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To diet or not to diet for your wedding?

There's a perception that a lady must lose weight in the lead up to her wedding in order to 'look her best'. It's something that has bugged me for a while so with this blog I will look at the reasons and options involved in wedding related weight-loss.

For some, the thought of having all that planning stress and then not being able to indulge in the occasional piece of cake is enough to send them to the junk food cupboard. Honestly a lot of the pressure that we put on ourselves is unnecessary and lead by marketeers for weight-loss surgeries, diet programmes and the cosmetics industry. Just watching a couple of hours of day time tv could lead you straight to the biscuit barrel! WE can break the cycle though. Ditch the fashion and gossip mags; you know the ones with the adverts everywhere with all the 20-year olds feeling better about themselves now they have big boobs? You'll save your sanity as well as a bit of money that you can use for the wedding! Change channel when those stupid adverts come on the TV. Don't give in to the stereotypical bs that says women should make themselves pretty/thin in order to be worth marrying.

Your partner likely asked you to marry them at the weight you are now and if you're a stress eater you're going to need super powers to make it through the next few months without at least one binge. You need to accept who you are right now and focus on planning a fabulous day. And remember a lot of 'quick fix' diets result in unsustainable solutions that result in your getting 'hangry' (who wants to be a hangry bride?) and often you end up putting on a lot more weight than you originally lost!

If you decide you'd like to do something long term for yourself, look at eating solutions that don't require you to stop consuming food for long periods. Moderation is key. Eating better generally will benefit you in other ways too, like improved skin tone and hair condition. If you start your new habits early enough, you'll be able to entirely avoid the spotty breakout in the lead up to the big day too. If you don't have one, starting a skin care regime will also help.

Look at what free exercise opportunities there are near you (lots of public parks now have versions of gym equipment), or go for a walk, get off the bus a stop earlier, use the cheaper car park that is a bit further away from work.

I've heard it said that if you set yourself a weight loss target that is too high or too quick you're less likely to succeed and it won't stay off for long. A slow sustained progress is more likely to get better results, and I suspect is less traumatic on the body. Taking care of yourself doesn't have to cost a fortune either; swapping unhealthy snacks for healthier ones, making the most of free opportunities, taking small steps in the right direction.

But at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel fantastic in your own skin. Do what you need to in order to achieve that and forget all that other stuff that is designed to make you feel bad about yourself. Take pride in your achievement and rock this moment. You deserve it X