Wedding planning doesn’t make losing weight easy in fact; it can make it more difficult because you can lose to much weight to soon instead of losing it to be healthy. There appears to be a lot of debate over how much a bride wants to lose before she walks down the aisle. A recent Cornell Chronicle revealed that brides are going to extreme measures to drop weight to look picture perfect. A survey was done on more than 250 brides-to-be and found that a 91% are concerned about their weight. More than one-third of them use extreme measures such as diet pills, fasting or skipping meals to achieve their desired wedding-day weight.
Getting the celebs body before the wedding
The average idealized weight for all the engaged women was 16 pounds less than their then-current weight. Of women who wanted to lose weight, their average desired weight loss was 23 pounds; 40 percent used at least one extreme weight control method and 25 percent used two or more.
In another study done 350 brides were monitored from one month before their wedding and six months after. What was found was that almost half of the participants actually lost the weight, with most losing between one and two kilos.
All of these studies that I looked into showed a sad reality, which was that those under the most pressure to drop pounds, also gained the most in the months after their marriage. Here is what I tell brides-to-be that I consult with: if your desire is to loose weight before your wedding day and to keep it off thereafter, the mindset should be that it is a lifestyle change. The same as if you change your name your goal is to keep that name. Our weight is connected to our health. No, I am not saying that every one must be “fashion model” thin but the goal should be unchangeable… “to be fit and healthy as you can possibly be“.
Dr. Ivanka Prichard, who lead the study, told the Sydney Morning Herald: ’My understanding of the situation is that they are restricting their eating and also exercising before the wedding, then afterwards it is as though it doesn’t matter any more. ‘All of us are aware that weddings are stressful anyway, and when you combine that with things like financial concerns, why add any more stress to your emotional wedding roller coaster.
‘You have to remember your beau is marrying you because of he loves you, not how you fit into your dress. But it would be nice to occasionally see that same woman AFTER the wedding‘- Milan
...Stay BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTHY