How To Safely Lose Weight For Your Wedding

We all obviously want to look our best at our wedding and for many of us that involves losing a bit of weight. Don’t be tempted to partake in the latest crash diet craze ladies – we should be sensible and healthy above all else. Celebrated nutritionist Emma Olliff tells us how to lose the weight whilst achieving that glow…

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Most brides want to look their absolute best on the big day and will even go to rather extreme dieting measures to achieve their goal. Before you shell out cash on a juice cleanse or put yourself on a deprivation diet, follow my tips and tricks on dieting healthily before the wedding.

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Lose weight healthily and glow on your wedding day. Franck Boutonnet, France.

1. Ditch The Junk

Foods laden with sugar and bad fats are a guaranteed way to ensure you gain weight, become irritable, and suffer with low energy levels. One month before the your big day consider doing a clean eating diet to ensure you drop some weight safely, having beautiful glowing skin and are full of energy.  I’ve the perfect 30 day plan for you – contact me for more information:

2. Beat the Bloat

No one wants to feel puffy and bloated when they walk down the aisle. If you are already eating a pretty healthy diet then a rigid elimination diet is not for you. I would suggest that you try cutting the belly-bloating foods  (like dairy, raw cruciferous veggies,  artificial sweeteners, diet drinks, beans, salty foods, gluten, alcohol and chewing gum) from your diet starting two weeks before the big day.

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Beat the bloat and look fabulous in that dress. Wedding Photographers Chris and Verity Sansom, UK

3. Hydrate Right

Now is the time to get rid of the empty calories found in fizzy drinks, lattes and alcohol. Focus on hydrating with water, metabolism-boosting green tea, and nutrient-dense green juice.  Dieters have been filling up on water as a weight loss strategy for many years.  Scientifically speaking drinking water will not have effect your weight loss, however, by substituting it for higher calorie beverages will certainly help!  Also for beautiful, glowing skin water is absolutely crucial. Skin functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look more wrinkly and dry and hydration can improve its condition. Read more about how you can eat your way to fabulous skin:

4. Eat Clean and Keep it Fresh

Perhaps you aren’t a huge junk food consumer, but beware of those seemingly healthy, but highly processed foods on the supermarket shelves.  I suggest you choose foods that are as close to nature as you can, and eat a diet filled with all-natural whole foods.  A great example of what I mean is this is … an apple picked from a tree and in your fruit bowl hasn’t gone through many processes HOWEVER, a potato which has become a packet of crisps has undergone a huge amount of processing.  Fresh, organic produce and pasture-raised lean meats are a greart place to start. Fresh, whole foods will help you maintain energy levels, promote healthy sleeping habits, and provide ample fuel for all those bridal bootcamp workouts, that I’m sure you are partaking in!

5. Choose Foods to Help Detox

So you’ve dumped the junk and are sticking to a pretty healthy diet now, but why not go an extra step by incorporating foods with natural detoxing properties into your diet? They decrease belly bloat, aid in healthy digestion, help to alkalise the body, as well as providing you with loads of nutrients so you’re sure to feel lighter after eating these good-for-you foods.  Foods to include are: artichokes, water cress, , dark leafy greens, fresh berries,  cabbage, beetroots and drink green tea or fresh water with a squeeze of lemon and some fresh ginger.

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Emma trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine where she gained her Dip CNM. She is a fully insured member of The British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT). She is a registered member of the Complimentary Medical Association (CMA). Emma is available for nutrition appointments in Brighton and Sussex, as well as via Skype and telephone.

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