When your fiancée pops the question and you answer with a “yes”, what do you think will be the first few things that will come to mind? Where to get married, who to invite, how the gown will look like…but one of the biggest question is, and this goes for both the bride and groom, “how do I fit into my gown / suit?”
Normally when you get married, you start planning a year (sometimes more) ahead. You would often start fitting stuff about 6 months ahead just so you have a lot of time to adjust or probably lose weight. Ideally, it’s easier to adjust into a loose gown or suit rather than adding more cloth. So how do you fit into it?
There are a number of ways you can do that, but what I’m about to suggest here is the best way to go. It may not be easy or cheap but at least, you have an idea more or less on what to do.
First and foremost, SKIPPING MEALS is an old myth that has no truth or benefit. Please do not short-cut your way to losing the last few pounds or inches. Most likely, it will not benefit you in the long run and will make it harder to maintain as you near your wedding day. Some people call it “dieting”, it is definitely not. Dieting is eating the proper portion of a balanced diet at specific times of the day with the proper nutrient and calorie count. It is more than just not eating. Skipping meals is often seen as an attractive way to lose weight. Unfortunately, the side effects of skipping meals are much more serious than any potential benefits. Some consequences of skipping meals can include promoting the development of diabetes, inadequate nutrition, and drastically altering the way that your body digests food. (content lifted from http://www.fitday.com).
Here are the consequences to skipping meals or not eating properly:
Blood Sugar Drops and Spikes
One of the most important reasons that skipping meals is unhealthy is due to the effect this has on your blood sugar. When you eat a meal, your body breaks up the food. Some of this food is stored as fat, while other parts of it enter your bloodstream as sugar, and work to give you energy throughout the day. When you skip a meal, your blood sugar drops dramatically. This not only can make you feel sluggish and tired, but it can also wreak havoc with insulin in your body. If you chronically skip meals, you can be setting yourself up for the development of diabetes later in life.
Another important reason skipping meals is unhealthy is due to the fact that you are more than likely not receiving adequate nutrition. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats helps not only to make sure that your body functions properly, but can also help in the treatment and prevention of some serious conditions. Some conditions that can be improved with proper nutrition include cardiovascular disease, strokes, and some types of cancer. You may believe that you can skip meals and still meet optimal nutrition by supplementing your diet with multivitamins. And while multivitamins do have their place, research has shown that these pills aren’t as effective as real food at providing your body with what it needs. For good health, try to eat as naturally as possible.
You typically skip meals for two main reasons. One, you are ultra busy and don’t have enough time to grab a quick snack, or two, you are trying to lose weight. If you are one of the people who are trying to lose weight, you may be actually sabotaging yourself by skipping meals. When you eat, your metabolism, which is one of your body’s functions, works to break the food down into smaller, usable parts. When you skip a meal, your metabolism has nothing to do. In a way, your metabolism is like a muscle. You must use it, or you will “lose it.” When your metabolism does not have to work to break down food, it begins to slow down. Then, the next time you do actually eat something, your metabolism is not able to break the food down as quickly, and as a result the food is stored as fat. Therefore, to maintain a healthy weight (or even lose weight), it is essential that you eat regularly throughout the day. Recent research has found that five to seven small, regularly timed meals eaten over the course of a day works best when trying to maintain a healthy weight.
For those couples that have more time and money at their disposal, the faster approach would be to exercise. This goes without saying that it should be a regular on your to do list. If you have the budget for a fitness center with a personal trainer, then by all means go for it! But for those who do not have the basic requirements (time and money), let me give you a little kick-start before you move onto the more complicated workouts.
You need to start with complex movements. The more muscle group you engage, the more calories or fat you burn. The more muscle you work out, the stronger you get, the better you will be able to do the exercises therefore, progress. Too technical? Let’s put it this way…you know how you feel the burn with picking up a slightly heavy box and moving it to another place? It’s like that. This movement engages your legs, back and arms blasting your heart-rate to what seems like a gazillion pumps per second.
