It seems to be just part of the process to lose weight for your wedding – but how can you do it in a way that doesn’t make wedding planning even more stressful, and doesn’t lead to you putting on the “newlywed ten” straight after the big day?

Owner of 101 Fitness, Melissa-Anne Smit, shares her top tips for getting in shape – and staying in shape.

Make small changes, not huge ones

When you’re planning a wedding, there’s already so much going on that it can be overwhelming. Start early so that you can make small lifestyle changes instead of feeling pressured to lose ten kilos in three months, and be patient with yourself – it does take time!

Don’t overdo it

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is over-training – working out every single day and never allowing their bodies to recover. Doing too much actually makes your body retain fat, so make sure you give yourself rest days in between big workouts for your body to rebuild. Recovery allows the body to replenish energy stores and optimise protein synthesis (the process of increasing the protein content of muscle cells, preventing muscle breakdown and increasing muscle size), enabling the truly positive effects of the workout to take place.

Find a solution to fit your personality

Before I got married, I thought that taking up running would be the best way to get in shape for the wedding day – and while it helped towards that, I hated absolutely every moment of it and gave it up the second Jay and I were married. If you want to get in shape without hating it – and keep up your good habits post wedding – it’s essential that you find a solution to fit your personality. Whether it’s long walks, dancing, weight training, or anything active you can think of – just go for something that you enjoy (or at the very least don’t hate!)

Pay attention to your muscles

Burning fat is not just about cardio. Sure, cardio may burn more calories than muscle building while you’re doing it – but your muscles will continue to burn calories 24/7. 500-1000 grams of extra muscle won’t make you look bulky, but will burn 10,000 calories more per month – and besides, toned looks so much better than flabby.

Up your liquid content – and not just water

Whether it’s your engagement party, having a few wines when planning the wedding with your girlfriends, or just being out for drinks on a Friday with the team from work, alcohol sure does dehydrate you. Whenever you have even just one drink, make sure you’re rehydrating yourself – and not just with water. Up your liquid content by making sure you’re eating watery foods, like spinach, zucchini, and potato – try having a hashbrown the next morning to rehydrate (but make sure you toast it instead of frying it)!

Always eat something small before events

Have you ever gone to the supermarket hungry? How did that turn out? Same deal applies when you show up to a party with a growling stomach and your mouth watering – you’ll make a bunch of unhealthy choices because everything looks “so good”. Make sure you eat something small – preferably protein – before you head off to any event or social opportunity.

Have an accountability partner

Whether it’s your fiancé, your maid of honour, or your mum – get someone to hold you accountable for whatever you say you’re going to do, whether it’s cutting down on sugar, going to the gym three times a week or popping out for a run each day before work. Even better, work out with them – you won’t want to let each other down and you may find that you end up getting better results if you’re a little competitive. That’s why we offer two on one personal training – it’s a fantastic way for you and your partner to get in shape together while still getting the personal touch.

101 Fitness is a special training concept based on high-intensity training for just 25 minutes once or twice a week. Personal training to fit into your schedule – they’ll have you looking toned and fit for your big day. And as a special offer for Honeypotters, come try two sessions for $29 and bring your groom or maid of honour for free! Call 09 940 7744 or email info@101fitness.co.nz to book (just mention this article!)

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