8 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain

dietingYes, you can maintain your fitness and weight loss goals for your big day. If you are a winter bride or your wedding isn’t until this summer, these 8 tips will have you feeling your best on your big day while not depriving yourself of those yummy foods all year long.

  1. Dress Your Best

I know it is tempting to just want to wear a sweater and comfy pants, but wearing your skinny jeans will actually help you sense changes in your weight and may help you eat less.  Tight clothes (skinny jeans, dresses, etc.) will help you keep track of just how much you are eating verses wearing clothes that stretch.

  1. Host Your Own Party

By hosting your own party, you are more in control of what food is served at the event.  Also, you can fill up on healthy snacks before guests arrive so that the high calorie dishes do not tempt you.

  1. Exercise As You Normally Would

Keeping up with your regular workout routine is key.  It is tempting to put off your workout until after the weather warms up and even plan on logging extra gym time later on.  But slow and steady wins the race.  If you continue to exercise during the winter, not only will you avoid extra weight gain but you will be closer to your health goals.  You will sleep better, increase your cardiovascular fitness, and increase muscle mass.

  1. Drink Water

Staying hydrated is key to controlling appetite, as well as making sure that your body’s digestive and elimination processes are functioning properly.  Water increases your metabolism, decreases muscle soreness (from all those regular workouts you are sticking to), improves digestion and helps eliminate toxins in your body.  Make sure that for every alcoholic beverage you consume, you drink 16 oz. of water to maintain proper hydration.  This is also an extremely helpful habit to get into for your wedding day.

  1. Maintain Your Sleep Schedule

Getting 8 hours of sleep per night helps your body regulate stress hormones and cortisol levels that may cause you to store fat.  You may be eating more calories than usual, but your body will be able to process them better if you are getting 8 hours of sleep per night.

  1. Don’t Wait

Don’t give yourself a pass to binge eat all the foods that you normally avoid.  Your body – especially your digestive system and waist line – will thank you for eating as you normally do, with only 1-3 days of indulgence.

  1. Don’t Go On a Crazy Cleanse or Crash Diet

By thinking that you can just lose the weight quickly you will be setting yourself up for failure.  Keeping healthy habits intact will help you feel better and stay healthy.  Gaining and losing weight quickly can have detrimental effects on your metabolism, hormones and cardiovascular system.

  1. Eat 5 Servings of Vegetables Daily

By filling up on vegetables that are naturally high in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, you will be less likely to overindulge on the higher calorie foods.   Filling up on these healthy options actually helps to decrease cravings for salt, sugar and fat.

A healthy lifestyle is addictive. Once you have established one or two healthy habits, it will become easier to add more to your weekly routine. Give yourself time and room to make mistakes when it comes to your diet and your workout routine. These 8 tips are a great place to start, will keep you on track and have you looking great on your big day!

-Jessica