Same concept with these exercises. Do these at least 3-4x a week and by your second month, you’re ready to do more cardio or possibly weight lifting. Let’s start with these simple exercises (I say simple but I’m pretty sure you’d be throwing a boot at me afterwards). If you’re a dude reading this, I’d bet you think this is a wimpy exercise. Let’s see you complete this without blasting your heart rate.
1. Burpees – do this for 15 repetitions in proper form.
- On plank position, make sure your back is straight, flex your abs and your glutes (butt)
- Jump as high as you can.
- Don’t forget to breathe in from your nose, breathe out through the mouth.
- Engage your abs at all times
- Make the movement snappy and as if you are climbing
- Lunge as low as your thighs are 90-degrees, parallel to the floor
- Explode when you jump up. The jump is the most important part of the exercise.
- Be careful and avoid hitting your knee on the floor on your way down.
If you’re not yet burning up and you feel you can still move, try doing push-ups or crunches after the jumping lunges before moving on to the last set. Do this for about 3 weeks 3-4 times a week before trying harder exercises or weightlifting. Chances are, if you survive these, you’ll love yourself after 3 weeks because you are more agile, your appetite is less but you feel stronger and more alive than ever.
Lastly, you may want to take this last part of advice, or you may not. It depends on how eager you are to lose those calories to fit into your gown. All these compliment each other to get to your goals faster. You might not notice that you’ll be 2-3 dress sizes smaller by the time you do your final adjustments. This part of losing weight is supplementing. After a rigorous workout (if you already call it that), you will be depleted of your already-lacking nutrients. These nutrients are essential for metabolism and your muscle growth. Note that muscles eat fats from calories and this turns to energy. The more developed your muscles are (and I don’t mean developed as Arnold Schwarzenegger), the better your metabolism will get and the faster you burn fats. Please forget the old saying that drinking supplements will make you bulky and all edgy with muscles. Please. When you see yourself with shape, I’m going to bet a million dollars (which I don’t really have) that you’ll go for more definition because you finally realized you have and can achieve it. Here are some supplements to start with:
1. Whey protein – while this is available in most food, the commercial ones will give you a more focused and concentrated effect. None of the waste. You can find it in eggs, beef, some beans and nuts (not too much though), and some vegetables. Whey protein will not turn you into Ronda Rousey because she trains very differently than those measly burpees. The heavier weights you lift with proper timing and use will give you the physique that you’re avoiding. So unless you can bench press 200lbs in 2 months, you will not grow lady-pectorals (chest muscle) anytime soon. Use this post workout and half serving before you sleep (because resting is the time where muscles and cells repair, good to have more protein when you do)
2. Fat Burners – there are fat burners that are less intense than for men. If you don’t feel comfortable buying this, you can start with a cup of black coffee (not the instant ones) to jolt your body and kick-start your heart rate. Fat burners work the same way and helps you squeeze out excess water in your body. By the end of your workout, be sure to re-hydrate with at least a liter of water (not juice, not soda, not even gatorade). Anything with Carnitine will help the fat burning process better as it is natural in your body and the capsules will just jack up your nutrient needs for better metabolization.
4. Vitamins – choose ones that fit you. Iron is good but not too much. It relieves you of the stress but not take this during the workout period. Take it the next day when your muscles are sore and shocked. I heard Vit C, D, E, potassium and some others are okay too. You may Google this further as I’m not a doctor and wouldn’t really just recommend anything.
So these are a few suggestions you might take into consideration when you start planning your wedding. I am into fitness myself although the belt has tightened in the last few months without exercise but this coming April and May will be training days for me with Muay Thai kickboxing, a discipline I chose that is both effective in combat / self-defense as well as fitness. If you would like to know more about this, let’s talk about it. Drop me a line and I can even train you myself at Elorde Sucat, Paranaque.
You are what you do to meet your goals. The less effort you put into something will yield the same result. My last advice is invest in your body. Your wedding may be the last time you see yourself fit. Make it memorable.