This will make your food taste great as well as helping you diet.

4) Limit alcohol

Alcohol is full of calories that give you no nutritional value at all. If you can limit your alcohol intake in the months before your wedding, then you'll lose weight more easily. You will also find that you look and feel better, with better skin and a healthy glow.

5) Exercise

Exercise can help you burn off excess calories, and it will also help improve your metabolic rate. The more lean muscle you have in your body, the more calories you'll burn. Exercise also helps you tone up, so you’ll look your absolute best when the time comes to put that special dress on.

These healthy-eating tips should leave you feeling healthy and looking trim in time for the big day. For bridesmaids looking for love, why not join the bride to be in following these dieting tips. You could blow your date away by looking exceptional in that strapless number – just try not to steal the bride’s limelight!

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