So, the very fact that you are reading this implies two things (we assume) – you are a bride-to-be and you are trying to lose weight. Are you confused about what TO eat and what NOT to eat? Well, worry not. You are not the only one out there.
Every bride wants to tone down and look her best on the big day. It is very important to maintain a fitness and diet regimen, which means you have to schedule workouts and pre-plan your daily meals. Simple mantra – eat right. Remember, there is no need to go crazy and skip meals to lose weight. You don’t want to zone out and faint on the mandap or aisle, do you? Instead, focus on developing healthy eating habits and give equal importance to physical fitness. Yeah, yeah. We’ve all heard that maybe a zillion times, but now is the time you might actually pay some attention to it.
Here are 10 tips you shouldn’t miss out on, at all.
1. Fruits And Veggies!
Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. They are highly nutritious which help you maintain a balance of vitamins and minerals. Preparing fruit smoothies and juices is a great way to kick start your day as they have an alkalizing effect on your body. Later during the day, you can fill yourself up on green leafy vegetable salads which are rich in iron.
2. Avoid Salt And Sugar
Salt makes your body retain fluids which makes you feel bloated, so try to cut down on salt. Sugar hastens the degradation of elastin which basically makes your skin age faster. Sugar is also high in calories and has no essential nutrients. However, if you have a sweet tooth and can’t resist, honey is a good substitute.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Your body primarily depends on water. Your body needs at least 2 to 3 litres of water each day for proper functioning of the cells, tissues and organs. Apart from fruit and vegetable juices, you can also try coconut water, it has few calories and is high in potassium. Cut down on caffeine and instead increase your intake of herbal tea.
4. Choose Foods With Detoxifying Properties
Keep your body free of toxins and detox your body by eating liver cleansing foods like avocado, beetroot, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, etc. These foods are filled with fibre and proteins which will help you stay fit and healthy.
5. De-stress With Magnesium
Weddings can sometimes be very stressful and consuming foods that contain magnesium can help you de-stress. Foods that are rich in magnesium include figs, banana, spinach and pumpkin seeds.
6. Cardio Workout
Cardio doesn’t have to be a snooze fest. Crank up the intensity and revitalize your workouts. Apart from the treadmill, you can also try jumping rope, sprints and cross-trainer. Cardio exercises are a great way to lose belly fat and should be done on a regular basis. You can increase your stamina and boost up your routine by having protein shakes.
7. Take A Holistic Approach
Why not try yoga? It boosts confidence and improves your mood. Many yoga asanas have a profound effect on your body and upper strength which will help tone up your muscles. You can also try meditation, it is a great way to relax and make you feel more positive.
8. Dry Fruits
Research and studies prove that dry fruits improve health and metabolism. To lose weight with dry fruits, use the divide and rule policy. Almonds are a good source of energy, so have that in the morning. After lunch, have some dried figs and pistachios in the evening. Do not overeat dry fruits as it will lead to increase in body fat.
Antioxidants like tomatoes, grapes and pomegranates are essential for good health, it helps to fight any illness and chronic diseases. Antioxidants benefit the body by neutralizing and removing the free radicals from the bloodstream. Other antioxidant foods include berries, nuts and whole grain.
10. Fat Burning Workout At Home
If you are the lazy or the shy type, and can’t find time to go to the gym everyday, try working out at home. You can do simple fat burning exercises like jumping squats, push-ups and crunches for at least 20 minutes a day. This will help you lose weight faster and even tone up your arm and thigh muscles. Now, before you begin the assault on your own, hold on. You can try out the Victoria’s Secret model routine to look like a true angel.